Portland Marathon participants begin to cross finish line

Multnomah County

Both courses start and finish at the Waterfront Park

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 2019 Portland Marathon begins to wrap up as participants start to cross the finish line at Waterfront Park.

Runners took their marks with a brand new route to tackle for the 2019 Portland Marathon presented by OHSU on Sunday morning.

The marathon and half marathon kicked off bright and early at 7 a.m at Southwest Naito Parkway and Salmon Street. Runners showed up even earlier to get ready for the event. Both races began and ended at Waterfront Park.

The Portland Marathon revealed a brand new course map this year.

2019 Portland Marathon Course Map. (Portland Marathon)

Click for more course information

The marathon will have an impact on the city’s bridges. The Broadway Bridge will be closed to all cars from 7 to 9:30 a.m. The Burnside Bridge will have one lane open to traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Over on the Sellwood Bridge, the westbound lane along with the north sidewalk will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

All lanes on the Morrison Bridge will remain open, but the ramp from Southwest Naito Parkway south will be closed, as well as the off-ramp to Southeast Water Avenue from 7 to 11:30 a.m.

The full marathon course will take runners across these 4 city bridges, past iconic neighborhoods and landmarks and through Portland’s unique downtown. The half marathon course includes many of the same sights but includes just 2 bridges. Water stations, snack vendors and restrooms will be placed along the route. First-aid kits can be found at every station.

Both courses start and finish at the same point. Joggers can expect a maximum course elevation gain of 178 feet.

There will also be swag and photo ops. Photographers will be stationed along the course to snap pictures of the joggers as they power through their run. Shirts and medals await runners at the finish line.

For those who would rather watch and cheer than run, spectators are welcomed along most of the course, with the exception of the Broadway Bridge, Ross Island Way, Sellwood Bridge, McLoughlin Boulevard, Eastbank Esplanade and Burnside Bridge.

On Monday, Portland Marathon runners will be invited to vote for the neighborhood they thought cheered them on the best and made the experience unforgettable.

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