- Happy Valentine's Day
- We Love Our Runners
- Inside scoop on the 40th Anniversary
- Shamrock Run
- Get prepared. Play our interactive course challenge game.
- Ready to start training...almost? Your 2011 Training Options
- Fun Factoids about your Portland Marathon. Did you know...
- For your next event, try Prague
- Book your accommodations now and stay near all the action
- 40th Anniversary

February 2011 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown to
the 40th Annual Portland Marathon on 10-09-11.

Happy Valentine's Day

We Love Our...






And all of the family and friends who support them!

We are looking forward to an amazing 40th Anniversary event on
10-9-11. Hope you’ll join us!

We would like to take another moment in this special Valentine’s Day issue to say, "Thank you and we couldn’t do it without you!" Each year more than 4,500 volunteers help produce the Portland Marathon. Because the Portland Marathon is a 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 10-9-11, will be available this spring on our website: http://www2.portlandmarathon.org/volunteer/. For more information, you can also email volunteer@portlandmarathon.org

Inside scoop on the 40th Anniversary from Event Director Les Smith

Photo courtesy of Portland Tribune

February is here and we have been very busy getting ready for our 40th Anniversary event in October on 10-9-11.

Half Marathon

Public registration of the Half Marathon closed January 31st. We closed with a record number of entries. The Half now becomes charity based with two ways to gain entry:

1) Take the Challenge - Run or walk free. Under this program entry to the event is provided by one of our Official Charities, which hold Portland Marathon Half Marathon entries. Sign up under one of their programs and raise a small amount of money ($1,000 to $2,000) and there is no cost for the entry.

2) Run or walk the Half Marathon and contribute half to the Portland Marathon Charity Program. Those unable to spend time raising funds through one of our official charities to gain entry, may directly purchase an entry for $250, with half that amount going to the Charity Program. The $125 contribution is tax deductible with details of the gift shown in the registration confirmation.

See our web page for more information on these two programs. www.portlandmarathon.org

40th Anniversary

Our 40th Anniversary event will be spectacular! With us to celebrate will be legendary runners Jeff Galloway, Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers. A special poster and pin set will be created. Our medals, challenge coins, pendants and performance souvenir shirts will also commemorate this milestone. In addition, we will inaugurate our competitive DownHill Dash 10K Run event. (Details on this limited field event will be announced in May).

We also welcome additional volunteers and volunteer groups. Some great volunteer opportunities are available at this time. So do not hesitate to sign up your group by emailing: volunteer@portlandmarathon.org


Registration for the full Portland Marathon continues to move forward at a record pace. At this time in February, we have already reached the number of registered participants we had in April of last year...and we closed in July in 2010! The tip for you if you’re not registered—don’t wait.

It appears registration has been enhanced by the terrific article and “Top 10” ranking given to us by Runner's World in January. The number of entries from across the country has increased 10 times over last year. Click here to view the article.

We are also honored to have been selected by Germany's best running magazine as one of the Top 10 International Marathons. Our website is also available in German, so we anticipate even more German runners and Nordic style walkers will participate in our event this year.

So the good words for the month remain as they were last month: Please do not miss our 40th Anniversary Marathon and events this year...register early!!!

Les Smith
Event Director

Shamrock Run

It's not too late to register.

Shamrock Sunday is March 13. Don’t wait any longer to register. Go to www.ShamrockRunPortland.com and click on the highlighted box to register online. To see what’s new for 2011, go to http://www.ShamrockRunPortland.com/new_for_2011.html. Or, check out the Shamrock Run on Facebook. Get event updates, share stories, enter exclusive contests and join the Shamrock community. www.Facebook.com/ShamrockRunPortland.

Get prepared. Play our interactive course challenge game.

Ready to start training...almost? Your 2011 Training Options

1) Portland Marathon Clinic

The Portland Marathon Clinic offers several programs leading to the successful completion of the Portland Marathon October 9, 2011. Established in 1984 the Clinic has helped thousands of runners and walkers complete their first Marathon and 100's of others to achieve their personal bests. It provides proven, safe and supported programs. It is the sanctioned official training program for the Portland Marathon. Visit http://www.teamoregon.com/pmc/training/ for more information. REGULAR Clinic - Seminars start April 19, FREE runs start April 9

2) Portland Marathon Online Training

The Portland Marathon has teamed up with ActiveTrainer coaches to create Marathon, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon, 10K Non-competitive Walking and 5 Miler-competitive run training programs that are a balance of aerobic, anaerobic and cross-training workouts. Training Programs The Portland Marathon has teamed up with ActiveTrainer coaches to create Marathon, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon, 10K Non-competitive Walking and 10K running training programs that are a balance of aerobic, anaerobic and cross-training workouts. These training programs are built to get people of all levels across the finish line. From the first-timer to the seasoned veteran, you will find the right training program for you. Good luck with your training and we will see you at the finish line! If you are training for any of the races below, we recommend that you start no later than the dates below to ensure that you complete your training plan prior to the date of the race.

Distance Duration Recommended Start Date
Marathon 18 Weeks June 6, 2011
Half Marathon 12 Weeks July 18, 2011
10K Walk 8 Weeks August 15, 2011
10K Run 8 Weeks August 15, 2011
10K Run 10 Weeks August 1, 2011

The online training programs are built to get people of all levels across the finish line. From the first-timer to the seasoned veteran, you will find the right training program for you. http://training.active.com/ActiveTrainer/listing.do?listing=120

3) Women Walk the Marathon® 2001

The premier training program for training marathon walkers. Coed. Open to all ages, all shapes and sizes, all levels of previous athletic experience. Lectures and walk in Portland AND Vancouver! Women Walk the Marathon® offers information packed lectures each month because we believe you want to know about the sport, about your health, about the technology and science that support endurance walking, and much more. No program--for walkers or runners--offers more information! http://www2.portlandmarathon.org/training_wwm.php

4) The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training® is the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century (100-mile) bike rides. Since 1988, more than 380,000 volunteer participants have helped raise more than $900 million. For more information, visit http://www.portlandmarathon.org/charities.php

5) Portland Fit

By Oregonlive, RunOregon, Celia Perkins, guest community blogger Program Director, Portland Fit and Vancouver Fit

Celia Perkins, who not only is the Program Director for Portland Fit and Vancouver Fit but also is very active in the running community through her work at Road Runner Sports and her board position with the Oregon Road Runners Club, offered to give us some information for the Portland Marathon training program Portland Fit. With just over two months before the program's 2011 kick-off, now is the time to get more information. If you want to know more, there is contact information at the end of the post.

Portland Fit kicks off its 14th annual marathon training program in Portland on Saturday, March 26, 2011 and we are excited to announce the Inaugural Portland Fit - South in Tualatin beginning on Sunday, March 27. Our success has been to get more people off the couch and to the finish line than any training program!

Portland Fit is a part of the award-winning USA Fit family of training programs. As one of the largest programs in the USA FIT family, Portland Fit is proud to have won the coveted Runner's World "Golden Shoe Award" and the USA FIT "Program of the Year".

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/fdgpYC or www.portlandfit.com or e-mail help@portlandfit.com.

Let the world know why you’re training!

The official 2011 Portland Marathon training gear is here. Show the world you’re training for the 40th Anniversary Portland Marathon. Click HERE to check out our full Portland Marathon online store.

Also, don’t forget to send us photos of you in your gear. We’ll use them in the next newsletter. Feel free to share your training stories and questions too! Just email them to info@portlandmarathon.org.

Fun Factoids about your Portland Marathon. Did you know...

  • The Portland Marathon has more on-course entertainment than the “Rock N' Roll“ marathon series with more than 70 acts.
  • Runner's World magazine voted the Portland Marathon one of the most walker-friendly marathons in the country in March 2009.
  • The Cascade Range, including Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens are visible from the Portland Marathon course.
  • There were 173 finishers at the first Portland Marathon in 1971. There were only five women and the average age of participants was 20.6 years.
  • The Portland Marathon was first run on an island outside of Portland, Marathon Island, which is now know as Sauvie Island.
  • The course of the Portland Marathon goes by the smallest city park (SW Taylor and Naito) in the U.S. as well as one of the largest (Forest Park).
  • The oldest woman to finish the Portland Marathon was 91 (Mavis Lindgren). The oldest man was 95. The oldest participant in a Portland Marathon event was 100.
  • The Portland Marathon once had a 5-year old finisher (who did so without the knowledge of event officials).
  • The Portland Marathon has the highest percentage of women participants of any mixed marathon in the world.

For your next event, try Prague

Some races test your strength. Some demonstrate your courage. And some just prove that you know how to have a good time! Prague...

The Hervis Prague Half Marathon (April 2, 2011) gives runners the opportunity to discover Prague in a very different way. The race is being held on a Saturday morning, so gives you the rest of the weekend for sightseeing, and will start and terminate in the historical centre of Prague, near the Jewish Quarter.

You need something more challenging and like the idea of running alongside a river and getting lost in the narrow streets of one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities? Then Volkswagen Prague Marathon (May 8, 2011) is for you! The overall time limit is 7 hours, thereby allowing slower runners and beginners to participate as well.

Each participant in the Volkwagen Prague Marathon gets a free start number to participate in the Volkswagen Family Minimarathon 4,2 km. Registration fees also include: a quality adidas T-shirt, starting bag, start number, medal, race magazine, massage, free public transport on race day, discount vouchers to partner‘s shops, diploma and results, and a great deal more!

So choose your race at www.praguemarathon.com and register now to take advantage of a discounted fee! You can also run as a team! Book your hotel with a guarantee of the best possible price on www.praguemarathonhotels.com or arrange your travel with the local agent in USA – www.AmazingRunningTours.com!

See you in Prague!

Book your accommodations now and stay near all the action

October might seem far away, but the time will fly by. The 40th Annual Portland Marathon will be held the weekend of Oct. 8th and 9th. The Portland Hilton and Executive Tower is right in the heart of all Marathon excitement. It is located just two miles from the start/finish area and is also home to our two-day Sports and Fitness Expo sponsored by Sports Authority. To book your rooms now, visit http://bit.ly/hNDixs.

The Portland Marathon has partnered with Rovia to bring you the best deals on your marathon travel as well as your personal or business travel. Rovia beats Travelocity and Expedia 68% of the time. For more information, visit, www.GoingTheDistanceTravel.Rovia.com

40th Anniversary

October 9, 2011 will mark the 40th Annual 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.

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