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Congrats to our Facebook friend Melissa who won our Zico contest! She won a case of Zico coconut water and a Zico hat!
You may remember our Facebook friend Darcy. She lost 90 pounds with the goal to finish the 2012 Portland Marathon. Here is her report.
It ended up being more of a challenge, than I could have ever anticipated. So many things went wrong, that it became the most incredible battle of the mind. I had to focus, focus, focus.
I will say that it was really the encouragement of my friends, family, other walkers, spectators and volunteers that kept me going. They were all the light in the dark. I am not so sure I could have done it without them.
The support that I received was phenomenal. And crossing the finish....well, that was a moment that changed my life.
I was lucky enough to share the last few miles with another walker who had struggled like me, and it was so amazing to not only achieve my victory, but it witness her success well.
Portland Marathon, thank you so much for allowing people like me to have the privilege to take the marathon challenge.
I found a strength that I didn't know I had, and that will serve me well for the rest of my life.
I plan to run next year; training starts soon....I will see you then.
Thank you to everyone who cheered me on...we did it!
We asked our Facebook friends, “Well? How did it go for you? Did you have fun?” Here’s what they had to say:
Marj -- I LOVE this event!! You are all SO kind to those of us who are old and SLOW. THANK YOU !!
Patrick -- Yes! Fantastic weather, GREAT volunteers, and loved whomever put up all the Patty B signs!
Scott -- 1)LOVED the pirates 2)Loved the signs! My favorite said "MOTIVATIONAL SIGN." 3)Didn't like the constant calf cramps after mile 24, but that seems to be a habit with my marathons.
Jan -- It was fabulous as always! The volunteers were amazing! Thanks everyone!
Jeanie -- Yes! PIRATES!!!
Scott -- Pirates were awesome!
Kathy -- Pirates were my favorite too! PR! Great day spent walk/running with my daughter. Third Portland Marathon together first in nice weather!
Nicole -- It was great! What a beautiful day to run in a beautiful city. Thanks so much to all the volunteers and supporters.
Aimee -- Relaxing marathon with always enough water, gummy bears, vasoline and port-a-pots! Love the after race area with so much room, food and support!
Scott -- Favorite sign: Keep running, Zombies don't like fast food!
Shannon -- Finished my first half and it couldn't have been a better experience!
Sara -- Earned another ticket to the Boston Marathon (2014) today so I'm happy - perfect weather and I must say ALL the volunteers were so helpful and friendly! Wish I lived closer to do it again - WELL DONE Portland!
Angie -- Great race! 33 min PR...couldn't be happier! My dad completed his 31st consecutive Portland Marathon today!
Sandy -- My first marathon!!! I feel so accomplished and loved every bit of it. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers, Portland police and all the great bands and cheer groups! Gotta say, the pirates were my favorite :)
Melissa -- PR for this girl!!! And thank you volunteers!
Rudi -- Ran a PR today after trying for 13 years! I was 27 on my first. Thank you everyone. Volunteers and organization were awesome.
Gayle -- Thanks so much for a great half. First time sis and I did. Definitely do again. Loved the pirates. Great support and cheering. Way to go Portland.
Garth -- My first full. Thanks for making it a great run. Thanks to all who volunteered.
Megan -- Finished my first marathon and loved it so much! My favorite moment might be the little kid who handed me water after I finished. "Congratulations! I'm sooo proud of you!" He was so cute and sincere.
Joe -- You guys put on a top notch event! Thanks Portland. Got a 14 min PR today too!
Traci -- Great run! Perfect weather! Great refreshments! Well organized! And... I finished! Couldn't ask for more! Came home and signed up for next year already! :-)
Allen -- First time here--came all the way from Austin. Incredible race. Thanks to all who helped. Portland is magic.
Tracie -- No P.R. today and glad it's done! Will be back to tackle it again.
Peggy -- Wonderful! It was my first marathon and it was a blast! Thank you Portland for making us feel welcome and cheering us on!
Justini -- Awesome!!!! It was my first marathon and I finished under 4 hours!
Lori -- Loved lived loved it--you guys were great thank you!!
Becca -- Super course, great volunteers, perfect weather and lots of swag. Awesome!
Shay -- Thank you Red Lizards and volunteers! Boston here I come :) perfect Portland day!
Atheana -- It took a long time but I got the job done! All the volunteers where awesome.
Genevieve -- Great race. It helps to get a PR!
Neva -- Thank you Portland Marathon for an awesome event! I wanted to do this event for years and I finally got my chance - it more than lived up to my expectations.
Kirsten -- this was an awesome day...first marathon and loved it
Candice -- No PR but I did get a nice tan (in October!) and the volunteers were incredible!
Angie -- Awesome job Portland Marathon! My favorite marathon so far! Volunteers were amazing, weather was perfect, course was great and I set a 14 minute PR. What a great day!!!
Michelle -- No PR :( The volunteers and the spectators were without a doubt, FABULOUS!! Hands down, this was my best mental race so far, just not my best physical race. A BIG thanks to the area handing out the beer cups :D and a huge thanks to the spectator who was handing out candy-corn!! Just Awesome! Thank you to everyone!
Viktoria -- Very well organized, great crowd control and the perfect amount of water stations! Good music, too!
Caro -- Thank you volunteers! You guys rocked!!!!!!
John -- Set a new PR by 16 seconds (since I last ran Portland in 2009). Not much, but I'll take it! Portland always puts on a first-class event. Thanks to all!
Megan -- Finished my first marathon. That was my goal: finish!! And I didn't die before the finish line. #win!
Erica -- First time running this event and first time in Portland. Great city, great event, great people. Oh yes, a PR too :)
Melanie -- First time running this event & I'd do it again! Thank you!!!!
Anna -- Could have used some water a lot sooner after climbing the St Johns Bridge than after mile marker 18. That was bogus. And during the last 8 miles a lot of the bands seems to have been taking breaks when I ran by them. Other than that, volunteers were AMAZING and the music I did hear was awesome and super motivating. Great views and well marked course. Overall, great job Portland Marathon!!!
Holly -- it was awesome! Fabulous weather for sure! and AMAZING organization and volunteers, Thank YOU!
Abbie -- fabulous event - memories to last a lifetime...
Michelle -- Awesome Race! Thank you Race Directors! ... finished a little slower than expected, but possibly broken ankle so take it.
Alison -- It was great, and the volunteers were amazing. I hope to do it again next year!
Diane -- Loved my first marathon! A beautiful day, super organized and great volunteers. Thankful to Portland Marathon Clinic for training me so well.
Dawn -- Didn't see the spectators with candy corn, but I greatly appreciate the ladies on Willamette that had Skittles!!
Heidi -- Great run, great volunteers, great entertainment and spectators, great weather, great city! Thanks, all of you, for making my first marathon so much fun!
Sam -- New PR for my wife and I. It was all good except for the gummy bears and Pretzels…
Kirsten -- the race was amazing!! And so well organized!!! The best experience!!! Everyone was so pumped!! Putting She-rah on my number was simply the best, felt like I had the biggest fan club!! Great day! Met great people along the way!! The pirates needed photo moments, just saying, they were great!
Jennifer -- We were "peas" and "carrots" (names on bibs) and first timers and last timers, LOL. Our goal was 5.5 hours and we ended at 6:03:57, not too bad considering we finished 12 out of 18 weeks of training, we didn't run/train the last 6 weeks due to injuries but we made it through! Had a lot of fun, it was an awesome experience, memories were made that's for sure! Thanks to all the spectators, volunteers, Portland PD, medics, pacers and all those behind and in front of the scenes that made and continue to make this event happen!
Robert -- Did Half Marathon and it was AWESOME! Considering I just started running two years ago, ending 154th overall and 21st in my age division was pretty amazing! Can't wait until next year ... maybe the FULL Marathon ?!?
Christina -- This was my first full marathon, pretty happy with time 5:04. Very well organized, AWSOME volunteers and chocoholic milk yum! Thank you PDX
Thersa -- This was my first 1/2. It was a great race, lots of fun. Maybe a few more bands along the industrial area would have helped. And the beer truck getting a flat tire was a bit of a bummer. Other than that, I have no complaints. I am now 1/2 way to my goal of completing a full. I want to do that before I am 40. I have a few years yet :)
Anglea -- My first marathon! A dream come true :) Felt strong and finished strong (as strong as you can when every muscle and joint is locked up) :) GORGOUS day, loved the entire race course, volunteers- awesome :) had a HUGE smile on my face the whole way and still have one on today! So PROUD to be a Portland Marathon FINISHER!!!!
Lisa -- I am a first timer and I finished...Yeah!!!! :) My husband has 2 nice marathon shirts because they were huge on me. I ordered large and they were more like a XXXL(especially the black one)!! Let me know if you have extras maybe I will buy a medium!!
Chris -- This was my third this year and by far hands down my favorite!!! No PR but pretty happy with the time considering the course. My wife ran as well (her first) and is now a marathon junkie like her hubby! Tremendous job you guys!! Sunday’s race will be the topic of our conversation for many weeks to come :)
Gary -- I took up running like five months ago and on a last minute whim decided to do the marathon. It was so awesome that I sure I'll continue to be inspired to keep running for a long time!
What were your favorite signs along the route?
Robin -- “Worst Parade ever” and "that's what she said"
Brooke -- "Imagine Morgan Freeman narrating your marathon"
Missy -- Chuck Norris never ran a Marathon!
Leah -- Psst.....don't look now, but someone's following you
Dina -- "On a scale of 1-10, you're a 26.2"
Mark -- Chafe now, brag forever.
James -- "Motivation sign" being held by a little girl with a smirk on her face. Priceless.
Michelle -- "Smile if you're not wearing underwear." "Don't look now but I think you're being followed." "Crazy got you this far. Grit takes you to the finish."
Michael -- The one hanging at the end that said "FINISH"
Mindy -- "Don’t stop Feral Squirrels the next 5 miles"
Neva -- Go Random Stranger, Go
Emily -- Seen on a t-shirt: 26.2 ... because 26.3 would be CRAZY. And the fat lady singing!! I was looking for her starting around mile 24 :)
Jessica -- Pain is temporary…Pride is forever!!
Kari -- "Those shorts make your butt look fast"!!! :)
Melissa -- Run faster. Zombies hate fast food.
Mere -- Some guy had one that said, "40 is the new 26.2".....it had "28" X-ed out and the 26.2 written alongside of it. haha
Debbie -- That's not sweat, it's liquid awesome! (But the Chuck Norris was my favorite!)
Jasmine -- I really enjoyed the "fat lady" Valkyrie at the finish. Nice touch.
Doug -- "This is the worst parade ever"
Charlie -- Any sign a kid help up for mommy or daddy made me smile!
Cristin -- If you're not wearing underwear smile. Couldn't help but laugh even though I was!!
Louis -- "you think your legs hurt, my arms are killing me"
Adrianne --"I'm single! And supportive!"
Josh -- Run easy, you're not winning!
Mary -- One dad had written on his back, "if found down, please drag across the finish line"
Jen--Shoot for the Stars...it reminded me of my son because he would say, I love you to the stars and you can't catch up to that.... it was towards the end of the race so it was just the motivation I needed to keep going! Rip Tucker Arnold
Chris -- My kids signs they made for me that I saw as I crossed the finish line.
Angela -- "I like to watch"
Teresa -- It wasn't a sign that was my favorite but what one of the teen volunteers said. She said all I'm doing is holding a cup of water and I'm tired and can't imagine running. :D
John -- #1 my kids holding up "go momma go" and #2. "I don't know you random stranger but I sure am proud of you"
Emily -- I liked the one that said, "26.2 miles because 26.3 would be crazy". I also like, "Worst parade EVER".
Charlotte -- Find your happy pace.
Heather --"You have great stamina--call me!"
Bill -- Don't poop your pants!
Brianne -- The one to San Franciscan marathon runners - This is Portland. There are no hills. Run faster.
Megan -- In our eyes you are all Kenyans!
Beth -- 'Sweaty Women are Sexy'...yes, we are!
Robin -- "Yay Mom!" and "Go, random stranger!"
Beth -- Also, 'Run like the Black Mamba!' (Go Ducks!)
Fiona -- "Near beer" written on the ground in chalk. The people with the little cups of beer changed my whole outlook.