The Portland Marathon was started in 1972 and has been going strong ever since. Generally held on the first Sunday in October, it has as many as 10,000 runners competing per year. The course is 26 miles, a typical marathon, but there is nothing ordinary about the scenic route taken. USAT&F sanctioned and certified, for those with Boston Marathon ambitions it is the perfect qualifier because it is so much fun too.
A course that is void of obstacles, it is ideal for the wheelchair division with only 21 turns around the entire 26-mile path. A whole day event, it offers a full marathon, half marathon, a non-competitive family walk, an obstacle course, and a kid’s fun run. Starting and finishing near Chapman/Lownsdale/Schrunk Parks in downtown Portland, participants have exactly eight hours to complete each event. Not only a marathon, there is live music and entertainment that doubles along the course to amuse the runners and the spectators.
Encompassing a variety of music genre, it features bands ranging from rock to jazz and country all the way to mandolin orchestras. Last year touted over 74 groups entertaining people at 53 locations along the course. Truly something for everyone, there are street performers, high school cheerleading squads, and dancers for eye candy.