- Register For Our Events Now! Click Here
- Registration for 2011 is open!
- Reliving 10-10-10
- Our 2010 events were a success!
- 39th annual Portland Marathon HUGE success!
- Connect with other runners and walkers!
- Portland Marathon featured on Oregonian's front page
- Heroes: The Portland Marathon Volunteers
- Next up: something less challenging than running a marathon
- Special Thanks
- Portland Marathon in Afghanistan
- Watch videos of the Portland Marathon events
- Nissan LEAF!
- In your words
- Portland Marathon course certified
- Recovery Tips from the Portland Galloway Training Clinic

November 2010 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown to the 40th Annual Portland Marathon on 10-09-11.

Registration for 2011 is open!

We opened registration on September 1 for the Portland Marathon and Portland Marathon Half. We did so to give our local friends a chance to register for next year's 40th Portland Marathon and 2nd Portland Marathon Half before we started our Regional and National ad campaigns. We realize we are likely to sell out both events earlier than last year. Plus we will close the Half by January 31st unless it sells out earlier.

The response thus far has been awesome. We are already pushing toward 1000 entries. So we think the Half will fill earlier.

Of course, this Newsletter is going out to all our subscribers, our 2010 Marathon and Half Marathon finishers as well as finishers of our prior 5 Marathon events.

2011 will be a true banner year for us with the Celebration of our 40th Portland Marathon. We will again bring the value to the event as we did in 2010....two performance shirts, our medal, pendant, challenge coin, poster and so much more.

We hope you will join with us on October 9, 2011. And, please be sure to SIGN UP EARLY!!!

Reliving 10-10-10 and looking ahead to 2011!

Our 2010 events were a success!

Our 2010 Portland Marathon Events proved to be great successes for two solid reasons: 1) our Volunteers, all true heroes, showed up, worked and stayed til the end; and, 2) our Participants toughed it out in the face of really difficult conditions.

Our new Half Marathon worked extremely well. We thank all of you for your great remarks and stories about your participation. We were pleased that Amtrak ran on time and that we had no train interruptions. All our other systems for the event also went well.

The new corral wave start was also a success. We recognized that some participants put in a slower expected time than they wanted. We will be able to correct that element this coming year with both a qualification system for the faster corrals and a method that will allow changes from one corral to another corral as long as it is undertaken before a given date in advance of the events.

And despite the rain, we were thrilled that the musicians and entertainers also all showed up. Over 90 groups performed and/or cheered.

The weather had its benefits as well. We treated less than half the medical cases as the year before and we had 3000 more participants than 2009. Runners and Walkers seemed to take better care of themselves realizing the kind of day it was.

Our Event Committee congratulates all those who went the distance this year. We know next year will be another great one...with excellent weather (you heard it here first). And it will be fun to put together a great 40th Anniversary Event.

Oh Yes......Please do not forget to register early!!

39th annual Portland Marathon HUGE success despite rain

Despite the rainy weather, we had a great Portland Marathon on 10-10-10! We couldn't have done it without your participation and enthusiasm.

More than 15,000 runners and walkers and 4,700 volunteers braved the elements to participate in the 39th Annual Portland Marathon events, which included a 26.2-mile marathon, a 13.1-half marathon and the 10k walk. This event was the largest Portland Marathon in the city's history.

Congratulations to everyone and our official winners who are as follows:

Male winner 26.2-mile - Eric Griffiths, Portland, OR, 2:28:42

Female winner 26.2-mile - Kami Semick, Bend, OR, 2:52:02

Wheelchair winner 26.2-mile - Craig Blanchette, Battle Ground, WA, 1:36:24

Male winner half marathon - Hiroshi Igarashi, Lake Oswego, OR, 1:21:40

Female winner half marathon - Varinka Barbini, Lexington, KY, 1:26:22

We'd like to thank all of the amazing volunteers, participants and spectators who helped make 10-10-10 an amazing success (even though it was a bit rainy).

Online pre-registration for the October 9, 2011 Portland Marathon and the Portland Marathon Half is open! Registration for the Half will close January 31st, if it does not sell out before then. We are headed toward 1,000 registrants as we publish. Take advantage of this year's rates and secure a place as part of the Portland Marathon's 40th Anniversary Year. Do not be disappointed in 2011. The price offered now is as low as it will get. www.portlandmarathon.org.

Thank you again! Hope you'll join us next year on 10-9-11 (register soon because we'll be sold out before you know it, really).

Connect with other runners and walkers!

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. There are so many great photos of 10-10-10! We encourage you to check them out and share yours.

Have questions or comments about our newsletter or email blasts? We'd love to hear them. Just email your thoughts to info@portlandmarathon.org.

Photo Courtesy of Motoya Nakamura/The Oregonian

Portland Marathon featured on Oregonian's front page

Portland marathoners have 15,000 reasons to run in the rain. Read the full story and watch the video here:

Heroes: The Portland Marathon Volunteers

The true heroes of the 2010 Portland Marathon which was completed today by over 10,000 runners and walkers were the members of the Portland Marathon Event Committee and the over 4000 volunteers who braved the elements, worked their stations and did their activities without complaining and with smiles to all the participants.

On 10-10-10 it can be said that they all truly went above and beyond the Call of Duty.

My thanks to all of you!

Les Smith
Event Director

Next up: something less challenging than running a marathon

After leaving 26.2 miles of blistering asphalt in your wake, you're probably thinking of little more than kicking up your aching feet and catching up on your morning zzzz. But maybe you're also considering your next big challenge. We at method say, ease into it. Take on something practical. Like visiting us at methodhome.com and signing up to become an advocate. People Against Dirty needs people like you. Thanks to all who came to see us, and our germ extinguishers, at the method tent on race day. And once again, congratulations to all of the Portland Marathon runners!

Kids Run

Thank you to all the parents, kids and volunteers that turned out for the first annual Kids Fun Run and Festival. Everyone braved the rain to run, jump, play and get their Kids Run backpacks, t-shirts and winners medals! There was plenty of fun food and face painting!! The Mounted Patrol horses and officers on site were a wonderful addition and the recipient of a generous donation by the Portland Marathon through the participation and support of all of you!!

We are proud of our community to see the wonderful support, despite the weather. Our very special thanks go to:

  • Parents who came early, stayed late and cheered on their runners-in-training!
  • Bill Rodgers (running royalty) who made a special surprise appearance and helped warm up the kids and ran with them. http://www.billrodgersrunningcenter.com
  • T-Bone, America's Fitness Ambassador, for leading all our special runners in warm ups and fun throughout the festival. http://www.tbonerun.com/school_lowf31f.htm
  • Loyal volunteers and Portland Marathon Committee members who went above and beyond to help bring this event to the community. We could not do it without you!!
  • And of course, all of the participants. It is our great pleasure to host an event to encourage kids to participate in health and wellness activities, and in particular running!!

We hope you enjoyed the Fun Run and Festival as much as we did. We invite you to stay active all year, and join us again, next year on Saturday October 8, 2011 for another even bigger festival.

The Portland Marathon
Kids Fun Run & Festival Committee

Congratulations to our overseas Portland Marathon finishers in Afghanistan

As our runners and walkers lined up in Portland on the morning of 10-10-10, so too did the members of the162nd Engineer Company who participated in a sister Portland Marathon at Camp Leatherneck, Afganistan. Their starting gun fired on the other side of the globe just as ours did in Portland. Although there were differences between the events, such as a sand storm instead of a rainstorm, dusty road instead of paved streets, gravel, local traffic and the arid dryness of the desert, the victory after completing 26.2 was just as sweet.

According to Bobby Baca CPT, 105TH EN BN Company Commander, the event turned into a multinational race as they had two Marines and 10 British Soldiers from their Route Clearance team come and participate.

As one runner put it, “ I lost 10 of sweat but took in 12 pounds of dust! The soldiers and volunteer were elated by the accomplishment and enjoyed their sister Portland Marathon. Finishers received special challenge coins as well as Portland Marathon t-shirts.

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In your words

My goal was to complete a marathon (walking.....not running) before my 70th birthday. And this very out of shape, 68 year old grandmother participated in and completed your marathon. I wasn't fast......but I wasn't trying to be fast......I was simply trying to finish.

About a year ago I started training with some girlfriends. We actually entered and completed the Big Sur Half Marathon and the Big Sur Marathon (which for walkers is only 21 miles). When I told my two adult children that I was going to try to complete the Portland Marathon they said "If you are going to be walking across that finish line....we want to be at your side" and they were.

We were a little disappointed that many of the stations were either partially or completely shut down when we got to them. And there were no stations with treats like pretzels or gummy bears which was a bummer for my son (otherwise known as "bottomless pit stomach"). We joined up along the route with other walkers who shared the same sentiments. One couple had not prepared and did not bring any food along, so we shared some power bars and nuts that we had in our fanny packs.

The volunteers that we saw were all very supportive. I personally find their kind of encouragement to be soooo important when you are struggling along. But we got lost several times because not all stations were open. Just a possible suggestion might be to have a copy of the map and perhaps chalked arrows at the spots that are difficult to figure out. At one spot we waited for another group of walkers that we had passed earlier. When we passed them earlier, we had noticed that they had on t-shirts that said they had completed the marathon in prior years....so we waited to see which way they walked.....and then continued on. Another time we stopped a policeman to ask for directions, but he was unable to answer our questions and referred us to a person on a bike who apparently had been a volunteer. He gave us the correct route info.

All in all, it was wonderful. Thank you for your hard work putting on an event of this size. It must be overwhelming.


10-10-10 was my first marathon and even though it was the hardest thing I have ever done and I still can't walk....the coordinators, volunteers and all the crowd supporters were awesome! Thank you for such an amazing experience!!! :)

I look at the Facebook page and sometimes there is SO much negativity. I just wanted to say that I'm sure it takes SO much work to make a great race and you do it well. Your race has spoiled me for things like Rock 'n Roll (seriously, you have more bands out there) and other higher dollar events. I know this year was larger due to the half, etc., and I feel even that was handled in a way that had little impact to the runners. The stops had plenty of water/drink and the corrals worked out just fine. (And to the person on Facebook that felt there was little direction to them...uh the MAP on the back of the BIB being a sign? There were tons of volunteers out directing runners as far as where to go. No problem.)

So...thank you.

Jane Buck

I planted my tree in Austin. ;-)

Hi Folks....WOW! What a fantastic event!..This was my wife, Rhonda Clark and my first Portland and we were more than impressed....You turned potential lemons (the rain) into lemonade...We will be there next year for the 2nd Half.....We're from Spokane and are familiar with some well-run events: Bloomsday, Hoopfest to name a couple (*I was a co-founder and founding board member of Hoopfest 22 years ago) and understand what it takes to put on a sustaining/growing/successful/innovative event.....

So, we'll see you next year for sure....10-9-11 here we come.....I am kicking myself for not getting Boston Billy Rodgers autograph as we entered the trade show hall....He was the winner of the first Bloomsday that I ran in 32 years ago....I am also kicking myself for losing my medallion that was given out in the "Schwag" bag at registration....If there is any way I could get a Bill Rodgers signed poster and a medallion I would be very happy to pay for them....Your giveaways were amazing!!....Thanks so much and again, Congratulations!, Dave.

Spokane, WA

Thanks to all the volunteers this year!!!! Appreciate the encouragement, high fives and cheers!!

I made the decision almost a year ago to do the Portland Marathon in order to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2011, 20 years since my first one, even though it is same day as Chicago where I live, and I'm very happy I did, despite the travel, the expense and so forth. The addition of the half meant that we could bo...th participate, which was an added incentive; but the combination of size, location, probable weather and general vibe made it an easy choice. Overall it was the most pleasure I have had in a marathon race, and the view from the St. John's Bridge was a beautiful thing. So thanks.


Portland Marathon course—trust us, it's certified in every way.

By Les Smith, Event director; Richard Busby, Course Technical Director; Lee Barrett, USATF/RRTC National Certifier for Oregon

We have received inquiries from several participants in the Portland Marathon held on October 10, 2010. To sum them up they all asked: “Why was the distance measured by my GPS watch longer than the official Marathon distance of 26.22 miles?” “Is the course wrong?” Experience has shown that the comparison of a marathon course measured by the approved method with the read-out by on a GPS watch worn by a runner on race day reveals the GPS readings are slightly longer than the certified distance. Because of such long course concerns, we recently measured the marathon course following a route more like that a runner would take, than cutting each corner as required for certification.

We used a Jones counter, the standard instrument used to certify courses, and a Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS watch. The Jones counter had the route we took being 26.27 miles long and the Garmin recorded 26.35 miles. The Portland Marathon was measured using the procedure required by USA Track and Field, (USTF) Road Running Technical Committee, the governing body for US road running. The course was also certified by USTF/RRTC and IAAF/AIMS. USTF and AIMS have strict methodology for measuring courses for certification.

The standard measurement device used is a Jones counter which is attached to the front wheel of a standard bicycle and must be calibrated before and after the measurement ride. A Jones counter typically shows around 15,300 counts per mile, or about one count every three inches. Our course was measured in this fashion by two very experienced and certified course measurers.

The measurement process requires measuring the shortest-possible distance a runner can run on race day. To ensure this, the measuring bicycle is required to ride 30 cm from the curb at each corner. The measurer must also ride the straightest line through curves and turns. The goal of this is to make sure that on race day all participants run at least the full distance of the marathon or other certified distance, as the case may be.

The former Chair of the RRTC has estimated that for the Portland Marathon course, with something like 36 turns, a runner going 1 meter wider than the shortest possible route on each turn would run an extra 53.6 meters. To permit our measurement team to follow this process as closely as possible, the measurement of the Portland Marathon course was done early on a weekend day to minimize traffic allowing us to measure the shortest route possible. On race day with over 10,000 other participants, running that “shortest distance” course would prove to be extremely difficult due to, among other things, runner traffic and the location of water stations.

The course certification process also requires the inclusion of a “short course prevention factor, “The measurer must add 1 meter of additional length to the course for every 1,000 meters of course length. Thus a 10 km certified course is measured to be 10,010 meters long. And, a certified marathon course has an additional 42 meters added to its length.
It is well recognized that GPS devices available to the general public are about 1% percent inaccurate when compared to the mechanical measurement of a known distance using the bicycle counter mentioned above.

Many factors can affect the accuracy of a GPS watch. Tall buildings along the route, rain, trees covering the course, elevation changes and the number of satellite signals received all affect the accuracy of the GPS measurement.

When the inability of the runner to run the shortest course on race day and the small inaccuracy of the GPS watch are combined, GPS readings of 26.50 miles for a certified 26.22-mile marathon are not unusual. These factors do not mean that the course is not accurate. All it means is that the GPS actually measured the distance that you, the runner, covered on race day. You did a great job because you can know for sure that you ran the full marathon distance! We know that this year was particularly challenging due to the weather, so your challenge was even more difficult to accomplish, but you completed it. Congratulations!

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Recovery Tips from the Portland Galloway Training Clinic

By Aaron Simpson

So, you've run the Portland Marathon, and your legs are feeling every bit of the 26.2 miles you pounded out. You're tired, but your recovery process shouldn't wait until tomorrow. Follow these simple tips to speed up your healing time, so you can get back on the road.

0-30 minutes after: COOL DOWN, REHYDRATE & REFUEL
The last thing you want to do is sit down, so make sure you keep moving. Keep walking for at least 5 to 10 minutes to keep that blood pumping. Proper circulation will help remove waste products like lactic acid and supply fresh oxygenated blood to your muscles. Within 30 minutes of finishing your marathon, try to consume 200-300 calories to help refuel your muscles. It's best to look for a snack that has a 4-to-1 ratio of carbohydrates and protein, and make sure to drink plenty of water to replace the electrolytes you may have lost. But make sure you don't drink too much water (that could put you at risk for hyponatremia) so try to limit your intake to 27 oz. in the first hour after you've finished. Continue to drink water throughout the day and eat healthy!

30-90 minutes after: REST, ICE, COMPRESS, ELEVATE

Rest by walking for another 30-60 minutes to keep those legs moving and keep your blood circulating through your legs. Taking a 10- to 15-minute ice bath is a great way to reduce inflammation in your legs, though the temperature of the water doesn't have to be freezing: Use cool tap water so long as it's at least 20 degrees cooler than your body temperature. You can also try an ice pack on areas that are especially tender. Compress those same areas to help speed up blood flow and elevate your legs to prevent blood from pooling. This will get blood flowing back up to the heart to help flush out those waste products.

Walk for another 30 to 60 minutes to help loosen up tight muscles and speed up circulation in your legs. This will help alleviate muscle soreness quicker and speed up your recovery time. Make sure you are drinking 4 to 6 oz. of fluids every hour, including an electrolyte formula. The “post-race letdown” can have dramatic psychological impacts that even the most focused and elite athletes deal with. Don't let it get you down by following these simple tips: Set another goal and register for your next race, sign up with a running club or clinic (like the new Lake Oswego Galloway Training group!), and schedule social runs with your friends once every couple of weeks.

Our new Lake Oswego Training Clinic starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 and will be meeting at the Lake Oswego Foot Traffic. Email Mike Smith at mike@pnwlifebalance.com for more information or go to our registration page at http://www.active.com/running-membership/lake-oswego-or/portland-oregon-galloway-training-program-10-10-2010?cmp=1745

The Portland Galloway Training Clinic, which prepares you for the Portland Half and Full Marathon, will kick off March 19, 2011 and you can email Aaron Simpson at maaronsimpson@msn.com for more information. Check out www.jeffgalloway.com to sign up for Jeff's FREE newsletter!

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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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