We predict we will sell out sometime in July, so don't delay!
Did you know the marathon has received the following awards and honors:
- Top 5 medals in the U.S. (Marathon & Beyond)
- Top 10 Greenest Road Runs (Runner’s World)
- Top 10 Marathon for 1st Time Marathoners (Runner’s World)
- Best Race Swag in the Northwest (Best of Competitor 2011)
- Most Walker-Friendly Marathon in U.S. (Runner’s World)
- Best Marathon in the Northwest (Best of Competitor 2011)
Did you know event participants receive:
- 2 Shirts (ss Souvenir and ls Finisher…both performance grade)
- Medal (award winning design)
- Pendant (miniature medal created for necklace)
- Event Coin (the new "must have" collectible swag)
- Pre-Event Publication (coffee table quality)
- Event Poster
- Rose (City symbol)
- Fir Tree Seedling (A 20 year Tradition)
- Personalized Bib Option
- Mylar Blanket
- Certificate (downloadable)
- Green Bag
- Virtual Goodie Bag
- 1200 Age Division Awards
- Fabulous Food and Drink at Finish
Did you know the Portland Marathon features:
- 40 year Community, Non-Profit event
- Beautiful NW setting in Top 10 City
- Charity event -- $200K back to local nonprofits, service clubs, school sport teams and activities
- Expo, Start and Finish within a 4 block area of a vibrant downtown shopping area
- Course: a 2 difficulty on scale of 10 with 28% PRs…last 8 miles slightly downhill
- Course: open 8 hours (we wait patiently)
- 80+ Entertainment Groups at 53 locations (We "out rock" them all!!)
- iPod and MP3 player friendly
- Average 50 to 55 degree weather at start…Rain: 2x in 32 years
- 1 Volunteer for every 2 participants (4500)
- 58% Women
- 95% of Finisher's names called
- Spacious starting corrals with porta potties, baggage check and a slightly downhill start
We may not have "rock" in our name, but the Portland Marathon sure knows how to put on an awesome show. Classical, jazz, blues, rock, drums, marimba, Dixieland, big band, swing, Christian, country, Latin, Andean, and even accordions and polka, the Portland Marathon's variety of music and entertainment is sure to keep you entertained at every mile.
Over the 26.2-mile course, we will feature 80 bands and entertainers at 53 venues. In addition to bands and music, we also have cheerleaders, dancers, and spectators. We will publish a full entertainment schedule as we get closer to October.
Also don’t forget that we are MP3- and iPod friendly!
Motoya Nakamura, The Oregonian/Landov
- 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).
- It has only rained on the Portland Marathon twice in 29 years and the weather always averages 50 to 54 degrees at the start of the event.
- The Portland Marathon has the highest percentage of women participants of any mixed marathon in the world.
Fast facts about Portland
Facts and information courtesy of Travel Portland. For more information on Portland, visit www.travelportland.org.
- Population: 583,776 (US Census Bureau, July 2010)
- 2,262,605 in the Portland metropolitan area (U.S. Census, 2006)
- Area: 145 square miles
- Elevation: Average height of 173 feet above sea level
- Time zone: Pacific
- Miles to ocean: 78
- Miles to a glacier: 65 to the Palmer Glacier on Mount Hood
- Average temperatures in October: High 64°F, Low 44°F
- Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)
- Amtrak, Union Station
- MAX light rail system
- Portland Streetcar
- TriMet bus system
- Official bird: Blue heron
- Sister cities:
- Ashkelon, Israel
- Bologna, Italy
- Guadalajara, Mexico
- Kaohsiung, Taiwan
- Khabarovsk, Russia
- Mutare, Zimbabwe
- Sapporo, Japan
- Suzhou, China
- Ulsan, South Korea
Portland was almost named Boston. City founders Asa Lovejoy, who hailed from Boston, Mass., and Francis Pettygrove, of Portland, Maine, were each determined to name the new city after their respective hometowns. Unable to settle the argument, they decided to flip a coin, now known as the "Portland Penny" and on display at the Oregon Historical Society. Pettygrove won on two out of three tosses.
The “Portland” sign on the outside of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown is 65 feet high (shown above).
Many of the characters in The Simpsons are named after streets and locations in Portland, Simpsons' creator Matt Groening's hometown.
Portland is home to Voodoo Doughnut, a 24-hour doughnut shop that offers — in addition to a crazy selection of doughnuts — legal wedding ceremonies.
The Port of Portland is the largest wheat export port in the United States.
Portland is the beer capital of the world, with 32 breweries inside the city's limits — that's more than any other city in the world. If you count the entire metro area, the number jumps to 38.
There is no sales tax in Oregon.
- "Best running town" and home of the "Best urban running trail: the Leif Erickson Trail" – Runner's World (2009 and 2003)
- No. 1, "America's 50 Greenest Cities" – Popular Science magazine (February 2008)
- No. 1, "Most sustainable big cities in America" – SustainLane.com (June 2006)
- "Best Walking Town in America" – Prevention magazine (April 2006)
- No. 9, "Top 25 Fittest Cities in the United States" – Men's Fitness (February 2007)
- One of the World's Top Travel Destinations for 2007 – Frommer's Guidebooks/Frommer's.com
- No. 1 in United States for biking to work – U.S. Census Bureau (July 2007)
- America's "Best Eating Destination" – The Food Network (April 2007)
- Second Healthiest City in the U.S. – American Fitness Index (2012)
We would like to thank our featured sponsor Ultima Replenisher. We greatly appreciate their continued support and sponsorship. Seth Bovio, the company's president, with be available at the Ultima booth at the Sports Authority Sports & Fitness Expo to answer any of your questions. He is the drink's formulator as well as a marathoner who ran the 2005 Portland Marathon to quality for Boston.
What is Ultima?
Ultima is a balanced electrolyte drink that allows all essential minerals to be absorbed rapidly without engaging digestion. The drink contains all eight essential electrolytes needed for complete hydration, balanced with water-soluble vitamin C. Ultima uses no sugar or artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. It is the only sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO performance drink.
Why does it work?
Any intense activity, from playing a sport to taking a test, burns essential electrolytes. Whereas other sports drinks fail to replace all electrolytes and/or add high carbohydrate counts-requiring digestion, which diverts energy and often causes GI distress during exercise-Ultima is absorbed directly. For more information, visit the Ultima booth at the Sports Authority Sports & Fitness Expo or visit
There are so many reasons why Team In Training participants join the Team. Portland Marathon participant Sue Sumpter highlights a few of the reasons she is on the team again this season.
"I’m doing TNT because my son Andrew is a survivor of childhood cancer. He just turned 22, but when he was four and lying in the ICU we didn’t think that he would ever live long enough to celebrate this many birthdays. If it wasn’t for research done by LLS, he may well not be alive today."
"I’m doing TNT because my mother died of lymphoma - the pain and devastation of her passing still saddens me. We have to find a cure for blood cancers so families don’t go through the loss of a loved one. LLS gives millions of dollars every year to take us closer to finding those cures."
"I’m doing TNT because as Patient Services Manager for our chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society I have the honor of providing services and resources to patients, helping support them on their journey and providing financial assistance. LLS provides millions of dollars every year to directly help patients."
"I’m doing TNT because I love the camaraderie and team spirit, I love being out there on the course in my TNT shirt and being part of something special. I love crossing that finish line and knowing that I’ve done something truly remarkable to help others, raise money for such a worthy cause, and to help myself to better health and well being."
Team In Training is the first, largest and best charity endurance sports training program. For more than 20 years TNT has been training participants of all abilities to walk or run marathons and half marathons all while raising valuable funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The money raised by TNT funds life saving research, patient services and financial aid for blood cancer patients. Every TNT participant has their own reason for getting involved, whether it is in honor of a loved one, because they want to help in the fight against cancer, or they want to cross the finish line of an endurance event and support a great cause in the process. Join the team today and know that you are making a difference is so many lives, including your own. TNT is an experience that you will never forgot. Why will you join TNT this season??
To learn more about how you can join the Team to train for the Portland Marathon or Half Marathon please visit our website: www.teamintraining.org/oswim or call Marcia at 971.230.2292.
I just want to share with you some of the photos of my recently completed Great Wall of China Marathon. It is one of the most challenging marathons in the world. I did it while wearing a shirt from the recent Portland marathon so I thought you should see it.
-- Tony Lam
I thought I'd mail in my photo from Barcelona, Spain, where I wore my shirt. Behind me, the Mediterranean Sea and Africa behind the horizon. Barcelona is a fun city to run in, but local runners don long pants and jackets even in what seem balmy temps to a Portlander. It was about 65F when I ran in April. There is no better way to explore a city than to run it. Whenever I travel for business, I make it a point to try and explore it running.
-- Sascha Siekmann
Creating a general or corporate team for this year's Portland Marathon is easy and fun. Here's how:
How Do I Create A Team?
To create a team you must first choose a Team Captain.
Team Captain Instructions:
Team Captains need to register in the “Team Captains - Create & Pay for your team here”category, BEFORE you register for the event. When creating your team you will select your team name, team password (optional), category and division. You will be charged a $100 Team fee. (As Team Captain you will have access to the team information via the back office feature of Team Registration, once this team is created. See: Additional Information at the end of this page)
- After you have completed the team creation process you must now go back and register for your event. You will choose your team name from the drop down box on the registration form. PLEASE NOTE: all team members must participate in the same event to be on a team.
- Provide your Team Name (and team password if applicable) to all individuals who want to be on your Team. They will then register and choose your team name from the drop down box on the registration form during individual event registration.
- Maintain contact with team members and manage your team roster online. Roster changes are accepted until September 14, 2012. No exceptions.
- Designate a meeting area for team members before and after the race. The Marathon does not have a designated meeting area for teams.
- Verify team information by visiting the event info booth at the expo on Fri/Sat before the event.
Which Events are open to Team participation?
All Marathon events are open to Team participation. Teams members must participate in the same event to be on a team. Teams may also be competitive or non-competitive. Only competitive teams will be eligible for timing and awards. Events include: Marathon Run, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon Run, Half Marathon Walk, 10K-Non Competitive Walk, and 10K Downhill Dash Competitive Run.
Competitive vs. Non-Competitive Team Information
Non-competitive teams will not be eligible for awards. Competitive teams are eligible for awards. Only the first three (3) finishers’ times in the team event will count toward the team score and division award.
Active.com provides a Team Center for each Team Captain to access. The Team Center includes various tools that will be helpful to the Team Captain through the course of registration, including the ability to view the team roster, download team reports, email team members, invite others to join their team, etc. You can access your Team Center at www.active.com/teams. Because this team Center accesses team member information, the site is password-protected. This is why the Team Captain is required to login with his/her Active.com username and password (or establish a new account) at the time of creating a team. If you need assistance in creating your Active.com user account, please contact Active.com Customer Support t 1-877-228-4881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on creating a corporate or general team, visit www.portlandmarathon.org/events_teams.php.
The community of Portland brings much enthusiasm and support to the marathon. Our finish-line spectators are some of the best in the nation, cheering wildly for every participant coming down that home stretch.
We are pleased to announce the names of more than 95% of our participants at the finish line, and we would love to be able to personally identify you!
Please tell us an interesting fact about yourself and we will do our best to make sure your friends, family, and the rest of Portland hear about you.
Check out the “about you” section of our website. Also don’t forget to share your story on Facebook at “Portland Marathon” and Twitter @pdxmarathon.
See more info below.
Countless times I have seemingly hit a dead end during school, family issues, business problems, not enough time, etc. In cases of ultimate frustration I almost always put on the running duds and put one foot in front of the other.
Within 10 minutes I feel better. The rhythm of the feet bestows a sense of stability. The forward motion communicates a sense of positive action.
Endorphins, the positive attitude hormones, send messages that things are OK and getting better. Blood flow increases, and the mind-body network works together and revs up.
I'm running comfortably, with no significant huffing and puffing. I usually think about the problems, just staying in the moment. This is my world. This is the sacred place that I go to find my strengths.
The frontal lobe action starts gently, sorting things out. The logical left brain focuses on one issue at a time. No solutions…just the feeling that things will work out.
Very seldom is the issue resolved during one run. After the endorphins start hitting the receptor sites all over the body, problems drift into the background. They're just not that important with all of the positive things going on. Attitude improves, vitality surges. There are possibilities!
The stress of failure melts away. The left brain has sorted the problem into a series of issues that can be confronted. Things are going to work out.
Hope emerges. The right brain generates some creative possibilities. A few minutes later this intuitive component usually sends subtle feelings of strength. It's doing the incredible job of connecting us with internal resources.
With hope, we feel secure and positive. Things will move forward again. After the run, there are many possibilities. I'm looking forward to my next run.
NOTE: If you like this, check out 100 REASONS TO RUN . . . NOW !
The FREE run for this weekend will be 15, 16 and 18 miles at 8am starting from Road Runner Sports Tualatin. For driving directions see:
This week's course will be a scenic run through Tualatin using the first 7.5 to 9 miles of the route see:
RSS will offer 2 aid stations at miles 4 & 8 both out and back, but we suggest carrying a water bottle for better hydration. Please no headphones, dogs or baby joggers.
Evening Seminar July 10
Seminar Four of the Training Clinic is Tuesday, July 10 Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, 19300 SW 65th Ave., Tualatin, OR 97062. For map see:
The clinic will discuss sharpening or speedword, specific course information as well as tips for running in the heat. Plus a panel of experienced marathoners to give you some help and advice. You can register for this session ($30) on line at www.teamoregon.com/pmc or register at the door with cash or check.
Our physical therapist will be there early to help you with any injury problems.
For complete information and to register go to: www.teamoregon.com/pmc/training
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 • 9:00 am to Noon
This event is an expanded version of our Kids' Marafun Run started in 1983, traditionally held on Sunday. The Kids' Fun Run & Festival is now held on Saturday, and is dedicated to our community of active future Marathon runners, ages 2-12. The event will be fun-filled and include:
A Fun Run Obstacle Course (different age groups will go different distances), face painting, prizes, food & beverages, and photos with the Portland Police Mounted Patrol officers & horses. Traditionally local sports mascots have also made appearances, including Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers, Blaze the Trail Cat of the Portland Trail Blazers, and T-Bone, America's Health & Fitness Ambassador.
Participants must pre-register online for this event. Packet pickup and festival entry begins the morning of the event. The field is limited so enter early!
Registration information and Details to be announced!
It's all at the Hilton! It’s the site of our registration & expo, and just 3 blocks from the start/finish! Reserve your room today. If you’re coming from out of town, no need to rent a car if you’re at the Hilton. Just take MAX from the airport and walk everywhere you need to go!
(Note: registration is up this year, so book your room early to ensure availability.)
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.
What is the strangest thing you have seen while out training?
Dan -- Twice crossed paths with bears while running in Yosemite.
Sandra -- A herd of cows who had gotten out, heading straight for us. We live on the border in WA state. They were heading north to the border, when a border patrolman came and helped herd them in along with the farmer. We asked if he would draw his weapon if they wouldn't stop. He just laughed.
Cody -- Saw some mating snakes once… also saw a Falcon grab a mouse, fly up several hundred feet then drop it so it could have breakfast.
Josh -- I had a great horned owl drop on my head and claw me up a bit then fly across the street and scream at me with its wings spread. That was weird.
Jan -- Man pushing a piano down the street.
April -- Hip/thigh bone with the ball on it. I think it was an elk…I think.
Lynn -- A rabbit suddenly running along side of me…and behind him, a fox!
Mary -- A man galloping his horse around Walgreens in the middle of downtown Omaha, NE.
Michelle -- Not strange really but cool to see… last weeks long run past a pond, had about 50+ baby Crane stirred up and flying over me, not far from the ground, and really little still.
Amy -- A big fat frog sitting in the middle of the trail.
Kate -- A herd of moose
Frank -- 8 cow elk/ kept running a was about 30 yards before they ran away
Nichole -- I think it was in Portland RocknRoll Half… The guy wearing black leather pants and 6" platform boots. Apparently he ran the whole 13 miles in those boots!
Cause and Event Portland -- Strength training at the gym I saw an, ahem, older gentleman in flip flops lifting weights with a t shirt that read "Im so old I fart dust."
Gina -- Strangely beautiful…a huge swarm of ladybugs all over the road and flying thru the air for about a quarter mile. It was sooo beautiful! We tried not to step on them as we ran along the path.
Megan -- ME awake and RUNNING at 7am!
Vicki -- Here is my story from 2 days ago….BEWARE, you'll laugh… I'm not going running on Cemetery road for a lonng time…. A hawk just picked a fight with me!! Dive bombed me about 10 times!! I'm screaming at'em, throwing rocks at'em!! Got so close I could see the rounds of his pupils and yellows of his eyes! …and what do I do? Grandpa Gene gave me mace to run with so I pushed the trigger on it for the very 1st time and the f-in bird was fine, of course I'm over there gagging and coughing! Finally he called truce but it was pretty scary! And to think I got a little scared when I saw a fox hole…OH NO, BE VERY AFRAID OF THE BIRD WITH TALONS! OMGeezzz
What is easier for you to deal with when you train outside, rain or heat?
In our official non-scientific Facebook poll, 89% of you preferred rain over heat.
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.
Sunriver Marathon For A Cause
September 1, 2012
Mararthon | Half Marathon | 10k | 5k | Kid’s Race
September 1–2, 2012
Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
September 2, 2012
Learn more about all the events by going to:
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.