- Your pre-event guide. Everything you need to know about event weekend.
- More volunteers needed
- $25 off coupon for Sports Authority
- A reminder about transfers
- Meet your pacers
- Play our interactive marathon course game
- Put yourself on the course with our course video
- Learn about a Jeff Galloway clinic coming October 7
- Go Green with method and PGE
- Your 10-10-10 coincidences revealed and more!

September 2010 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown to the 39th Annual Portland Marathon on 10•10•10.


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Are you ready to run, walk, volunteer on 10-10-10? We are!

On the weekend of 10-10-10, runners and walkers from all 50 states, and from 21 foreign countries, will fill the streets of downtown Portland for the 39th Annual Portland Marathon.

The Portland Marathon is ranked as one of the top ten largest marathons in the United States, and among the top 10 distance-running events in the world by Runner's World. The publication also named the event one of the "best organized" and "greenest" marathons in the country.

Over the 26.2-mile course, the Portland Marathon will feature 76 bands and entertainers at 61 venues. This is just one of the features that makes the Portland Marathon unique to other distance-running events in the country.

This year's events include:

• 26.2-mile marathon run and walk
• 13.1-mile half marathon
• 10k non-competitive walk
• Kids' Festival on Saturday
• Two-day Sports Authority Sports & Fitness Expo
• Pasta dinner party
• Post-event awards party
• Three-day national event directors' college.

Everything you need to know about 10-10-10

  • Get your weekend event schedule HERE.
  • Course maps for the marathon and half marathon can be found HERE.
  • See the start area map HERE.
  • See the finish area map HERE.
  • Pasta Party info is HERE.
  • 26th Annual SPORTS AUTHORITY Sports & Fitness Expo info is HERE.
  • Kids Festival info is HERE.
  • Street closures click HERE.
  • 10k info is HERE.
  • Need to know where to park or need pre-event info? Click HERE.
  • Have more questions? Find the answers HERE.
  • Still have questions? Go HERE.

Helpful tips for you!


What should I bring to packet pick-up?

For marathon runners and walkers - Bring your photo ID, bib number and a copy of your registration confirmation if you have it. If you registered online for the marathon walk or run, Click HERE to find your bib number for the half marathon.
Click HERE to find your bib number for the marathon.

If you registered by mail, your bib number will not be on the website, please bring your confirmation letter that was mailed to you.

Where do I check in if I'm entered in the Racewalk or marathon Nordic Walk competition?

Please check in at the Racewalk/Nordic Walk table at the Expo. We will have bib numbers and instructions for all registered racewalk and Nordic Walk participants. If you need to switch to either of these divisions this weekend, we can also help participants do this. Questions? Please stop by the check in table or email us at ptldmarathonwalks@yahoo.com.

Can I pick up my packet on race day if I'm a marathon runner/walker?

No. There is NO day of race entry or packet pickup. The Sports Authority Sports & Fitness Expo is on Friday, Oct. 8th from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 9th from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., in the Ballroom and Exhibit Hall of the downtown Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.

What if I'm registered for the full marathon and want to stop half way through at 13.1?

You cannot jump from the full marathon into the half marathon. Why?
Simply and with all respect, the answer is no. If a Marathon participant is not able to finish the whole course, for whatever reason, the Half-Marathon is NOT a secondary option. Instead, please follow these Event Guidelines:

* Run, and stay on the full marathon course and drop out at the 1/2 marathon mark of the full marathon course.
* The location of mile 13.1 is on St Helens Road. There is good access to the location from NW Yeon Ave and downtown. This is an easy place for someone to arrange a pick up.
* In addition the 1/2 marathon point is marked, it is a chip read position. The time for a person who misses the later chip points will automatically cause the name not to be posted in the results. However, if someone who drops out notifies us a week or two after the event we can provide them a time from our un-posted file.

For more information, on this topic, click HERE to see a story in our June newsletter.

What can I expect at the start line if I'm a marathon runner/walker?

We have a new corral system for our wave start. Everyone will be assigned to a corral. Each corral has a distinctive color and letter. Please look carefully at the start area map and determine the route you will take to get into your corral. Do not be late!

There will be plenty of room in each corral area. And there will be porta potties in each. Also a clothing check drop. Go to your corral and please stay there until you are told to move forward. This new wave start will ensure a safe and faster event for everyone. Remember, the event is chip timed. You do not get to the start line until your wave, but the result will be the same as if you were in the first wave.

To see a map of the start area, click HERE.

What will the start area look like if I'm a marathon runner/walker?

For more information, click HERE.

To view our corral and start area map, click HERE.

What should I expect on race day if I'm a marathon runner/walker?

For more information, click HERE.

If I am on a marathon run or walk team, do I have to run/walk the whole race?

Yes. You can have as many team members as you like, but this is NOT a relay format, each participant much complete the course.

Is the Portland Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes. The Portland Marathon is a U.S. Track and Field sanctioned and certified course. The Boston Marathon accepts our runners, provided they qualify for their age group. A disc of our results is sent to Boston. You need only apply.

What are the aid stations like? Can I walk through them or do I have to keep running? Are they crowded?

Click HERE to learn more.

What if I have to use the bathroom on the course?

Click HERE to find out.

What's the scoop with the finisher shirt if I'm a marathon runner/walker?

The finisher shirt is a long-sleeve, performance fabric. The finisher shirts are unisex. They will be distributed at the finish line.

Will there be live results?

Yes, these will be on our homepage, www.portlandmarathon.org.

What if I don't see my question answered here?

More Q&A can be found HERE. Our website, www.portlandmarathon.org, has lots of great information. We are also available on Facebook and Twitter. Volunteers and helpers will be also available at the Sports Authority Sports & Fitness Expo to help with any remaining questions you have. Or, contact us by clicking HERE.


Where do I park if I'm a volunteer? How can I get to the Start/Finish Area?

Parking is available on street away from the Marathon Course and start/finish area. Please do not park anywhere in the start area, or your car will be towed. Please see map HERE to know where not to go.

Additional parking is available in parking garages for a fee. On race day street closures may make finding parking more difficult. Please remember to allow extra travel time to deal with the congestion of race day so you can arrive at your assigned location as scheduled.

Due to congestion around the start area, we recommend volunteers working in the start/finish area and participants riding MAX or other public transit. For a list of Park and Ride locations, visit www.trimet.org. On MAX, Coming from Hillsboro/Beaverton riders can get off MAX at 4th and Yamhill. Coming from Gresham/Lloyd Center get off MAX at 4th & Morrison. In each case, the Marathon start/finish area is only three blocks away. For further details and schedules for MAX and busses please refer to the TriMet website at www.trimet.org.

What should I wear to volunteer?

If working outside, please make sure to wear layers as the weather is changeable this time of year.

What about food if I'm a volunteer?

It is best to bring a snack or lunch given the need for flexibility in assignments.

Can I secure my valuables while I work as a volunteer?

We cannot secure your valuables. We recommend you do not bring a purse or backpack if you are volunteering in the Marathon Start/Finish area because we do not have a secure storage location

Can I still sign up to volunteer?

We want to thank everyone for the amazing response we received for volunteers! This event would not be possible without your support. We do not need any additional volunteers at this time, but we'd love to have your help as a spectator cheering on and encouraging the runners and walkers.

What if I don't see my question answered here?

More Q&A can be found HERE. Our website, www.portlandmarathon.org, has lots of great information. We are also available on Facebook and Twitter. Volunteers and helpers will be also available at the Sports Authority Sports & Fitness Expo to help with any remaining questions you have. Or, contact us by clicking HERE.


When is the Kids festival?
Date: October 9, 2010
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Lincoln High School Track, 1600 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205-1782

Where do I get my packet?
There is no expo registration or packet pickup for this event. Packet pickup begins at 8:30 am at the entrance to the festival.

Can I still register?

Yes! Click HERE for more information. We will accept both cash and credit cards on the day of the event.

Still want to run the half but can't get in?

Be a charity runner with Volunteers of America....a few spots left. Volunteers of America ask that everyone who registers set up a fundraising page and raise money to help Volunteers of America, but without a specific pledge since 10-10-10 is around the corner. Charity entries will close at midnight on September 29. Contact mmersky@voaor.org for more information.

Want to put yourself on the course...right now? YOU CAN!

Want to put yourself on the course...right now? YOU CAN!
Check out our full and half marathon course custom videos and get pumped up by clicking HERE.

It's no secret that 26.2 miles is a long slog. In support of all of the dedicated Portland Marathon runners, we at method would like to provide you with a little extra spring in your step. And because giveaways, costumes and compromising photos tend to do it for us, we have special guests lined up certain to incite giggles and gasps (and not just from your runner's high). So come visit us at the method tent, at the corner of SW 3rd and Salmon, for a jolt of green inspiration and a chance to win great prizes. We'll see you there!

Meet your 2010 pacers

Click HERE to meet your pacers.

Fun Facts about the 2010 Portland Marathon

This year at the Portland Marathon we will have...

• 2,400 lbs of ice
• 5,180 bananas (keep in mind we halve the bananas)
• 6,000 string cheeses
• 4,000 bagels

As you can see, we'll have plenty of food. In fact, we plan to have leftovers. Any remaining food will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank. We also donate any clothes left on the course or in the lost and found to local charities and shelters. For more fun facts, click HERE.

Your half course map and information is HERE!

Worried about running alone?

Stop your fretting! You are certainly NOT alone, but in good company with thousands of other runners as well as 78 bands/entertainers along the course at 61 venues. We have cheerleaders, supporters, and clappers all along the course! We also have 30-40 pacers who will pace for 14 different times, including the four Boston Marathon qualifying times. Don't forget you can meet the pacers from Team Red Lizard at their booth at the Sports Authority Sports & Fitness Expo on Saturday, Oct. 8 or 9th.


Read why we do not allow transfers by clicking HERE.

Jeff Galloway's Running Schools- Run Until You're 100--Injury Free

Jeff Galloway has helped over 200,000 runners reach their goals, and wants to help you. Jeff's school offers a unique system of elements that has reduced injury rate down to almost zero, with a very high rate of success. He gives you tools to manage your fatigue, with a very accurate prediction of your current fitness level and race times, and lots of practical tips that can make running more enjoyable.

Join him for a clinic!


  • How to improve time
  • Individualized format--ask any question in any area
  • How to avoid hitting the wall
  • Strength for running
  • Motivation techniques to get you out the door
  • Mental toughness techniques to keep going

When: Thursday, October 7th. It starts at 5-8PM

Where: The Clinic will be held on the Portland State University Campus, SMITH CENTER (Student Union) (1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 Room 101

The price is $99, and people can sign up at http://www.jeffgalloway.com/resources/running_school.html.

Host: Bill Kaemmer at (515) 554-4836

We are honored to have Jeff Galloway and his wife running with us at this year's Portland Marathon!

Play the interactive Portland Marathon course challenge game click HERE.

Thank you to Portland General Electric (PGE) for their sponsorship of the 2010 Portland Marathon. Thanks for helping keep our event and community green! Learn more by clicking HERE and by joining them on Facebook.

Last chance to stay near all the action!

This is the place to stay! 200 yards from the start/finish area, site of the Expo, awards ceremony and Pasta Party, and it's a "green," LEED certified hotel. CLICK HERE Use the discount code PDM.

Still need help booking your trip? Click HERE.

Join us for the awards ceremony. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Join us Oct. 10th after the event for the Awards Distribution and Celebration at the Hilton Portland, lower level ballroom foyer between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. See the results posted on easels, pick up your award if you are an award winner, buy merchandise, and participate in random drawings for great items including a Nike watch, a fun-packet from Portland Running Company, gift cards, hats, socks, gloves, t-shirts and more. No host beer, wine and soft drinks will be available in the ballroom.

THE POWER OF 10-10-10

Your 10-10-10 Coincidences

So I just read the Power of 10 section of the newsletter and I thought I would share my own reasons for running this marathon.

2010 marks the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, the so-called beginning of Pheidippides' monumental run. Being a classics major in college, and apparently now a nerd, I figured I would never have this opportunity again in my lifetime so I signed up, took a breath, and realized I now had to train for 5 months. Luckily this will be my second marathon (my first was the 35th Portland!) so I have an idea of what I am getting in to. But I still may feel like keeling over and dying after the run in true Pheidippides fashion.

Thanks for the great race and support!

Your fan,


The 2009 Portland Marathon was my first marathon. I trained for several months with my running partner, Rochelle. In those months, our friendship grew, and she truly is my Sole Sister now. Less than a week before the marathon last year, she was diagnosed with a stress fracture on her patella and the months of training for her went out the window; and I made the trek to Portland alone for my first marathon. This year, 10-10-10, I will again be running solo (though this year I opted for the half) as she is expecting her first daughter(and future marathoner-I already bought her her very first pair of pink Nikes!), Maci, that same day!

Oak Harbor, WA


This isn't a coincidence, but I felt that this was worth sharing.
In December 2008, I walked into a 24-Hour Fitness at 290 lbs. I was told by a sales person that I was going to be a Marathon runner some day. Of course I thought he was crazy! But that comment put a fire in me. He later became my trainer, who has finished several Marathons, including Portland. So besides my first goal of weight loss, my second goal was to finish the Portland Marathon 2010. I have lost 130 pounds and I have been registered for 2010 since January. I can't wait to be at the start and finish line of the Portland Marathon! It will be a very emotional day!


When I started planning my “racing” year, I became aware that the Portland Marathon would be my 9th marathon on 10-10-10. That just did not sound right. So I got busy and found one more marathon to do this year. (Newport Marathon in June). Now, I will be completing my 10th marathon on 10-10-10. That sounds much better! It will be my 8th Portland Marathon—my first marathon was the same year I got my first grandchild AND turned 50 years old!!

Thank you for running this primo event!


Where did you wear your shirt?

2006 & 2009 Portland Marathon finisher Joe Ely, of West Lafayette, Indiana,was in Bermuda the week of July 3-10, 2010 and wore his finisher shirt to watch the World Cup Soccer semifinal game between Germany and Spain at a sports bar in downtown Hamilton. Here he is with a dedicated German soccer fan.

Judy and Barry Smith, of Spokane Washington, recently returned from Peru where they climbed to the Lost City of the Incas Machu Picchu, Puru discovered in 1911.

My name is Matt Anderson and I am a senior at Oregon State University. The '08 PDX marathon was my first real attempt at long distance running, and I got hooked so I did it again in '09. I'm just now wrapping up a 10-week medical internship in Ecuador. Yesterday I went the "La Mitad del Mundo", aka the equator. In the photo, I'm standing with two feet on either hemisphere in front of the Mitad del Mundo monument. The other photo was taken at La Ciudad de Refugio, an orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico (south of Tijuana) where I volunteer at as a youth group leader during Spring break.

Thanks for the good times, PDX marathon!

Get Trained

Want to know how to best handle trains? Get more info HERE in our August Newsletter.

Want to know the best way to get to the event?

Public transit! Learn more about how to get to the start/finish area by MAX or bus by visiting www.trimet.org or http://www.trimet.org/maps/railsystem.htm.
Take MAX to the Morrison/SW 3rd Ave MAX Station.

Connect with our online community of 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. The list of topics changes by the minute!

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

10-10-10 will mark the 39th 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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