PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The warm, late-summer sun that vanished so suddenly may return for an encore just in time for the Portland Marathon this weekend.
Runners will take their marks for the marathon and half-marathon presented by OHSU on Sunday morning at Southwest Naito Parkway and Salmon Street near the Waterfront Park.
At the time of this report, the forecast called for a dry, partly cloudy day with a high of 70 degrees.
Joggers will start lining up at 6:40 a.m. in whichever zone matches their expected pace and the race will begin at 7:10.
The full marathon course will take runners across 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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