Portland Marathon

The Portland Marathon in beautiful Portland Oregon, is the standard marathon distance – 26 miles, 385 yards. It was first held in 1972 and has been held every year since. For many years the Portland Marathon has been rated as one of the premier marathon events in the United States. It has been ranked as one of the top 10 local road race events in the U.S, and one of the top 40 races of all types and distances. The course is USAT&F sanctioned and certified. It is also certified for Boston Marathon qualification.

The marathon is generally held in October, with as many as 10,000 runners competing. About 9,500 runners participated in 2012 Portland Marathon, and nearly 4,000 took part in the marathon’s affiliated run/walk events.

Race Date
Oct 4, 2015
Race Location
Portland, Oregon, USA
Event Type
Start Times

Men: 7:00 am
Women: 7:00 am

No. Runners
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Race Registration

The entry fees is $135.00 for the marathon if registered earlier. To participate in Portland Marathon you can register in the official website. No entries will be sold at the Expo.

Course / Route Map

The Marathon and Marathon Walk begin and end at charming Chapman/Lownsdale/Schrunk Parks, which are in downtown Portland bordered by SW Salmon, SW Jefferson, SW Third and SW Fourth. The starting line is on SW 4th at Taylor, with the finish just three and a half blocks southeast on SW 3rd Ave. between Main and Madison, in front of the Justice Center and alongside Chapman Park.

The course traces a route that embraces the many faces of this beautiful and friendly city. It includes the scenic riverfront, historic Old Town and various residential neighborhoods. Runners are treated to broad panoramas of the entire city the waterfront, a 3-mile bluff on the east side of Portland, and a dramatic view and crossing of the St. Johns Bridge, one of the most beautiful suspension bridges in the world.

Race Profile / Elevation Map

The course minimizes turns and narrow streets. (It has 21 turns, 20 more than 90 degrees.)

The first five miles of the course are in downtown Portland. The start is a gradual 1 mile downhill with the next 2 + miles along Waterfront Park. This stretch has a gradual elevation gain of 140 feet followed by an immediate 2 mile easy downhill returning to the waterfront. The next section of the course from the 5 + mile mark to mile 12 is flat and flows through the northwest section of town.

The course makes another gradual downhill and heads along the flat border road of the Forest Park area through mile 17. The principal elevation gain of approximately 150 feet occurs over the next mile as runners go up to and over the beautiful St. John’s Bridge. Thereafter it is a spectacular run along Portland’s east bluff that faces the Willamette River from approximately mile 18 through mile 24.

Race Tags

Not available.

Time Limits & Cutoffs

The course time limit is 6 hours 30 mins. The race is timed using the Chrono Track chip timing system.

Course Records

Men: Uli Steidl (GER) 2:17:21 (1997)
Women: Hiromi Yokoyama (JPN) 2:36:40 (1991)

Prize Money & Awards
  • Portland Marathon doesn’t have prize money for elites.
  • Awards will be presented to the top men and women finishers in the Marathon
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

All the finishers receive a medal, a space blanket, a long-sleeved performance shirt, and for those who want it, the traditional Portland rose and tree seedling.

Water Stops & Refreshments
  • Located less than every 2 miles, approximately 19 aid stations will feature water and replacement drinks.
  • The marathon will be serving Ultima Replenisher, a mineral replacement, along the course. Aid stations are designed to provide aid to those within the 8 hour pace.
Expected Race Day Weather

The normal mean Portland temperature for early October is 55 degrees. Rainfall for October 1st averages .02 inches. The estimated normal mean temperature at 7:00 a.m. is 50 and 61 at 12:00 noon.

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