- Letter to Volunteers
- Your photos of the 40th Anniversary Portland Marathon
- 40th Anniversary Portland Marathon was our best event...ever.
- Stanford's Turkey Dinner
- Where did you plant your tree?
- Making it to the finish, one mile at a time
- What was your favorite thing about running the 2011 Portland Marathon?
- Thank you for feeding us!
- Portland Marathon's Alumni
- Get your virtual goodies and coupons, share with friends
- Amazing Grace: Dean Harvey demonstrates courage, calm against rare and deadly disease
- Congratulations to all the participants of the Portland Marathon, Half Marathon and related Events 2011!
- Ray of Hope's 10-09-11 Marathon team is empowering communities in Kenya one step at a time!!
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Our 40th Anniversary was a blast!

Letter to Volunteers

The 40th Anniversary of our event was a true success. All the pieces came to together in a beautiful mosaic. An image that reflected a wonderful adventure for over 13,000 runners and walkers; a real success for our 14 Official Charities; a very strong positive economic impact for our City; great weather for our 86 entertainment groups; and, a fantastic effort by our nearly 5000 volunteers.

The hard working members of our Marathon Committee and the efforts of our Volunteer Subcommittee headed by Helen Smith helped to make everything we did seem easy. My thanks to each of you as volunteers who made the Portland Marathon and its various related events so praiseworthy by all those who ran and walked and joined in as spectators. The congratulations on the energy, effort and efficiency of our volunteers have flowed forth in emails and other electronic postings all day.

And thanks also to those folks with Occupy Portland who cooperated with our Committee; cheered our runners and walkers; and, also worked as volunteers to help build and later clean up our Marathon venue.

So please pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Les Smith
Event Director

Your photos of the 40th Anniversary Portland Marathon

Diana Sheets, Linda Kilpatrick and Debbie Laur at the Columbia Gorge Marathon after finishing the Portland Marathon!

Anne Harris

Out of thousands of people, I spotted Kristy on the median of this road...about 4 miles into the race. What are the chances of that?

Claire Barrilleaux Bartlett

Corey Lewis

Love this pic of the start taken by my friend and support team, Cal!
The street lights look awesome.

Debbie Stevens

Here's our ORRC hat, worn at the 2011 Portland Marathon as 3 generations of our family completed! :)

Tammy Lammert Kuechler

Thank you Portland Marathon for an Excellent Experience. Tammy and Jean survived and enjoyed their first marathon and half-marathon

Stephanie Rogers

We did it!!!
Three generations :)

Joy Amorozo Currin with Marisa Aron, Andrew Brock and KristyAnn Correa.

Nicole Sharp

Beat my PR by 24 minutes. It was a great day! Big thanks to the volunteers who were so helpful!

40th Anniversary Portland Marathon was our best event...ever.

Based on the emails, tweets, cards and letters and other electronic postings that have been received, The Portland Marathon Committee has concluded that our 40th Anniversary Portland Marathon was our best Event...ever.

The cool October day allowed for great running and walking conditions for our participants. All our event systems worked. The volunteers, as always, provided the best experience possible for those running and walking or attending our Expo. Our sponsors and food partners did an awesome job in the finish area with a vast array of food that ranged from various kinds of ice cream, fruits, yogurts, juices and drinks, cookies, pastries, and even peanut butter treats from Adams to the delicious pizza bread and sandwiches from Stanford’s.

As always, our entertainment was second to no other event with well over 85 groups at 53 venues. We are pleased that our Charities were able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. And, we appreciated that the participants loved the swag we provided. Finally, a successful, revamped awards ceremony with Jeff Galloway and Frank Shorter helped to cap the festivities of a fabulous 40th.

We were also gratified that Occupy Portland (OP) saw the value in helping our Event. Amazingly, OP assisted us in building 8' black-out chain link fences which totally surrounded the two park blocks OC occupied -- two city blocks in the absolute middle of our Finish area and at the side of our Start. Then, OP helped clean up the trash created at the end of our Event.

Indirectly, OP indirectly served as a springboard that allowed the Portland Marathon to really get the message to the media and press on all that the Portland Marathon does for the Community, our Charities, and for other nonprofits, service clubs, school activities, and school athletic teams. And, also tell about all we do for our participants in terms of swag, care, food and other amenities.

So now we move from the 40th Anniversary (the celebration of 40 events...actually in less than 40 years) to a celebration of our 40th year. And, our Committee is now planning an even better Event for 2012. As one Event Director said to me, "An event like a marathon is only as good as its next event."

So plan to join us next October 7th. Tell your friends to come too. And be sure to register early...especially for our Portland Marathon Half which sells out early.

And, thanks again for participating in our event this year.

Les Smith
Event Director

Stanford's Turkey Dinner

Where did you plant your tree?

Here is a photo of me with my tree seedling from this year's Portland Marathon! The seedling made it safely through two flights to arrive in Maryland with me. Right now I just have it in a pot until I decide on a good permanent home for it! Thanks for providing this unique race prize- I think it is a really positive thing!

~Taylor Callicrate

We happily planted Adam Soll's post-marathon Douglas Fir today.

This has been an important week for our family. After two difficult deaths in our family and a drawn out process of settling family estates, the Levowitz family came together in Portland this week from Montreal, New York, Arizona, and Oregon. We convened at the marathon family reunion area to congratulate Adam for running his first marathon. The family reunion ensued and our coming together did not focus on Levowitz family losses, but instead celebrated life with our 18 month old daughter, Zoe Alessandra Soll, at the heart of the reunion. To conclude our time together, we again focused on the potential life and love have to offer as Zoe planted in Hood River, Oregon our baby Douglas Fir which was gifted to us by the Portland Marathon.

With gratitude,
Melissa, Adam, and Zoe Soll

Making it to the finish, one mile at a time

Premium content from the Portland Business Journal

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gretchen Holzgang, Portland Business Journal

Nothing quite compares to the satisfaction of accomplishing a life-long goal except, perhaps, for accomplishing that goal with thousands of people at your side.

It's hard to describe the feeling of crossing the finish line after finishing the Portland Marathon the first I've ever run. For me it was a mixture of exhausted excitement.

I not only finished, I beat my goal by a full 15 minutes. I completed the 26.2 mile course in three hours and 45 minutes followed by a wave of gratitude for the volunteers ready with space blankets, food, water and, of course, guidance on how to make your way through the finish area and to the reunion site.

It is a feeling I will never forget. Those last steps across the finish line were the culmination of 16 weeks and 600-plus miles of training runs.

The sound of the crowd of strangers cheering you all the way from start to finish and the unwavering support from my family and friends meant the world as I strived to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

And though I couldnít wait to just sit on a comfy couch afterwards, the whole experience left me counting the days until I lace up my shoes and hit the pavement to conquer my next marathon.

The Portland Marathon draws in some 16,000-plus participants (both walkers and runners) from across the nation. Add in all the volunteers, aid stations, musical acts and spectators spread across the course and you have the potential for a logistical nightmare.

Runners World magazine describes the Portland Marathon as ìone of the friendliest, best-organized, most family-oriented running and walking events in the county. That reputation is well earned.

The organizers of the Portland Marathon not only tackle the task of keeping everything running smoothly, they do with a smile on their faces. Not once before, during or after the race did I feel lost or chaotic, something I really appreciated as a first-time marathoner.

In addition, the entertainment and aid stands are an invaluable part of the experience of running 26.2 miles. I certainly wouldnít have made it up the hill to the St. Johnís Bridge as energized without the bagpipers at the foot of the bridge, or the comfort of knowing there was a volunteer waiting on the other side of the bridge with a much needed cup of water.

For me, the 2011 Portland Marathon turned out to be more than just the completion of a life-long goal. It was the beginning and inspiration for a whole new set of goals.

See more stories from the Portland Business Journal, go to Biz Journal

What was your favorite thing about running the 2011 Portland Marathon?

On Facebook, we asked you to send us your favorite thing about the 40th Anniversary Portland Marathon.
Here’s what you had to say:

Michelle G

The volunteers, crossing the finish line and eating a frozen fruit bar!

Rich P

Crossing the finish line with a personal best.

Janet D

The finish line. :)

Karen L

being able to run it with my two sisters (who came all the way from massachusetts!)

Janice Ann N

The volunteers and crowd support was phenomenal!!! Of course the finish line too, seeing my husband and son waiting for me, they had done the 10K walk.

Kelsie J

beating my time from last year by 23 minutes!!!

Hazel K

The volunteers in tuxedos that gave us our medals.

Renee B

All of the amazing volunteers. The incredible organization of the entire race-slick. And of course, THE FINISH LINE!

Anita M


Lynda P

Ran the Portland Marathon and this weekend going to run the Columbia Gorge Marathon in Hood River. Very beautiful!! Just so thankful to be a part of it all. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Shannon M

My favorite part was running with the pace group 3:35! The pacers were so upbeat, so much fun and knowledgable.

Glen P

Pacing the 3:35 group!

Heidi T

I loved the guy that was cheering us back of the packers on at the hill just before St. John's Bridge. He was awesome and we all needed that support on that hill!!

Diana S

Finishing my first marathon!

Rob B

St. John's Sarge

Julie S

The weather ... :o)

David S

The amazing volunteers' support all along the way, and beating last year's time by 44 minutes!

Erin K

The drums @ the beginning heading down Broadway. Best part for sure. Pls have these folks in future races

Cassie K

The celebration afterwards with family..love you guys!

Maureen S

The neighborhood support on Willamette!

Chris H

The fact that 4 months ago I was fat and outta shape then I set a goal and accomplished it!!

Luann R

Singing all the Folks up Willamette Hill, for the 4th year in a row, Love ya Guys, Good Job, I'm glad to help. Hummmm !!!

Frank D

The blonde holding a sign at mile 20 that said, "You have really good stamina, call me at 503........."

Vicki T

crossing the half marathon finish line with the 3 hour full marathon pace group! thanks fellas for the extra ooomph I needed to pr!

Mel S

The people of Portland lining the course..It's always the people of Portland that make this such a special marathon and keeps us coming back...

A big congratulation to all the American Cancer Society DetermiNation athletes who ran in the Portland Full and Half Marathon! What a great accomplishment! We were so lucky to have such a great group of athletes running for us this year! For those of you interested in becoming a part of the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team for next year and experiencing VIP treatment throughout your training process and race weekend, please email Hilary Elgin at Hilary.Elgin@cancer.org for more information!


Our 40th Anniversary Event produced a record number of finishers in our various timed events.

We apologize for the disruption and delay in the Half results caused by the day-of-event persons registered in the Marathon who rudely "crashed" or were "bandits" in the Half.

They did this even though we gave warnings and instructions to finish at the timed 13.1 mile point of the Full Marathon. Of course, these folks are automatically DQed by the computer system. However, it is hard for the volunteers at the finish to pick up on these scofflaws as they take medals and shirts and other swag from the real Half Marathoners who are still out on the course.

We also must warn our Marathon participants to beware of the inaccurate results that are posted on websites that "steal" or "illegally harvest" event results. One of these sites has under reported well over 1,000 results and have errors on nearly 1,500 more. So, for accurate information please remember to follow our web site, www.portlandmarathon.org.

Thank you for feeding us!

Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated food for the finish line:

Franz Bakery - Donated doughnut holes, bagels and cookies

Northland Juice - Refreshing blend of dark juices

Voskos Greek Yogurt - Several flavors of their protein packed Greek yogurt

Uncle Matt's Organic Orange Juice - A Florida based company that donated individual containers of organic OJ

Dreyers - Donated lemonade and strawberry frozen fruit bars

Frito Lay - Donated a variety of chips

Koldkist - Donated bags of ice for medical and finish food

Portland Marathon's Alumni

As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, we honored several of our long-time finishers who have each completed 25 or more consecutive Portland Marathons! You may remember seeing their profiles in the Alumni article in our Souvenir Program. To complete our recognition of these milestone marathoners, on the day of the event, they were each greeted at the finish and invited to the VIP tent to meet with Les Smith, where they were also presented with a plaque commemorating their achievement.

Congratulations again to our Alumni—keep on keepin' on for many more Portland Marathons to come!

Sonny Condor, 33 consecutive finishes

169, Jay Howe, 26 consecutive finishes

175: Randall Law, 27 consecutive finishes

218: Howard Brown, 30 consecutive finishes

226: Dick Anderson, 33 consecutive finishes

231: Lance Siebler, 26 consecutive finishes

240: Carol Dellinger, 25 consecutive finishes

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Dean Harvey (center) crosses the finish line with family and friends at the 2010 Portland Marathon. Harvey had been pushed in a three-wheeled chair through the half-marathon and got up to walk the last 50 yards. (Photo submitted by Kathi Harvey).

Amazing Grace: Dean Harvey demonstrates courage, calm against rare and deadly disease

By Doug Binder

The 2010 Portland Marathon was supposed to be Dean Harvey’s last.

That's what the doctors said. That’s what anyone with a passing understanding of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease would have said. This is not a condition that makes room for anniversaries. So last October, when friends and family of Dean pushed him on a three-wheeled chair through the half marathon, it was to make one of the final, happy memories. He stood and walked the last 50 yards under his own power. Cameras captured the moment.

But Dean stretched his race with, and against, time. As runners line up on Sunday in downtown Portland to endure another annual race, consider this: Dean Harvey has endured another year with an incurable brain disease that is usually deadly within four to six months of the first symptom. He is on Month 22.

More than that, something inside Dean refused to yield even as infectious proteins invaded his brain, damaging one tiny piece at a time. Perhaps it’s the strength that comes from his parents, who moved to Oregon from Hawaii to be at their son’s side for the past year-plus. Or the love and support of his wife, Kathi, and their two children, ages 6 and 7. Or his many friends, and co-workers at Nike, where he was an executive for 15 years.

Something has kept this 47-year-old man, a former college baseball standout, going. And it is long past the time when he was prepared to say “Good-bye.”

“It all really comes from Dean,” Kathi Harvey said on Monday. “He has always been the most positive, encouraging, and inspiring person I've ever known. So it doesn’t occur to me to not look at it as a celebration of him being here.”

Dean Harvey smiles next a Hawaiian sunset in August of 2010, on the day he renewed his wedding vows with his wife, Kathi. (Photo submitted by Kathi Harvey)

Unless Dean takes a dramatic turn for the worse – and that is possible, too – Kathi will walk the half-marathon on Sunday in honor of her husband.

The last time Dean spoke, and Kathi could understand him, was in August. A video of their wedding played on the television. It was their 11th anniversary. When the vows were spoken, Dean tried to say them along with the video.

“It was the best anniversary gift ever,” she said.

Dean cannot walk. For the past five months, he’s been eating pureed foods. He receives full-time care. And he knows he will die soon.

Months back, when Dean could still process his thoughts and speak them, he told Kathi he was leaving for a trip. “I’m going far away,” he said. “Going away, but I can’t take you with me.”

What bothered Dean was the feeling that he hadn’t packed enough for the trip.

Kathi reassured him that she would help him when it was time to leave.

The blessing in all of this, if there is one, is that there is very little physical pain associated with CJD.

Early in 2010, his symptoms began. He was having difficulty at work, forgetting things, missing deadlines. It was confusing and frustrating. He had to leave his job at Nike, where he was the general manager of Men’s Athletic Training, that June.

Dean Harvey (center) crosses the finish line with family and friends at the 2010 Portland Marathon. Harvey had been pushed in a three-wheeled chair through the half-marathon and got up to walk the last 50 yards. (Photo submitted by Kathi Harvey).

A San Francisco doctor diagnosed Dean in August of 2010. It’s CJD. And there’s no cure.

The doctor asked, “Do you have any questions?”

Dean had one.

“What would you do with the (remaining) time?”

The doctor said: “If it were me, I’d focus on my family and friends.”

That was easy for Dean. He already was doing that – and always had. Five days later, the family from Tigard was on a plane to Hawaii, where Dean and Kathy renewed their original wedding vows. Their children stood by them, as ring-bearer and flower girl.

The dementia continued and Dean’s cognition eroded away.

One night when Dean’s father was helping him to bed, Dean stopped abruptly, turned to his wife, and thought for a moment. “I have to kiss the lady good-night,” he said.

He couldn’t remember Kathi’s name, but the recognition has not vanished, even after the words are long gone.

Bob Wood, Dean’s boss for 10 years at Nike, stops by the house frequently to check on his friend or drop-off lunch. He leans over and begins to speak and witnesses Dean’s face come alive. There is something in the voice that Dean can still grasp onto.

“This thing is God awful,” Wood said, referring to the illness.

A year ago, when he could still carry on a conversation with his friend, Bob asked Dean how he could reconcile what was happening to him.

“I said ‘How do you feel?’” Bob said. “And he was at peace. This is the way it is. I’m going to spend the rest of my time with my kids. There’s no bitterness.”

Something in the way Dean lived, and in the way he is dying, there is a message for the rest of us.

Kathi has been journaling for more than a year through Care Pages. At last count, there were 791 followers of Dean’s story.

Many more will interpret what message, or lesson, Dean’s life has for the rest of us.

“For me, it’s a combination of the grace and acceptance that he has shown, along with fight and positivity,” Bob said.

Dean spent four years in Japan, heading up Nike Golf and taking on delicate negotiations while managing a new team. It was challenging work, and it was during that same time that his two children were born. He never complained about the assignment and the genuine warmth in his personality made it work.

“His patience and cultural awareness were really evident,” Bob said. “He was very effective in some pretty difficult situations.”

Dean was a rarity in other ways before his diagnosis. He was a nice guy who wasn’t afraid to be firm when it came to business decisions. And he was a fierce competitor, but also extraordinarily generous and never one to say a bad word against somebody else. Over the last 14 months, he has humbly accepted his fate and put his faith in God. He has persisted against the illness far longer than experts thought he could.

Kathi believes many of Dean’s traits are wrapped up in the Hawaiian word “Imua,” which means “to go forward with spirit.”

Said Bob: “He just has a big heart and a lot of inner strength.”

Kathi describes the last year as a roller-coaster ride and for good reason. Periods of incrementally slow, steady decline are punctuated by surprising moments of clarity.

For much of the past two weeks, Dean was only able to ingest two or three Ensure nutrition drinks each day. Then, on Sunday, he woke up bright-eyed and hungry. He ate two eggs, canned pears, and more fruit after that. Monday and Tuesday, too.

It is incredibly rare that Dean has lived so long with CJD. Why has the disease moved so slowly? No one knows.

Eventually, Dean’s marathon is going to end. The finish line is coming soon.

The Imua will go on.

For more stories by Doug Binder, visit Track Focus.

Congratulations to all the participants of the Portland Marathon, Half Marathon and related Events 2011!

I enjoyed meeting all of you at the Portland Marathon Medical Advice Booth at the Expo, and gave as many high fives in the finish line chutes as possible! It was a pleasure to see everyone achieve the goals they set out to accomplish!

Based on your questions at the Expo, I will be offering monthly tips for ways to make it across the finish line next year even stronger!

Tip #1:

1. "I've got a cold, what can I do to between now and tomorrow?"

As training frequency and volume increase, there is a greater load placed upon the immune system. If the load exceeds the bodies capacity to recover, the body is at greater risk of illness. A way to avoid this is to supplement with powdered l-glutamine. As the most abundant amino acid in the body, glutamine has a cascade of functions. In endurance events glutamine is one of the first amino acids to be depleted. Glutamine is inexpensive to produce and resilient, unlike other supplements like fish oils which are very sensitive and all are not created equal.

How uprights are you when you cross the finish line?

Lower back strength allows one's ability to stay upright. Common fitness fads refer to this as the "core" but in all reality lower back and posterior chain musculature are the "foundation." When these muscles are weak then the supporting musculature has to compensate for this weakness. To strengthen these muscles, avoid shiny modern machines. The best equipment was made 100 years ago; Deadlifts, Good Mornings, Hyperextension, Reverse Hyperextension. These lifts will not only make your competitions more enjoyable but you will increase the length of your life.

Need instructions?? Call the Coach!

A typical strength program will take an average of 12-16 weeks to go from zero to hero. If you have 100 pounds to lose or 25 pounds to gain, strength training is an investment that has a return.

I'm looking forward to helping all Live Healthy, Lean & Fit for 2012! Email me today to set up your Body analysis and Strength Program.

In the best of health,
Coach Leeper



Ray of Hope's 10-09-11 Marathon team is empowering communities in Kenya one step at a time!!

This was the third year that Ray of Hope Foundation (www.rayofhope4all.org) participated as an official charity for the Portland Marathon. We assembled a fabulous team of 40 runners and walkers whose dedicated fundraising efforts are going directly towards our programs for vulnerable and at risk youth and women in Kenya.

We had a lot of fun over race weekend! We met many wonderful people at our information booth at the Sports EXPO. On Saturday we enjoyed a delicious pasta dinner with our team and on race day we met our runners bright and early at our finish line booth so they could drop off bags and clothing. It was so exciting to spot our runners and walkers with their bright yellow Ray of Hope shirts crossing the finish line!

We invite you to join us on this journey, whether through running or walking on our team next year (race day is 10/7/12), sharing your expertise, becoming a volunteer, traveling to Kenya, sponsoring a child, or making a donation.

We are still short of our $20,000 marathon fundraising goal! Please visit http://www.active.com/donate/roh2011 to contribute to our Portland Marathon fundraiser. Even an amount as low as $10 makes a difference in the lives of the people we are helping in Kenya.

For more information, contact: admin@rayofhope4all.org

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.

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