November 2009 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown to the 39th Annual Portland Marathon on 10/10/10

Looking back:  Your post-race edition


On October 4th nearly 12,000 participants from all 50 states and 21 countries packed the street of Portland for the 38th Annual Portland Marathon.  This year's event was the largest in Portland Marathon history.

In addition to the record number of participants, more than 4,500 volunteers helped with everything from cheering on participants and handing out water, to distributing medals and recycling as part of our “green team.”

This year's event helped charities and non-profit organizations raise about $2 million.  Portland Marathon will also donate more than $150,000 to over 100 local non-profits, school groups, sport teams, and other charities.

We'd like to thank you for your support and hope you will join us again next year on 10/10/10!

  Marathon Start Line (Left)    

Front and back of this year's finishers' medal


Female marathon winner, Yuri Yoshizumi (left).
Male marathon winner Jason Finch (right).

Kid's Marafun Start Line

4,500 volunteers helped at this year's event. Wouldn't be possible without them! (right)

Kaiser Permanente's Ima Blueberry helped cheer on runners (right).

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2009 Portland Marathon. It was a blast!

Bob Dolphin finished his 452nd marathon on Oct. 4, which was his 23rd Portland Marathon. He also celebrated his 80th birthday. Bob started running marathons and ultra marathons at age 51, and does more than 20 per year.

Finishers received a tree sapling. We pride ourselves on being one of the greenest marathons in the country.

Cheerleaders from Grant, Lincoln, Cleveland, Wilson, Jefferson, Franklin, Benson and Central Catholic middle and high schools cheered on runners all along the course.

"Ultra" Al Miller of Deer Island completed his 30th consecutive Portland Marathon, and 200th overall. Keep up the great work, Al!


These are just two of the 76 bands and acts we had along the Portland Marathon course this year.  The Last Regiment of Synocopated Drummers (not shown here) were a smashing success!

See, that St. John’s Bridge hill wasn't so bad after all, right? Worth it, we say!

Eleven-year-old Sarah Law suffers from a neuro-muscular disorder called arthrogryposis and is confined to a wheelchair. To raise awareness for her condition, her uncle and physical therapist pushed the length of the marathon in a jogging stroller. We were truly inspired by her story of perseverance and hope. To read an amazing story on Sarah and her family, click here.


Thank you to our Red Lizard pace team!

For more photos, please click here.

The Portland Marathon's Inaugural Half is Coming...the rumors are true!

Our new Half Marathon will be held in conjunction with our Full Marathon on 10-10-10, and will be LIMITED TO 3,000 ENTRIES.

Based on the outstanding response from our initial limited registration offer for the Half made during our Expo on October 2-3, we feel certain THE EVENT WILL SELL OUT EARLY.

During the next two months we will make special premium guaranteed entry offers on our social networks, in our newsletter and to those on our email list.

Regular registration will then open January 10th IF SPACE STILL EXISTS, and will close when the event fills, or on January 31st -- whichever comes first.

DON'T BE DISAPPOINTED! To be among the first to know when a special entry offer is made available, sign up for our newsletter, join one of our social networks, or join our email list today!

The fun's not over...

Watch for special promotions and coupons on our Facebook (Portland Marathon), MySpace, or Twitter @pdxmarathon accounts. Join our conversations about running, walking, training, and toenails (or lack thereof).

Congratulations to all of our Iraq Half Marathon finishers!

More than 1,000 soldiers participated in our half marathon events at Victory Base Camp in Baghdad, Warrior Unit, Iraq/Iran border, and Camp COBB/Adder at Tallil Airbase, Southern Iraq.  Many of the troops who participated are Oregon and Washington residents who are part of The Oregon National Guard in Fort Lewis, WA.

The Portland Marathon cares about the health and well-being of troops whether they are at home or abroad. At no charge, the Portland Marathon hosted these events for troops and provided specially printed t-shirts, lapel pins, special bibs, medals, and challenge coins.

Click here to see footage and more photos from these events.

The Nike Sport Research Lab is looking for 30 serious male and female runners between the ages of 18 - 45 years to participate in a biomechanical study on running. Runners must be either Men’s size 9 & 10 or Women’s size 8 & 9.

Volunteers should have a weekly mileage of 20-30 miles per week and no history of injury to the lower extremities in the past 6 months.

The study will require a minimum of 4 separate visits/data collections in the NSRL over a period of  3 - 4 weeks. Each visit will take approximately 1 hour. Visits will be scheduled Monday - Friday between the hours of 8 AM - 5 PM.

Nike running footwear and compensation will be provided for all volunteers.

Please email  the NSRL @ if interested.

Want to get away from the rain this winter and catch some rays?

The Portland Marathon's "Going the Distance" travel program can help you and your family book your next vacation or marathon trip. For more information, click here.

Here's what you had to say about this year's event:


I just wanted to let you know that this was a wonderful experience for me and I wanted to thank the organizers for doing a great job. This was my 3rd marathon walk, and this race was amazingly well organized, with the BEST volunteers, a great route, and great pre-race information. I was made to feel welcome even though I'm a walker--and that doesn't happen in races in other cities.
I'm definitely signing up for next year. 
Thank you!


I run a lot of races and you guys did an AMAZING job this year.  Great volunteers, well organized start.  I've complained in the past.  You silenced me and made me into a big Portland Marathon fan this year.


I just wanted to write you a letter of appreciation for all of your hard work in getting this year’s marathon off the ground. This was my first ever marathon experience and it was better than I could have ever imagined! I never dreamed of doing a marathon in my entire life until this one and the only reason I was even able to entertain the idea was because of your allowing it to be MP-3 friendly. That was what got me training for this but I have to tell you; the way you organized this event is what will bring me back for more.

To all of you at the Portland Marathon; organizers, volunteers (and I wish there were a way that I could thank the spectators here as well): Thank you for making this event so incredible, thank you for making it seem attainable for those of us who would never otherwise have the guts to try something so huge...thank you for forever changing my life.

See you 10/10/10,

I have run 23 marathons and yours 3 times now and you are the best in my eyes!
Take care,

We planted our seedlings right after we showered and got home from the race, in my sister's front yard in SE Portland. Very excited!


First and foremost, let me tell the Marathon Committee that your planning of and producing this event is fabulous!
As a participant, I could not think of one more thing
we needed anywhere along the event path.  Also, to
the amazing volunteers, you do an excellent job of
keeping us pumped and  motivated to finish each and
every mile!!
I may have stiff knees today, but I thank all of you
for your excellent preparation to make this a
spectacular day!!

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Did you catch it in the paper on marathon weekend? and the Portland Marathon still have all your post-race highlights. For participant stories, highlights and photos from The Oregonian and Oregonlive, visit the links below:

Run Oregon Blog - Portland Marathon
The Oregonian - Portland Marathon: Pace leaders play important role for runners with a time goal
The Oregonian - Photos: 2009 Portland Marathon

And, don’t forget about the "News" section of the Portland Marathon website.  We always keep lots of great stories and videos posted here year round.  Click here the view the Portland Marathon News Page.

We would like to thank our sponsors of the 2009 Portland Marathon!

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