Portland Marathon: On your mark... get set... go!

Portland Marathon: On your mark... get set... go!
Photo courtesy nprpdx on Flickr (Creative Commons).


PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of runners will be taking to Portland's streets this Sunday for the annual Portland Marathon and Portland Marathon Half.

Around 7,500 runners and walkers are expected for this year's event, which will get started at 6:30 a.m. and go until around 1 p.m. There will also be over 4,500 volunteers along the course route and lots of spectators cheering on their favorite runners.

The Portland Marathon is ranked as one of the top 10 largest marathons in the United States and Runner's World also named it among the top 10 distance-running events in the world.

'Remembering Boston' is the theme this year and we'll be hosting several runners who did not get a chance to finish the Boston Marathon due to the bombings there earlier this year.

Race shirts will be in Boston colors (blue and gold) and will have a yellow ribbon that says 'Remember Boston.' The race medals will also be blue and gold.

Recap of last year's Portland Marathon

Some fun facts about the Portland Marathon

The Portland Marathon is one of the only remaining distance-running events in the country that allows MP3-players and iPods.

It has only rained on the Portland Marathon twice in 29 years and the weather always averages 50 to 54 degrees at the start of the event.

The average age of Portland Marathon women finishers is 34 and 35 years old for men.

The oldest woman to finish the Portland Marathon was 91 (Mavis Lindgren). The oldest man was 95. The oldest participant in a Portland Marathon event was 100.

The Portland Marathon once had a 5-year old finisher (who did so without the knowledge of event officials).

The Portland Marathon was first run on an island outside of Portland, Marathon Island, which is now know as Sauvie Island.