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Portland Marathon Reviews


3.5 Stars from 10 Runners





  Terrible route

By about 2017


Review

Changed last minute to out and back. Ran along warehouses, factories, and highway. Bands played slow music better suited for brunch. Roads very rough and hard on feet. Saw very little of city sights. Huge hill near bridge.


Race Tips

Do not select this race!


1 / 5 Stars


  Won't Run Again

By about 2017


Review

This will be the last year I run the Portland Marathon. I ran this marathon 2 years ago and it was great, but they have done nothing but go downhill since then. This year they had to change the course because of a couple mistakes they made last year and it is now an in and out course on the most boring section of the original run where the fans can't even reach. I wasn't even planning to run the Portland because they miss-measured the course last year but the marathon I had planned to run was cancelled last minute. I had to sign up 2 days before at the expo and the experience was awful. I had emailed ahead of time to check if I would be able to register and what the cost would be. I was told I would and that there would be no cost increase so it would cost $145. The person at the expo charged $170 even though I told her I emailed and was told it would be $145. I was so upset I almost didn't register, but you don't spend all that time training for a marathon to just not run one. My bib looks awful as well. I expected it would not be beautifully printed with my name because I sign up so late, but you can barely even read my name at the bottom of the bib and there is another word completely scratched out. I don't know what is going on to cause this marathon to go downhill so quickly but I certainly will not be wasting my time or training with it again.


1 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Nice start and finish location downtown. Easy access on public transit.


Race Tips

Good course for faster pace in last 10 K.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Residence Inn Portland is a good place to stay. Have kitchenettes and healthy choices at included breakfast buffet. It is on the public transit rail lines and by the river path for Saturday easy run.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

2016 was my third year on the course. I missed 2015, but the quality of the race organization has declined since 2013 & 2014. The course is good aside from the segment opposing fast-moving traffic on highway 30. In past years, there was name-brand athletic nutrition at the aid stations, a reusable backpack, and pace wristbands available. In 2016, there were only gummy bears and pretzels at the aid stations, no backpack or swag, and the red lizard pace teams said they didn't have financial support from the race organization to print the wristbands as they usually do. Additionally, there were news reports of a course mishap in the back of the pack which resulted in people running a 4h+ pace to run an extra mile. For an expansive large city race, these things combined to substantially change my opinion of this marathon.


Race Tips

If the aid stations are like they were in 2016, bring your own food. The only substantial climb is in mile 16, although there is a gradual climb around mile 24 that is worth saving a bit in the tank for.


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Not the fastest course as there are some hills. Great scene with lots of bands around the course. Usually perfect running weather although 2016 was rainy. My main complaint is the mile markers were way off. The overall course was right on, but some mile markers were off by as much as 0.15 miles. This made for some added uneasiness that I did not need.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

I'm not the best person to ask. It rained, the course was mismarked, they didn't adjust my time accurately. The city was nice, and the brave folks who came out were awesome. There were a lot of aid stations that were fully manned and didn't run out of things.


Race Tips

There are some sections of the race in no man's land, out and back through a warehouse district, along a highway (with tractor trailer traffic). Those were tough miles in the rain.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed near the convention center, it was less expensive, but the public transportation was great, ran early and took me right to the start. Im used to really big races, so I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed the start was. My spectating husband stood with me almost until I started running. The bathroom lines were managable.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Some mile markers in the wrong spots, but this problem "averages out" as the race progresses in terms of one's overall pace. If you're a faster runner, be aware that you'll be doing your last ~1.5 miles on the same course as the finishing, slower half-marathoners, so a bit of dodging is required. And your near-finish photos will have other people in them for sure. Great weather to be expected!


Race Tips

The hill at mile 17 up to the St. John's Bridge is rough, so don't charge up it. It WILL be a much slower mile, so accept this and compensate elsewhere on the course. Bring your own source of sodium--the aid stations offer an electrolyte replacement drink that does not contain sodium. Tasty, though. I used Nuun tablets for sodium.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Take the MAX transit to the starting line, if possible, if you're not staying downtown.


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

A little harder than I had anticipated after having run the half here in the past. A bit warmer than I had hoped. Atmosphere is GREAT! Support is great.


Race Tips

Don't expect a flat race but hills are moderate and matched by some nice gradual downhills. Then,,,,there's the Train.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

Lots of spectator to cheer you on. Beautiful scenery.


Race Tips

The Hill at mile 16 is one of the hardest points.


5 / 5 Stars





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