PORTLAND MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
October 5, 2014
This was my very first year running the Portland Half Marathon and I loved it! It was the 43rd Portland Marathon and the 5th year for the Half Marathon. The Full Marathon was definitely the favorite here. According to the result count there were over 6000 running the full, my husband being one of them, and a little over 2500 that ran the Half.
This race was extra fun for us because my cousin and her husband came out from Ohio to run and check out Portland with us.
The Sports & Fitness Expo was held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. At every expo, I usually see something I really need and this weekend my item-of-the-expo was yurbuds. As of right now, they are the best set of earphones I have used. I didn’t have to touch them once to keep them in during my sweaty 13.1 miles. This expo had a good amount of vendors and was laid out on 2 different floors.
We enjoyed our pre-race meal at Bocci’s on 7th. It was a perfect Italian dinner- everyone was satisfied. There are many good restaurants in the area.
One of our other favorite restaurants is Huber’s Cafe’. If you’re ever in the area, check it out! Established in 1879, Huber’s is Portland’s oldest restaurant.
The Marathon and the Half Marathon both started at 7:00 a.m. and shared the same course until mile 11. The course was beautiful and we were happily shielded from the sun much of the way by tree cover. The course took us along the Williamette River which was one of my favorites portions. The Full Marathon had the added bonus of running over the St. Johns Bridge and the Broadway Bridge. Here is their website description: “The course traces a route that embraces the many faces of this beautiful and friendly city. It includes the scenic riverfront, historic Old Town and various residential neighborhoods. Runners are treated to broad panoramas of the entire city the waterfront, a 3-mile bluff on the east side of Portland, and a dramatic view and crossing of the St. Johns Bridge, one of the most beautiful suspension bridges in the world.” My husband concurred that it was a beautiful bridge and a highlight for him during his marathon.
The entertainment and the support along the course was wonderful! They had all sorts of bands that were all very entertaining. Spectators were calling us out by name (seen on our racing bibs) and that totally made me smile and gave me a little more pep in my step! I can’t even begin to say enough about all the wonderful volunteers! There were so many of them everywhere!
Awesome bling as well….cool medal, finisher long sleeve tech shirt, souvenir coin, and a pendant!
I really enjoy the city of Portland and now I can say that I am a huge fan of The Portland Marathon & Half Marathon as well!