February 2010 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown to the 39th Annual Portland Marathon on Oct. 10, 2010

Each year more than 4,500 volunteers help produce the Portland Marathon. We would like to dedicate this February issue to the thousands of volunteers who have helped us over the years. We like to say, "Thank you and we couldn’t do it without you!"

Because the Portland Marathon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, more than 125 local school groups, sports teams, charities, and other non-profits leverage the event to raise about $2 million each year. The Portland Marathon also donates over $150,000 back to these groups and the community.

Information about how you can volunteer or help at this year’s Portland Marathon, which will be held on 10-10-10, will be available this spring on our website: http://www2.portlandmarathon.org/volunteer/. For more information, you can also email volunteer@portlandmarathon.org.

Portland Marathon Volunteer Chair shares her inspirational story

During the 2009 Portland Marathon, Helen Smith, the Portland Marathon's Volunteer Committee Chair, took to the course to visit volunteers and experience the event first-hand. Here's what she saw….

After 25 years on the committee I decided it was finally time to actually do the Portland Marathon, though walking, of course. My goals were to finish (and not last) and to see as many of the great volunteers as possible (and a few, in particular). This experience gave me the most perspective on this event ever.

I really saw what these terrific volunteers do on event day. The aid stations were top notch. Lines of people holding out Ultima, water or gummy bears. Scores of course monitors, not only protecting the runners/walkers but cheering them on at the same time. And the finish line people really reaching out to make sure you remained steady on your feet and got what you needed to replenish.

I especially loved the young girl at the t-shirts who, when telling me that she didn't have the size I had signed up for, encouraged me to look at the next smaller size since they were men's sizes, holding it up to me and telling me it would work. She was absolutely right. Her mom then reached out in a very caring manner to mark my number as I fumbled with the t-shirt. I had forgotten how spent one is at the end having only done one marathon before and 22 years ago at that. You really need good people at the end. It was quite a nice experience.

Helen Smith
Volunteer Committee Chair

Boyscout Troop 140 has volunteered with the Portland Marathon for almost a decade!

The following account was written by John Woo, the leader for Boy Scout Troop 140 who have been long-time volunteers for the Portland Marathon.

Troop 140 has been associated with the Portland Marathon for about a decade. It is one of the most important community service events on our calendar. For a number of years, our sole job was to man the Mayors’ Walk finish line. About two years ago that finish line merged with the main Marathon finish line. As a result, we now help with providing food and drinks for the main Marathon event. In addition, due to the size of our volunteer contingent, we have often helped with other jobs when unexpected gaps needed to filled.

The big day starts early for our scouts. We meet at 5 a.m. in Oregon City, make our way downtown, and work till 1:30 p.m. It is a long day, but we finish it with a feeling of pride and accomplishment, not to mention the fun and excitement that we can palpably feel as the finishers come through. A couple of years ago, we were also asked to help out with stuffing the race packets the weekend before the race, and we have done so with a dozen or so volunteers since.

It has been our privilege to be associated with the Portland Marathon. This event provides us with a wonderful opportunity for our scouts to practice the mission of scouting. We give back to the wonderful community we live in, learn more about the spirit of service and volunteerism, the fulfillment of doing an excellent job and have a lot of fun along the way. We look forward to our continued association with this great organization.

John Woo
Leader for Boy Scout Troop 140

Did you know...

- Portland was voted the most runner-friendly city in the U.S. by Runner’s World in Dec 09! Click here to read more.

- In 2009, participants came from all 50 states with 20 foreign countries, and 58% of the 9,713 who registered were women.

- This year’s 39th annual Portland Marathon and our related events will be held on 10-10-10 (not our usual first weekend in October)!

- The Portland Marathon has more on-course entertainment than the “Rock N’ Roll” marathon series with more than 70 acts along the course.

- The Portland Marathon is one of the only remaining distance-running events in the country that allows MP3-players and Ipods.

- We had 390 gallons of orange juice, 2,400 lbs of ice and 6,000 string cheeses at the 2009 Portland Marathon.


Have a question about running in Portland? Training? Motivation? Group runs? The Portland Marathon? Kelly Johnson and her team of experts are here to help.

Kelly has been a runner for more than 18 years. She has run two marathons and has been pacer for the Portland Marathon three times. Kelly writes and manages the RunOregon blog (blog.oregonlive.com/runoregon). She has also served on the Team Red Lizard board for three years, and is a member of the Portland Marathon Committee. As you can see, Kelly loves running and talking about running.

Each month will we take your questions and answer them in Kelly's monthly column. To submit your questions, email info@portlandmarathon.org with the title "ASK KELLY."

Dear Kelly,
What's a good bra to try for us ladies with larger breasts? I don't want to draw more attention to myself with them bouncing!

Dear Friend,
Thanks for writing! I am in the same "cup" as you! Finding the right bra – for large-breasted women as well as those with smaller breasts – is one of the most important things to consider when planning your marathon training. The longer you run, both time and distance, the more damage you're doing to your breasts. The skin on your breasts is very similar to the skin on your lips – thin and delicate. When your breasts bounce, that skin is stretched and no expensive night crème will ever repair it. Click here to read up on how to find the right sports bra for you! For more information, click here.

Dear Kelly,
I've heard horror stories about nipple chafing, but I've never experienced it. Is it real? Why does that happen and how can it be prevented?
-Eric Ola

Dear Eric,

Yes, unfortunately, nipple chafing is no myth. It happens when the repetitive movement of your shirt over the sensitive, delicate skin of your nipples rubs that skin raw. This usually happens only when you're running more than 45 minutes, for some guys though it will take less time and other guys may never have a problem with it. But, do you really want to push it and take the "wait and see" approach? No. Trust me, I've seen some pretty scary things. Fortunately, it can be prevented easily with the use of band-aids, more "technical" guards, and even trying out different materials for shirts. Click here to read more about how to prevent nipple chafing. For more information, click here.

Half Marathon registration is now closed!

The new Portland Marathon Half, which opened for registration in December, is now closed.

"We are thrilled that the response was so spirited. We filled all the spots available with the exception of those being held for use by our charities and the military," said Mamie Wheeler, the Director of Development for the Portland Marathon. "Those wise enough to register early will enjoy this event. It will have all the bells and whistles of the full Marathon and more," said Wheeler.

The new Half was created to add to the versatility of the overall Marathon event. However, great care was taken to be sure the Half would not interfere with registration for the full.

"Our surveys show that when a half marathon is held on the same day as a full marathon the registration for the half double or triples the size of the marathon. Given the positive history of our event we did not want this to happen. The Portland Marathon is interested in Quality and not just the number that registers," said Les Smith, Portland Marathon Event Director.

The Marathon Committee is also happy about the full and closed registration. "This allows us to really do a good job with planning the logistics and goodies we can provide this new group," commented Jim Schaeffer, long-time Director of Logistics for the Marathon. Course Director Chris Hardman added, "This early closure and limited size insures that the element of the course will work well too."

The Official Charities of the Portland Marathon are using the new event as a fundraiser. Charities use the event on a pledge and run basis.

"This new event gives us more versatility and allows a new group to register and become official charity athletes," said Bonnie Ell, American Cancer Society, Great West Division, one of the official charities who will be utilizing the opportunity to provide half marathon race entry slots to the participants in their DetermiNation training program, who in turn will make every mile count by raising funds to help fight cancer.

Start-up or Gear-Up

Whether you are an experienced runner looking for a way to start picking up the pace, or a brand new runner setting sights on your first Portland Marathon on 10-10-10, the Shamrock Run may fit like the perfect pair of adidas running shoes. Shamrock offers distances of 5k, 8k or 15k. Many Portlanders consider the Shamrock Run to be the official opener of the local roadrace season.

The field has grown annually and this year will be no exception as 21,000 participants are expected on Sunday, March 14th. Registration is open now. If you haven’t already signed up, jump to www.ShamrockRunPortland.com.

Running as a team saves time and money. Teams of 20 save $5 per entry, are not subject to the field limit, do not have to attend packet pick-up and can run any combination of events. Team Captains also receive an incentive, and bib numbers, timing chips and shirts are shipped free to the Captain for distribution to team members. Check the website for details.

Get connected to the Shamrock Run by becoming a fan of the race. Go to www.Facebook.com/ShamrockRunPortland

While the Portland Marathon Training Clinic starts in early April, get a head start at the Shamrock Run in March. The Portland Marathon training runs are FREE! These runs are great ways to meet people, run with groups at your same speed and level, and have fun while training!

Portland Marathon Registration Scheduled to Increase in March

With the new Portland Marathon Half event full and registration now closed, the registration process for the 39th Portland Marathon continues. The current fee is $100. However, the Marathon Committee notes that this fee will increase in March. That increase is to bring the registration fee in line with other marathons of the same or similar size and value. For example, the average Rock'N'Roll marathons are now at $135. The New York Marathon at $176, if you can get in.

The Portland Marathon decided to leave the fee at the 2009 level for the five-month period following the last event. This was done despite the fact the registration fee for the new Portland Marathon Half was pegged at $125.

"We wanted to keep the Marathon at the lower level for a while to encourage early registration. This has worked. We are now nearly 600% ahead of registration at this time last year," said Les Smith, Portland Marathon Event Director.

Smith also noted, "Some folks wondered why the disparity between the two events -- why was the full Marathon less costly?" The reason was two fold:

1) We announced the Marathon fee would be going up and would end up slightly higher than the Half;

2) The Half is a new, special limited field event that would not be available after January 31. Smith added, "What is not generally known is that the cost to produce a full 26.2-mile marathon versus that a 13.1-mile half is only the difference of 6 or 7 aid stations. All of the things you must do for both are otherwise the same from registration, shirts, medals etc. And we will have different shirts, medals and related items for the new Portland Marathon Half."

The Marathon Committee is already well on the way to planning this years events. "For the new Half we are creating a very special medal that will include a removable pendant that can be worn on a necklace or bracelet," said Chris Seiler, President of Always Advancing, the long-time specialty manufacture of the Portland Marathon's award winning medals and pins. "We are also going to do a comparable pendant for the full marathon finishers. We know the finishers of both events are going to love these unique creations," added Seiler.

Other goodies for the events will be long-sleeve performance shirts, pins, roses, posters, certificates as well as lots of food and drink and The Portland Marathon's famous green touch--a tree seedling.

"This year’s event on 10-10-10 is shaping up to be a tremendous year," said Dick Busby, one of the Portland Marathon's long-time Course Directors.

Set your next goal and run in Prague!

March 27, 2010: Run the Hervis Prague Half Marathon and discover the undiscovered Prague. The race starts and finishes in the city's historical centre with an attractive course alongside the Vltava River.

May 9, 2010: Take part in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, which has recently been voted one of the most beautiful marathon courses in the world. Come enjoy a weekend of sport, fun and music in the heart of the medieval city of Prague. Every runner gets a nice technical adidas t-shirt. The time limit for the marathon is seven hours (new since 2009). If you don’t want to run alone - than choose a relay of 4 members or run as a team!

Register now to get the best price at www.praguemarathon.com and book your best-priced hotel at www.praguemarathonhotels.com. Click here to register and fly with Czech Airlines for 15% off.

Running or walking the Portland Marathon on 10-10-10?

Join us on Facebook (Portland Marathon), MySpace, or Twitter (@pdxmarathon) to share your thoughts, photos, stories, and to pose your questions about running, walking, sweating, the Portland Marathon, aid stations, and gear. The list of discussion topics is constantly changing and is so much fun. Don’t forget to join in!

Have questions or comments about our newsletter or email blasts? We’d love to hear them and will share many of them in upcoming newsletters. Just email your thoughts to info@portlandmarathon.org.

2009 Finishers - Portland Marathon survey coming your way soon!

An economic impact survey will be e-mailed to 2009 Portland Marathon finishers on Feb. 8th. We hope the survey will be interesting to you and easy to complete.

This survey is an important tool to help measure the value of the Portland Marathon to the City of Portland and the surrounding metropolitan area. The value of the findings helps the Portland Marathon Committee better plan the event. The survey also helps the City know what is important to those who visit Portland.

With the help of the survey, we were able to determine that the Portland Marathon has been Portland's largest "convention" for the past 4 years, and the eighth largest marathon in the U.S.

Two years ago the Portland Marathon and its events were conservatively estimated to have a $26 million impact on the city. This year, for the first time our related events will be included in the results. Considering the Marathon has grown over 14% in the last two years it is anticipated the impact could be well over $30 million. Portland State University is helping us with the survey this year.

It is also anticipated that the new Portland Marathon Half, which closed its registration for 3,000 participants on Jan. 31, will significantly add to the impact of this year’s 39th Portland Marathon scheduled for 10-10-10.

After completing my 24th Portland Marathon last October, I finally decided to send a photo of where I wore my finisher shirt. I took my sons to Maui for their Christmas vacation, so the photo was taken in Kihei, Maui. I love the warm weather, sunny beaches, and palm trees. It was a little too hot to wear the shirt all day, but comfortable enough for this photo opp. A few folks passing by said they have always wanted to run Portland but the timing just was not right. I simply told them it still is the best marathon out of the 71 marathons that I have finished. You guys are great and I am looking forward to completing my 25th Portland Marathon!

Bill Wasula of Portland

Roy Young wearing his 2008 shirt while snorkeling off the coast of Maui when he was there to run the Maui Marathon in Sept 2009.

After completing the 2008 Portland Marathon, Ken and Susan Ostrand of Longview, WA took a trip to the Caribbean Island of Antigua. They discovered that not only is their finisher shirt great to train in during cool weather, it also offers excellent protection from the extreme Caribbean sun!

Tamara Coleman took her Portland Marathon shirt hiking (for much less than 26.2 miles!) while in Germany and Austria in May of 2009.

For the full website of photos, click here. Or to email us your photo, just send to us via Facebook, Twitter, or email us at info@portlandmarathon.org.

US Olympian, Jeff Galloway, has coached over a million runners through his training programs, schools, e-coaching, and books

Jeff Galloway to host seminar in Portland...stay tuned for more info!

Olympian Jeff Galloway has been helping Portland Marathoners for over 20 years. He has coached over 250,000 runners and has solutions to almost any running problem. His simple system has allowed tens of thousands of former sedentary people and part-time runners to enjoy the achievement that only 2/10ths of one percent of the population does each year--cross the finish line of one of these two events.

Jeff will be coming to Portland to give a seminar in March. Details will available soon on how you can register for this exciting event, so check the homepage of our website often for updates: www.portlandmarathon.org

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10-10-10 will mark the 39th Portland Marathon. We have 74 entertainment groups at 53 locations along the course. Each year more than 12,000 people run, walk, or volunteer with the event. Proceeds from the Portland Marathon go to help local schools, charities, and non-profits. The event has been called the “best-organized marathon in North America” and has received national attention for being one of the first eco-friendly, “green” marathons.

The Portland Marathon with its closed course was the first major marathon event to endorse the use of iPods, MP3 players and other electronic devises....including cell phones. USTAF rules still bar the use of a cell phone! We continue to be an MP3 Player Friendly Marathon.

For more information, visit www.portlandmarathon.org or e-mail info@portlandmarathon.org. The Portland Marathon is also available through Facebook and Twitter (@pdxmarathon).

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