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This incredibly fast and remarkably beautiful road race takes runners from the majestic Timberline Lodge at the base of Mt Hood to the charming towns and forested foothills of the mountain just outside of Portland, Oregon. Featuring a smooth downhill slope and spectacular scenery in the Mount Hood National Forest, … MORE
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    runwalksarah FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was the inaugural year of the Revel Mt Hood Marathon & Half Marathon. Mandatory packet pickup was on Friday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Race morning parking … MORE

    This was the inaugural year of the Revel Mt Hood Marathon & Half Marathon. Mandatory packet pickup was on Friday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Race morning parking was at Sandy High School where runners were shuttled up the mountain to the race start. Sandy is a small town located approximately 25 miles outside of Portland. For participants wishing to stay in Portland, there was the option of purchasing an additional shuttle ticket from Portland to Sandy High School. Since I had to be at Sandy High School at 3:15 am for my shuttle to the start, I decided to stay in Sandy rather than Portland. The full marathon started at Timberline Lodge, at the base of Mt Hood. As we got off the bus, they announced that they were unable to use amplified sound due to the proximity of the hotel. Next year the race plans on renting out the hotel so this won’t be an issue. Runners were broken up into 4 wave starts. The waves were separated by 15 minutes increments. Runners were not placed in waves based on projected finish time, but rather by desired start time selected during registration. The course dropped 1,630 feet in the first 5 miles along Timberline Highway, during which participants ran in the right lane. Just before mile 5, the course merged with US Highway 26 where it became an “open course” for the next 20 miles. There were no road or lane closures and runners had to run on the shoulder of the road. While it wasn’t bad at first, traffic became heavier as we progressed down the mountain. I felt a little nervous as cars and trucks zoomed past me. At one point a truck came so close to the shoulder of the road that my running skirt blew up around me, exposing my shorts. I also got some road debris in my eye despite my sunglasses. The half marathon course did not join US Highway 26 until just after they hit mile 10 (just after mile 23 of the full course). Based on this, I think I would have enjoyed the half a lot more than the full. The course was beautiful with trees and roadside waterfalls, but I really did not care for running on the shoulder of the highway for 20 miles.

    Due to the type of course, regular headphones were not allowed (even if only worn in one ear). If runners wanted to listen to music, they had to use open-ear or bone-conduction style of headphones. This did not impact me as I do not listen to music when I run.

    A rumor circulated that a runner was hit by a car and had to be airlifted out. This rumor was false. A runner was airlifted to the hospital, but it was not due to a car accident. It was due to some type of heart trouble. It has been reported that he is doing well.

    At the finish, there was pizza, donuts and soda in addition to the water, protein drinks and bananas given out in the finish chute. Massages were also available. The finish was at Rainbow Trout Farm, which is approximately 10 miles from Sandy High School. There were shuttles running from the finish back to the high school. The bus dropped all participants off at the half marathon bus pickup point at the school rather than stopping at the marathon pickup spot. This caused some of the full marathoners to become confused when trying to locate their vehicles.

    I knew going into the race that I likely would not do well. I have been dealing with planter fasciitis for the past two and a half months. Unfortunately downhill running flares up my planter fasciitis. My finish time was one of my slowest times. If I had liked the course, I would have considered returning next year to redeem this year’s performance. As it stands, this race was a “one and done” for me. If/when I return to Oregon, it will be for a different marathon. The race was well organized and the scenery was beautiful, I simply did not care for the open course.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    M_Sohaskey Jul 31, 2018 at 9:39pm

    Congrats on notching your first Oregon marathon, Sarah! Every marathon finish is worth celebrating. Though I'm with you when it comes to running on the shoulder of the highway — 26.2 miles is stressful enough when you're able to focus inward and not worry about the world around you, so here's hoping the organizers hear your feedback and work with the city to discourage traffic next year, in addition to renting out the lodge. Hopefully they had icy towels waiting for you at the finish, since that was a highlight at Mt Charleston. And I'm sorry to hear about your plantar fasciitis; I'll message you with some simple stretching/strengthening exercises I used to beat PF four years ago. Thanks for another great review — recover well, and fingers crossed that Big Bear is a better downhill experience!

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    runwalksarah Aug 01, 2018 at 8:29am

    Yes, there were icy towels, which were a huge treat. I think they are planning on road or lane closures for Big Bear, but I need to verify. If it is another open course, I may switch over to the half for Big Bear.

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