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One of the exciting aspects of the course we have used for the Marathon and Marathon Walk since 1993 and is that it proved to be slightly faster than our old course. Our statistics show both faster average times and more Personal Bests.
We start all Marathon Walkers and Marathon Runners at 7:00 a.m. This combined starting time is easier on our volunteers, on our city police and support personnel as well as on our aid stations and port-a-potty usage. Having everyone go out at their own pace also gives the Marathon Committee a chance to treat everyone equally and provide for an even better finish.
With the growth walking, the "mass" of our event is getting longer. Thus, with very few exceptions, "slow running marathoners" and walkers will not be lonely while out on the course. In terms of our walkers, we provide them with exactly the same course, conditions and timed event as the runners. In this regard, we are able to have a special support system on the course which allows us to keep the course open for 8 hours. This assures our slower runners and walkers are not lonely, stay hydrated and enjoy themselves even if they take longer to do the event. It's not how long you take it's finishing that's important.
Time: 7:00A.M. (wheelchair 6:59 A.M.) NOTE THE EARLY STARTING TIME. THIS TIME IS FOR MARATHON WALKERS AND RUNNERS!
Place: Downtown Portland - Start at City Hall (SW 4th Ave. and SW Madison Ave); Finish at Justice Center (SW 3rd Ave. and SW Madison Ave.); Race day activities will use Chapman-Lownsdale Schrunk Parks (SW Salmon to SW Jefferson between SW 3rd and 4th Avenues).
EntryFee: $40 by mail through September 9; $75 late entry at the Portland Hilton on September 27 and 28, and on the morning of the race (at the Hilton between 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.).
Course: Rolling and fast with a few long gradual hills on the first part of course; each year over 30 percent of our experienced runners set PRs; no obstacles of concern for wheelchair entrants; sanctioned and certified for US. Track & Field, The Association of International Marathons, (AIMS), and listed for age records and Boston Marathon qualification. The course is open for 8 hours.
Finishers Receive: All participants who finish the Portland Marathon are considered winners. Each receives crowd kudos and individual recognition, an elegant one of a kind medal, a 100% cotton long sleeved finisher's shirt, a rose, a certificate of completion, individual care in replenishing what is lost to the grueling pace- food, beverage, space blanket, the on-hand availability of medical care, massage and other perks to enhance your euphoria or ease your pain.
Awards: Awards are presented up to 15 deep in 5-year increment age divisions to age 95; special awards for State and Country winners (depth determined by the number of entries from each State and Country).