- The Portland Marathon is held in the first part of October when the weather is sunny and cool. This important running event attracts world-class runners as well as first-timers. Runners complete 26 miles on a course that begins downtown and then heads out Highway 30 where runners cross the St. John's Bridge. Runners then follow the route as it turns south and loops back into downtown to the finish line. Along the way, runners are entertained with bands, watering and snack stops, and thousands of enthusiastic spectators with colorful signs and banners. If you want to start training for this exciting event, visit the Portland Marathon Web site. Free training runs begin in the spring.
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