Four Must Run Portland Marathons
The marathon distance serves as the gold standard, irrefutable “endurance race.” Test your endurance with your first marathon, or challenge yourself for a faster time at each event. See the Portland area by foot, accompanied by thousands of new friends and acquaintances. No matter what your reason, we highly recommend that you check out these Portland Marathons.
A Fourth of July tradition, the “Flat” is well known as the flattest and fastest marathon on the West Coast! Get ready to set your personal record on this course, with a backdrop of Sauvie Island, and songbirds and bald eagles as your cheerleaders. The race ends with strawberry shortcake made and served by residents of the island. This race sells out incredibly fast, so registering about 6 months in advance is prudent.
The city’s own marathon, which starts and finishes in downtown, is one of the most scenic in the area. Runners will move down the riverfront, through Old Town, and several residential neighborhoods. There are a few gradual climbs and descents, but overall this is a fairly fast course. There is a descent of 140 feet that stretches from mile 22 to 24, right around when many runners risk hitting “the wall.” Also, expect a variety of live music throughout the event to entertain and cheer you on!
Billed as the “Hidden gem of the Northwest,” this scenic race is a fairly flat, fast run that partially follows the waterfront. Timing is captured via a timing tag on each bib, along with timing mats throughout the course. There is a pacing group for each 15 minute increment, which participants are welcomed to follow. Registration is limited (under 1000) so reserve a spot early if you’d like to run the Vancouver USA 26.2.
The Oregon Marathon starts in the Mt. Angel (30 miles outside of Portland) Oktoberfest. Runners get to experience a scenic course through country roads, and get to finish right back in the middle of the party! This event, which is capped at 3,000 participants, usually features excellent post race food options, giant medals, and a festive atmosphere. There’s also a relay option available for the marathon distance for those who want to tackle it as a team.
Already run these races, and looking for others? Check out our full list of Portland Marathons. If you’re in the mood for something a little different (maybe shorter than 26.2 miles!), have a look at the complete RunGuides calendar of Portland Runs. No matter what your style, Portland will have a running event for you!