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

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The Facts

Facts and information courtesy of Travel Portland. For more information on Portland, visit

Population 568,380 (PSU Population Research center, 2007)
2.1 million 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 January, 39.6 F
Airport Portland International Airport
Transit 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 Accolades

  • "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" – (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'

  • 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)

Fun facts about our fair city

  • 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.

Terence Kennedy of Portland, Oregon ran the Portland Marathon for his first time on October 4, 2009 just 3 weeks after his wife, Rebecca, gave birth to their first child, Warren. Rebecca stood with Warren in a sling at mile 20 to cheer on this new father and they met him at the finish line when he completed his goal of finishing under four hours. The family of three took a trip to tour the south island of New Zealand for 15 days during December 2009. This photograph is from the last day of the trip before leaving Akaroa, the town on the bay behind Terence.

Megan Clark on top of Calgary Tower in Canada.

My 2008 shirt has served me well on many hikes in the Cascades and Coast Range. This particular hike was a 13-mile loop that tags the summits of both Kings and Elk Mountains in April of 2009.

Adam Magee
Vancouver, WA
2008, 2009 finisher

My wife and I spent the week after the Portland Marathon touring the West Coast, (being from Maine we wanted to take full advantage of the plane ride west), so we went south and visited several National Parks, including Crater Lake (shown in the photo above). Several days later, I also ran the Bizz-Johnson Trail Marathon to round out the week before returning home... I couldn't pass up the chance for another marathon in another state on the same trip. It was a great trip!

David Goodrich

I wore my 2009 Portland Marathon shirt to run the Disney World Half Marathon in January 2010. This picture is in Epcot, near the finish. I also ran the Disney World Marathon the next day, but decided to wear a clean shirt.

Rudy Van Pelt
Fremont, CA

Patrick and Veronica Smith at Timberline Lodge playing in the snow.

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 this month!

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. We are still confirming specifics for this clinic, and will be doing a special email blast to you with more information as soon as we have it.

It’s almost time to kickoff the Portland Marathon Training Clinic

Portland Marathon Training Clinic starts early April. These runs are great ways to meet people, run with groups at your same speed and level, and have fun while training, and they are FREE!

Established in 1984, the Portland Marathon Training Clinic has helped thousands of runners and walkers to successfully complete the Portland Marahton. Hundreds of others have achieved their personal bests. It provides proven, safe and supported programs. It is the sanctioned official training program for the Portland Marathon (and, did we mention it’s FREE?)

To sign-up and learn more, visit

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Join Ray of Hope for the Half Marathon!

As an official Portland Marathon Charity, Ray of Hope has a limited amount of premium registration spots available for the Inaugural Portland Half Marathon, which can now only be obtained through a charity.

Come run (or walk!) for the Ray of Hope Foundation! You will have a fantastic time while helping a worthy cause! If you sign up for our team and fulfill our very reasonable fundraising requirement, you will receive these great benefits:

  • Free registration to your marathon event
  • Ray of Hope singlet or tee shirt
  • Pre-Race Pasta Party
  • Free massage and treats for our runners and walkers in our finish line tent after the race
  • Special prizes for the top 3 fundraisers!

To kick the fundraiser, Ray of Hope is hosting a fun and informative gathering on April 6, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at our office location in downtown Portland. At the kick off party:

  • A limited supply of premium registration spots for the Half Marathon will be available for people who sign up to fundraise for Ray of Hope Foundation.
  • Meet the key people in our organization, see a slide show on Ray of Hope and learn more about our programs in Kenya.
  • Enjoy beverages and appetizers.
  • You will have a Silent Auction bidding opportunity for 2 special gift baskets that contain a premium registration to the half marathon!

The Ray of Hope Foundation (ROHF) is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting global health, healing and education through the exchange of volunteers, technology, training, medical supplies, and educational programming. Ray of Hope currently has programs in regions of Kenya that deal with extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, and lack of resources.

Please RSVP for this event. Contact Andrea at If you can’t come to the kick off party, but are interested in signing up for one of our premium registration spots for the Half Marathon, contact Andrea as soon as possible to register and for fundraising details. We look forward to having you on the Ray of Hope Portland Marathon and Half Marathon team!

Want to RUNFOR a reason? One in every 3,000 children born can be affected by neurofibromatosis (NF), a progressive genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow anywhere in the body. In support of the Children’s Tumor Foundation, NF Endurance offers individuals the opportunity to participate in team endurance sports to raise money for research, promote awareness, and provide a network of caring support for those suffering with neurofibromatosis and their families.

As an official Portland Marathon Charity, the NF Endurance Team has a limited number of spots for the Inaugural Portland Half Marathon. Why NF Endurance for the Portland Half Marathon?

  • Race Registration Fee Covered
  • Fundraising Incentives including hotel and travel reimbursement
  • Free NF Endurance NEON singlet and fundraising packet
  • Team Pasta Celebration Dinner
  • Coaching and training advice from certified staff members
  • Knowing you are making a difference for the more than two million children and adults who have NF in the world

Please e-mail Emily Brown at if you are interested in signing up for a Half Marathon spot with the NF Endurance Team and RUNFOR a reason on 10.10.10! To learn more about NF Endurance visit

In your words...

We posed the question, “What's your favorite source for running tips and info?” on our Facebook page (Portland Marathon) on February 23. These are just a few of 26 comments we received…(“friend” us on Facebook to join the conversation).

Hammer Nutrition website

Runners world!

For shoe advice, you can't beat the Runner's World shoe discussion board. For marathons, Marathon and Beyond is the bomb. Though I've gotten most of my best info and advice from my runner partners and from experience.

Iron man newsletter and

Portland Marathon (

Runner’s World and Race Center

Me. :0)

Hal Higdon ( and Jeff Galloway (

#1 - Run Oregon Blog
#2 - Runner's World
#3 - Jeff Galloway
Race Center NW!!!

The Lore Of Running book ever.

Personal experience. :-)

My favorite tips are from Tri-athlete Magazine

Why, of course!!

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 road race 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


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. 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 with the title "ASK KELLY."

Here's our question for the month:

Dear Kelly -
I have not run a marathon in 30 years. I’m hoping to run the Portland Marathon at the ripe age of 66. I will probably do it anywhere from 5 to 6 hours. My question is…will there still be volunteers to cheer me to the finish?

Port Ludlow, WA

Dear Bill,
Why yes, yes there will be!!

I have run as a pacer twice now for the 4:45 group and we also do have a 5-hour pace group leader; and I’ve always gotten a great deal of support from the volunteers and the spectators.

Because the Portland Marathon course is open for 8 hours, the Portland Marathon mans aid stations for that long. Most groups that work at the aid stations work in shifts, because just like you, they’re working hard! So you’ll be greeted warmly and get a lot of support from those volunteers.

You will find there are a lot of finishers crossing the line between 5 and 6 hours. Because Portland is so well known for their long-lasting support, more runners at that pace choose to run Portland.

The spectators cheering for their friends and families know how hard it is to run a marathon. I think it’s fun to have something on your shirt, or your bib, that invokes cheering. You could get a shirt or wear a sign that says, “Cheer for me … I need it!” and you’ll be blown away by the support you get.

By the way, 66 isn’t old! I’m proud you’re running and ready to take on another marathon!

See you on 10-10-10!

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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.

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