- Happy New Year!
- Happy New Year from the Portland Marathon Event Director: Great things about this year and last
- Already preparing for our 41st year
- 3rd Annual Half Marathon
- Running or walking your first marathon on 10.7.12? Veteran with secrets to share?
- Portland Marathon is SO much more than 26.2
- Need some inspirational gear for those training runs?
- Portland Marathon Half featured in German Road Races
- Portland Marathon runner featured in Oregonian
- Direct Giving by the Portland Marathon Program
- In Your Words
- Your photos are the best at telling our story!
- 41st Portland Marathon
January 2012 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown to the 41st Annual Portland Marathon on 10-07-12.

Happy New Year

Make a New Year's resolution now to run or walk the 41st Annual Portland Marathon or the 3rd Annual Portland Marathon HALF on 10.7.12!

But hurry... registration for the HALF closes January 31st, or earlier, and registration for the full marathon is currently ahead of this time last year!

Don't delay, reserve your place at the start line today!


Happy New Year from the Portland Marathon Event Director: Great things about this year and last

Happy New Year!

The good news for 2012 is the impact of the great Portland Marathon event we had in 2011. We had a wonderful success for all involved. And, the really good news is that as we move forward in our 40th year, our planning will make this year's October 7th Portland Marathon even better. Guaranteed!!

We thank everyone for the great compliments they sent to us about our 2011 Marathon, Half Marathon and our new 10K Downhill Dash. We also received praise on our Kid's Run & Family Festival as well as our 10K Family Walk. Many thanks. Our Committee also really appreciates the favorable comparisons our participants made about our event to the many other events that they run or walk.

We were also very pleased to announce that Competitor Magazine recently did a survey of runners and in their most recent publication labeled The Portland Marathon as "The Best Marathon in the Northwest" as well as being "The Event with the Best Swag." We were also very favorably featured in an article that appeared in Marathon & Beyond. M&B truly is the "bible" in our industry. So, our thanks to the editors of those publications for these nice accolades.

Of course, we know we are different and will remain different in a positive way from a lot of other events. We are a nonprofit event. We are not driven by profit margins. And, we have the ability to plan and act in ways that really aid and assist our community.

For 2011, we were able to give well over $200,000 to our Official Charities, other nonprofits, service clubs, school activity groups and athletic teams thru 136 checks we wrote in December. This amount does not include the $2 to $3 million raised by charities through pledge programs and related activities using our Marathon and Half Marathon as a fund raiser.

We are further pleased the Oregon National Guard unit, which we assisted with a shadow run at the time of our 2011 event, has now returned safely to Oregon from their deployment in Afghanistan. At a pending ceremony we will present finisher shirts, medals, challenge coins and pendants to those who completed our Afghanistan Full and Half Marathons. The project also raised money for the ONG's charity efforts. Our thanks to the Peter Stott Foundation for helping the Marathon with this worthwhile project in support of our troops.

And, thanks to all of you who have already signed up for our October 7, 2012 Portland Marathon and Portland Marathon Half. Registration is again moving at a record pace. Please remember that the Half Marathon price will go up January 15th and that registration will close January 31st unless its 3,000 general public slots are sold out earlier. Thereafter, the Portland Marathon Half will become a charity event. The fee will double with Half entry fees going to the charity activities of the Event.

Finally, in the next week or so a survey will go out to all those who either did not show up at the Expo or went to the Expo but did not run or walk on Marathon Day. We are curious about the reasons related to these absences.

So again, all the best for the New Year! We look forward to seeing you on October 7, 2012.

Les Smith

Already preparing for our 41st year

We are very excited for this year's 41st annual Portland Marathon and related events, which will be held on October 7, 2012! We are already busy planning and gearing up for an amazing year. This month, we are focused on two areas:

1) The half marathon

Half Marathon
We have had an amazing response for registrations for the half marathon. We are almost sold out. Regular registration for the HALF closes January 31st, unless the event sells out earlier. Once regular registration closes, a limited number of entries will be available by participation through one of our Official Charities.

Our thanks to those who have registered - we're hoping to make it your best 13.1 this year!

Click Here to view the course map.

Click Here to register.

2) 2012 training

Although the official Portland Marathon training clinic does not start until April 1st, we are busy helping participants learn about the training options available to them. Here are a few options:

Online Training Programs
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. These training programs are built to get people of all levels across the finish line. Whether you are brand-new to running or a veteran getting back into the sport and are thinking of signing up for the Portland Marathon or 1/2 Marathon, you are invited to join our training program!

Click Here for the Online Training Program.

Portland Marathon Training Clinic
The Portland Marathon Clinic offers several programs leading to the successful completion of the Portland Marathon. 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.

Enter the Training Clinic

Portland Galloway Training Program
Jeff Galloway's run-walk-run method is a great training program that can help you prepare for the Portland Marathon or 1/2 Marathon without the risk of injury. Olympian Jeff Galloway, is the author of the best-selling running book in North America and a columnist for Runner's World magazine, and has helped runners of all abilities reach their running goals. Whether you are training for the full marathon or the half marathon, Jeff's run-walk-run method will get you through to the finish line.

The Portland Galloway Training Clinic is offering a 30-week training program beginning on March 19th for the full marathon and a 17-week program beginning on June 19th for the half marathon. Whether you are brand-new to running or a veteran getting back into the sport and are thinking of signing up for the 2011 Portland Marathon or 1/2 Marathon, you are invited to join our training program!

Click Here to join us today!

Partner Events
A Portland Marathon Partner Event is a running or walking event promoted by The Portland Marathon as an interesting, challenging, fun, and well administered event that can potentially be participated in as part of training for The Portland Marathon in October.

Visit the link below for further specific details on each event

We are proud to partner this year with the following events:

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon

Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon

Learn more about our partner events, here: www.portlandmarathon.org/events_partner_runs

Coach's Corner


Coach Jared Leeper was born and raised in Oregon. He began his education at Southern Oregon University, majoring in exercise science and was a captain for the university's football team.

Jared has been professionally coaching since 2007. As a health and fitness practitioner, he is very grateful for the opportunity to assist others in achieving optimal health through education, real strength training, individualized nutrition, and had dedicated his life to helping people "Live Healthy, Lean, & Fit". "I believe that when you invest in something of value, it lasts a lifetime. And I guarantee my coaching provides this. Visit my site ProgressingPerformance.com and see how I can better your life and performance today!"

Running or walking your first marathon on 10.7.12? Veteran with secrets to share?

Join us on Facebook (Portland Marathon) 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, just to name a few. The list of discussion topics is constantly changing and is so much fun. Don’t forget to join in!

Portland Marathon is SO much more than 26.2

In addition to our 26.2-mile marathon run and walk, the Portland Marathon also has:

  • A half marathon
  • 10k family walk
  • 10k Downhill Dash
  • Kids' Fun Run and Festival
  • Two-day Sports & Fitness Expo
  • Post-event awards party
  • Three-day national event directors' college
  • Of course, an amazing 26.2 which will sell out in 2012

The Portland Marathon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that donates more than $150,000 to over 100 local non-profits, school groups, sport teams, and other charities. Our official Portland Marathon charities also raise about $2 million each year with the help of our event. For more information on any of our events or charities, visit portlandmarathon.org.

Need some inspirational gear for those training runs?

We've got your back! Click Here to check out our full Portland Marathon online store.

Portland Marathon Half featured in German Road Races

News about the Portland Marathon Half was picked up by German Road Races.
Read more here: germanroadraces.de

Portland Marathon runner featured in Oregonian

Photo courtesy of the Oregonian

On December 28, 2011 the following story was printed in the Oregonian:

Look Better/Feel Better: New Year's Motivation from Tanya Zeryck
By Joe Rojas-Burke, Oregonian

Exercising never worked for Tanya Zeryck.

"I occasionally made an attempt but never really found anything I liked," she says. She became overweight as a child, and her weight problems worsened as an adult, especially after the births of her three children.

"I gained weight with each pregnancy that I never lost," she says.

At age 39, Zeryck decided to start running and fell in love with it. "I kept adding the miles, and found the farther I went, the more I enjoyed it, which surprised me," she says. "I felt strong and energetic. I started appreciating my body in motion."

Now 50 pounds lighter, Zeryck runs five to seven miles at least four days a week, and tops it off with 10- to 20-mile run once a week, depending on where she's at in her training cycle. She's completed the Portland Marathon three times, the last one with her 13-year-old son.

How she overcame decades of aversion to exercise remains a mystery.

"If I knew, I'd write a book and make a million," Zeryck says. But she thinks persistence and patience are key. She struggled -- walking more than jogging -- for several weeks before the rewards of running started to materialize.

See more great running stories by visiting: oregonlive.com/running

Direct Giving by the Portland Marathon Program

Over the years the Portland Marathon, a 501(c)3, has made independent donations from its general fund to a variety of local charities and organizations. Additionally, through the Marathon Direct Giving Program, many direct donations are given to our volunteer groups.

The Portland Marathon recruits over 4,500 volunteers annually to assist with our event. Our volunteer program has served as a vehicle for providing school and organizational credit and experience for a host of local charities, nonprofits, sport, school, and service clubs.

It also provides a wonderful sense of community for so many who come to Portland to participate in the events of the Portland Marathon. Volunteer teams have fun, work together and benefit from being involved in a great community event. The Direct Giving Program provides an ability to earn not only experience, but also a donation for volunteering.

This unique program is based on the concept of utilizing available financial resources that come in to the Portland Marathon for another charity or organization, which in turn then helps another charity, organization or worthwhile cause. The Portland Marathon has been fortunate to be sufficiently funded so that we have been able to allocate a certain percentage of our resources to this program each year.

The Portland Marathon is a charitable community event supported by the city, sponsors, and also by other charitable groups. Each year the funds available to us vary. However, giving the funds is a pleasure for us because we really do see it benefiting many other worthwhile projects. Each year we have many success stories shared with us on how the program continues to benefit others.

For information, Click Here.

In Your Words

We asked and you answered. Here’s are just a few snippets from the awesome (and hilarious) conversations we have daily on Facebook and Twitter. There are many more great comments on our Facebook friend and fan page. To see the full conversation and get involved, click the icons below.

Since you started running what has been the biggest change you’ve seen in your life?

Brian -- I dropped 100 lbs.

Julee -- I eat more.

Kathy -- It took 8 months, but I actually started to LIKE running.

Kay-c -- New friends that share the same interest!!

Cyndee -- My attitude :)

John -- Same my attitude. I would also say my self image.

Jayde -- Everything. :-)

Stefanie -- My Emotional health... No more anti-depressants! :)

Kathy -- Self confidence. It's increased quite a bit.

Lyn -- To know that my age shouldn't stop me from fulfilling my dreams and goals. Took me two months to recover from the Mara, but I wouldn't trade it for just about anything. What an accomplishment.

Richard -- 140 pounds...

Melissa -- Attitude. There is no impossible.

Renee' -- My health and physical standards.

Mary -- My perspective on food: fuel

Shelle -- More energy and I get a craving for it...never thought I would ever feel that way!

Patti -- Lost 80 pounds and gained lots of confidence

Helen -- Perspective on what is "difficult" and what is not...

Ranee -- Gratitude. I had quit running for about a year and a half until my best friend brought me back into the fold. I am always thankful to her, health, and the ability to get a run in now.

Rich -- Consistency. Pure and simple. A quality I never had before, but had to develop in preparation for running marathons. And by the way, it serves me well in so many other areas of my life.

Joseph -- Learning there really is no limit to possible, and I am largely in control over what's probable.

Debbie -- My health and desire to keep running! I love this sport. It's the best thing that has ever happened in my life!

What tips do you have for others who have decided to train for the Portland Marathon as their New Year's resolution?

Angela -- Read, read, and read some more...read inspiring running blogs, articles, books, etc. Post inspiring quotes all over your house. And don't make unreachable time goals for yourself.

Candace -- No matter what, never doubt you'll finish at minimum. You may not make your time, you may not expect the pain you will feel, but YOU

Pam -- Look into joining a local marathon training group! There are lots of training plans out there in print & on the internet, but nothing beats a bunch of like-minded companions to run the long mileage on weekends! Keep it fun!

Trevor -- Do not procrastinate until a few months before to get some real training in. You risk injury and may not be ready. Not every workout needs to be perfect, but you need to consistently be training from many months back.

Sally -- Buy a nice running jacket that is somewhat waterproof!

Sheryl -- Don't wait...Stick to a schedule (Hal Higdon - Novice 1 or 2)! Don't cheat on your long run mileage in training! Maintain proper nutrition and hydrate properly with electrolyte drinks. My running partner and I both used Hammer Nutrition gels every 4-5 miles and Perpetuem starting at mile 10/11. We attached a small bottle to our belt (practiced in training during the long runs), and we never 'hit the wall.' I swear by the spibelt....held all of my nutrition all the way. I would rank a marathon experience up there with childbirth!! :)

April -- Find a friend to train with, eat well (not diet), and get a good play list to push you past the hard times! PM was amazing, and worth every mile of training!

John -- Make a plan, preferably one with experienced guidance, let friends know what how and when, and make yourself accountable to them. Practice running and drinking water from a paper cup so you don’t have to carry it...there are lots of water stops :-)

Ken -- Set a training schedule based on ones you find on the net. Use “Map my Run” to map out your runs. Do many smaller events to build your experience.

Renee -- CONSISTENCY. PATIENCE. And, don't beat yourself up if you have a bad training day. You CAN do it!

Your photos are the best at telling our story!

Tom at the Blue Mosque
in Turkey

Mel Sparks in his 6th
Portland Marathon

Michael Wolber running the 40th
Anniversary Portland Marathon

Nicole Sharp and friends

Jana Van Orden Baker and
Darin Baker

Race day!!! Anne Harris and
Kristy Jones

I planted the Douglas Fir when I got back to Spokane after the marathon. I put some screen around it to protect it from deer and kids. We have lots of Ponderosa Pine here. I hope the "Marathon Tree" grows. It's a lovely reminder of a great event!
Thanks so much!
- Bruce Hagstrom

Children’s Cancer Association Volunteers

October 7, 2012 will mark the 41st Annual Portland Marathon! We have 83 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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