Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)  (3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
5
Now under new management, the historic Portland Marathon has been reborn with an entirely new route and a renewed commitment to community involvement and inclusion. Both the marathon and half marathon routes have been redesigned to offer a fast course while also displaying the most iconic and beautiful landmarks and … MORE
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    The race is very well organized and the swag is nice. The course isn't bad, the elevation is 900 ft overall but I found most of that to be negligible. … MORE

    The race is very well organized and the swag is nice. The course isn’t bad, the elevation is 900 ft overall but I found most of that to be negligible. There was really only one hill that felt hard. There are something like 75 90-degree turns on the course, but there are very few runners so running the tangents wasn’t too bad. I ran a huge PR thanks to the pacers, who did a great job. That being said, this is probably the most unfriendly race I’ve ever done. Just about zero spectators, no camaraderie at all at the race start or at the finish, no one helping each other through the course. It seems to be the nature of Portlanders. Not one person said a word to me at the finish, I had my free beer alone and went back to the hotel. No one said anything to each other at the start line and the streets were mostly empty for 26 miles. It’s a very local race where they just want to hang with their friends. When I compare this to my experience at a marathon like Chicago, there’s really no comparison. If all you want to do is run a qualifying time for something, and you can do it without any support, then it’s not a bad race. But the whole experience is kind of sad and unfriendly.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    5

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    issymoo73 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first marathon and I thought it would be the only one I would do but I had so much fun, it's going to be a yearly thing … MORE

    This was my first marathon and I thought it would be the only one I would do but I had so much fun, it’s going to be a yearly thing for me. Very happy to have pacers and a huge energetic crowd to cheer me on the entire way. Aid stations galore, many neighborhoods I had yet to see ( I live here), bridge crossings and perfect weather. I made sure to read the race website and study the course map due to trains and streetcars. I also familiarized myself with the course signage so I would know what to look for in directions and mile markers. The race organizers could have chosen brighter colors for the signs (they were white and blue) as some runners did not see them. Excellent electronic tracking for pace and overall finishing times, broken down into several segments so your family/friends could follow where you were and met you on the course for cheering. Tons of photos you get to download for free! Beer, doughnuts, ice cream, pizza…Cool tech shirt and medal as well. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    Stephen26.2 FIRST-TIMER '08

    It was an awesome race on a beautiful course. Before the start the race director said it had never rained in the races history. 20 minutes later, yup, it was … MORE

    It was an awesome race on a beautiful course. Before the start the race director said it had never rained in the races history. 20 minutes later, yup, it was pouring rain. It didn’t matter because I ran a PR that day!!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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