- Get in to this green event while you can
- Eco-Friendly Portland, Go Green on your Vacation
- 2011 Portland Galloway Training Clinic
- How to avoid "hitting the wall" in the half or full marathon
- It's almost time to kickoff the Portland Marathon Training Clinic
- 2011 Training is Upon Us
- Be proud you're training!
- In your words...
- Book your accommodations now and stay near all the action

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


We sent out our traditional St Patrick's email at the end of last week. A portion of the message was in Irish Brough. But we translated. And below that we reminded our readers to sign up early for the Portland Marathon. A good Irish Day Message.

At this point we are nearly 2 months ahead in our sign up process compared to where we were last year. And, over the two last weeks the pace of registration has increased. As folks start their six month training programs we traditionally see the start of the next wave of entries.

We really do not want to see our local runners and walkers disappointed. We think it is time to stop the worry that comes when potential participants wait. Sign Up Now. It is going to be a really great year. It our 40th and will be our best ever!

Event Director Les Smith says get in to this green event while you can

Photo courtesy of Portland Tribune

Spring is almost upon us. The weather is getting better here in Portland. Many Oregon and Washington runners recently completed the Shamrock Run and are getting ready for other Spring events. Marathon Training clinics begin in April and the 40th Portland Marathon is just six short months away.

Local runners are energized and gearing up for the Portland Marathon. We want them to realize the Portland Marathon is filling faster than ever with closure sure to occur long before the event. Now is the time to sign up. REPEAT: Sign up!!

This year’s Portland Marathon will be a historic event. Think about it. Forty Portland Marathons! We know of no one who has run all of them, but a few folks who have completed over 25 Portland Marathons. If you know of any one who’s run more, please let us know (info@portlandmarathon.org).

The Portland Marathon will again this year focus on being green, which enhances our event, our community’s health and the experience of our participants.

The Portland Marathon was recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly events in the country by Runner’s World magazine. What makes us green, you ask?

The event is nearly paper free! Registration, newsletters, instructions, hotel reservations, maps, virtual goodie bag, results and certificates…none of these generate any paper waste.

No plastic water bottles here. Why use bottled water when great Portland water is available all along the course?

Also, about 5 years ago, The Portland Hilton, our headquarters and Expo location, became Portland's first Green Seal Certified hotel. We also recycle all our Expo refuse. Learn more about this awesome certification by visiting Hilton Portland Executive Tower .

Recycling at the start/finish of our event is easy. It was also nearly a "no-brainer" to add solar panels and other green touches to our event. And, nearly all the equipment for the event is used over and over again...that's green too.

Since 1992, long before green was “in” we started to give out seedling trees to all finishers. We estimate over 150,000 of these trees are growing all over the U.S. and elsewhere. We are proud of our Virtual Forest and of the national recognition and media attention we’ve received for being green. You too can be proud to participate in our event.

We hope you will join us on 10-9-11 to experience our green event, our amazing city and all of the fun of Portland Marathon weekend! Don’t wait until spring or summer to register. We will be sold out so..........REGISTER NOW!!

Les Smith
Event Director

Eco-Friendly Portland, Go Green on your Vacation

Portland OR Tree Service

Eco-Friendly Portland, Go Green on your Vacation

Courtesy of Travel Portland

Approaching Portland from the air, you can’t help but notice the abundance of green — trees are everywhere, laced throughout the urban neighborhoods and blanketing the hills and mountains.

But, as you’ve probably heard, Portland isn’t only green on the surface. Residents’ recycling and bike commuting rates are among the highest in the nation, while city planners are committed to preventing sprawl and preserving the working farms and natural wonders that ring the metropolitan area.

For visitors, the benefits of Portland’s passion for all things green take many forms:

  • One of the world’s best culinary scenes, bursting with fresh, locally grown ingredients
  • Verdant parks and gardens in the city, and majestic mountains, rivers and wilderness all around
  • Clean, accessible public transport, including a convenient light-rail connection between the airport and downtown
  • Ample trails for hiking and cycling
  • An eco-conscious hospitality community that offers certified green accommodations, tours and more.

For more information, visit http://www.travelportland.com/green-portland


2011 Portland Galloway Training Clinic

Jeff Galloway's Run/Walk method is a run-walk-run training program that can help runners 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.

Jeff's run-walk-run method will get you through to the finish line. If you interested in the full marathon training program we are kicking off March 19th and the half marathon training program is kicking off June 19th. Please contact Aaron Simpson at aaron@jeffgalloway.com for more information. You can also sign up online here.

INJURY-FREE TRAINING for the Portland Marathon or Half

Olympian Jeff Galloway will present three free informative sessions, April 3-4, on how to train for the marathon or half in October without being injured or excessively tired. Over a million runners have used his training programs successfully through his groups (including Portland and Beaverton), running schools, books and individual coaching and he has been giving clinics at the Portland marathon since the early 1980s.

His "run-walk-run" method has improved finish times and brought thousands into marathons who would not be able to do this by continuous running. Jeff shows how you can be fully prepared without spending a lot of time training.

April 3, 9:30-11am
Foot Traffic NE
4020 NE Fremont St.
Portland, OR 97212

April 4, 11am-1pm
Foot Traffic LO
333 S. State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

April 4, 4-6pm Clinic/Running School
Foot Traffic NE
4020 NE Fremont St.
Portland, OR 97212

Training Program:
Jeff Galloway Training Program

How to avoid "hitting the wall" in the half or full marathon

By US Olympian Jeff Galloway

By gradually increasing a slow long run, every 2-3 weeks to race distance you can avoid hitting the fatigue wall--even in a marathon. These gradually increasing long runs will provide the endurance needed, even if they are run 2-3 min/mile slower than you could currently run in your race (which is recommended).

The 26-miler should be scheduled 3-4 weeks before the marathon. For half marathons, a 14 miler can be scheduled two weeks before the race. Minimum needed on the non-long-run weekends is 3 miles for the half and 6 miles for the marathon. For quick recovery on all long runs, insert walk breaks as noted on my website: www.JeffGalloway.com where you will find more backup information (and in my book MARATHON--you can do it). If you are interested in groups that follow this program, go to the website and search for training programs in your area.

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 Marathon. 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 Team Oregon Training.
Portland Marathon Clinic Team Oregon PMC

FREE Training Run April 9

What does FREE mean? FREE means the runs are open to anyone who wants to run the distance with a group. You do not have be enrolled in the seminar series.

The FREE Kickoff Run for the 2011 Portland Training Clinic will be April 9 at 8 am at Mountain Hardwear, 722 SW Taylor, Portland. Mountain Hardwear will offer post run refreshments. Please leave your headphones, dogs and baby joggers at home.

These will be the first of the weekly training runs that take place Saturdays. The first run is a 4, 6 or 8 mile run on the waterfront. There are 12 pace groups led by experienced marathoners for marathon goals from under 3 hours to 5+ hours. The clinic provides some charts to help you pick your proper pace group and the volunteer leaders will help you run the right pace and have fun.

Portland Marathon Clinic Seminar Series

For the most marathon success, learn everything you need to know about marathoning by coming to the evening seminars. Topics include training plans, nutrition, physiology, psychology, flexibility/strength and speedwork. This is the place to get all those burning or personal questions answered by our coaches. You can also ask the physical therapists about any aches and pains before the seminar. The first evening seminar will be Tuesday April 19 7- 9:30 pm at Kaiser Permanente Town Hall.

The $100 marathon seminar package participants will receive 5 Tuesday evening 2 1/2 hour seminars, a book "Marathoning Start to Finish", handouts, a personalized online training schedule and log and a micro fiber Portland Marathon Training Clinic shirt. The first clinic will discuss the basics of training, how to get to the marathon healthy and how to "finish and feel good!" You can pre-register online at Team Oregon PMC and have your training schedule with distance and pace before the first run.

2011 Training is Upon Us

Photo courtesy of our Facebook Friend April

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 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.

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

3) 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.

DistanceDurationRecommended 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

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.

Be proud 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.

In your words...

Ron Stuart

I say my first marathon was tough, my wife says this was....think I'll side with her.

I live in Portland, my brother in San Francisco, and we frequently visit each other to train. We were scheduled to run PDX marathon together in 2009, but I injured myself and had to watch him run it himself, instead. To make up for it, I went down last July and ran the San Francisco marathon while HE got to watch :-) I ran the 2010 Portland Marathon this past October (my first time).

The photo is from a little 8-mile training run we did around the Presidio, each of us wearing our respective '09 and '10 PDX Marathon shirts. It was the only nice day we had while I was down there! Weather was otherwise miserable the entire time. Two days before we'd completed about 12 miles on the torturous mountain trails of Marin County, in howling cold wind, fog, and rain.

We will be running the Eugene Marathon, together, in May--and, of course, I'm gonna smoke his butt :-D

Michael Doleman


About a month after the 2010 Portland Marathon I headed out to Naha, Japan on the island of Okinawa.

Attached is just one of the photos with me in my finishers shirt (Debbie Florance; bib #8633) at the aquarium on the island of Okinawa with my 2 granddaughters.

Please feel free to use this and let me know if you have any questions.


Debbie Florace (see you on the bridge 10/9/11!)

Ran Portland in 2010 for the first time. It was my second marathon [first was Arizona Rock and Roll in Jan 2010]. Had two injuries that only allowed me to do my long runs on the weekend. Not the best way to train for 26.2 miles! But made it. Only reason I ran was to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Surpassed my goal, raising $13,000+. It was a tough race because of the weather but so worth it.

Courtesy of Facebook Friend Nancy


I started running in 2003 when my husband was training for his 1st marathon. After a left knee skiing injury in 2004, it took years of training before I was able to run my 1st marathon in 2009. In 2011, while the Portland Marathon is celebrating its 40th anniversary, my husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary by running our 1st marathon together.

Melissa Wu


Courtesy of our Facebook friend Sadie

This is my 13 year old son Tristan and I on the home stretch last year.
Tanya Z

Mother and Daughter at the finish line of the Portland Marathon 2006. Jamie had given birth to my grandson Jackson 4 months earlier, yes, 4 MONTHS EARLIER!!!

Courtesy of our Facebook Friend Elizabeth

Adrienne van Beckhoven and Nicole Douglass' First Half Marathon Ever!

Jan Stennick and Shannon Leonetti finishing their sixth PDX Marathon
Shannon and Jan have been walking partners for 7 years and have completed 10 marathons so far. They will do Vancouver in June and Portland in October for a total of 12 marathons as of 10-9-11.

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 three blocks from the start/finish area and is also home to our two-day Sports and Fitness Expo. To book your rooms now, visit http://bit.ly/hNDixs.


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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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