Our 42st Year: October 6, 2013
Includes: A Marathon (9,000), a 26.2-mile Marathon walk (3,000), a HALF Marathon (3,000), a 10K mayor’s walk (1,200), a 10K Downhill Dash (250), a Kids’ Fun Run & Festival (2 miles) (800), a six‑month marathon run/walk training clinic, a two-day Sports & Fitness Expo (18,000), VIP reception, a 3-day national Event Directors’ College, plus other activities, including fund-raising activities by 15-20 charity groups which raise over two and one-half million dollars.
Special Features of the Event
A wide variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for all types of businesses and organizations through the Portland Marathon and its supporting events.
Our events have excellent demographics. The Marathon has the highest percentage of women for any event in the world (58.8%). The Marathon is among the top ten largest in the United States. It has consistently been rated as one of the best in the U.S. and among either the top 10 or 20 in the world (London Runner’s World and Runners World (U.S.)); and second best in all categories by Marathon & Beyond. We have also been rated as the marathon with the Best Entertainment on Course and the Most Walker Friendly Marathon in the U.S. (Runner’s World – October 2004).
As noted on our letterhead, the Portland Marathon has been listed as “the best-organized marathon in North America” in both editions of the Ultimate Guide to Marathons (1996 and 1998 editions). It also was listed after London as the second best-organized marathon in the world (Ultimate Guide to World Marathons, 1998 edition).
The overall event is a family-oriented, community festival of events for all ages and skill levels. It is local, regional, national and international in terms of participants, advertising and market awareness.
Our Goal for Sponsors
Our goal is to provide recognition, market awareness for sponsors of their goods and services and creatively assist with the sale of those goods and services. Our success in this regard has been excellent and references and details on how this has been accomplished are available upon request.
For further information, contact:
Les Smith, Event Director
Mamie Wheeler, Assistant Event Director