The Portland Marathon, to be held in 2009 on Sunday, October 4, is rated as one of the top 10 local road race events in the U.S. and one of the top 40 races of all types and distances. “Runner’s World” magazine calls it the “best people’s marathon in the West,” and for the past 10 years has ranked it as one of the top 10 or 15 marathons in the nation. The publication also calls the Portland Marathon one of the “friendliest and best organized races in the country.”
The race is the standard 26 miles, 385 yards and is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Federation and the Association of International Marathons.
The Portland Marathon begins and ends in S.W. Portland, which is where The Fulton House is also located. We are about a 6-minute drive or a 12-minute bus ride from the start-finish line, and there’s a bus stop 1/2 block from us. So, we’re very convenient for participants and spectators.
It’s important to note that the race also attracts marathon walkers as well as runners; about 25% of participants each year are walkers. Also, a great number of female runners finish the race — since 1998 more than 1/2 of all finishers were females and last year 56% of the finishers were female.
Historically, conditions are excellent for the race. In early October, the normal mean Portland temperature is 55 degrees and the precipitation averages a mere .02 inches. It’s only rained once on the race in the last 25 years and the rain only lasted for 10 minutes.
Since several thousand people, participants and spectators alike, descend on Portland during Portland Marathon weekend, MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW. As of today (September 8th), The Fulton House can accommodate either a party of 2 or up to 4 persons traveling together. If it suits your schedule, we can serve breakfast very early the morning of the race, so you’ll have plenty of time to get to the course. And, we have a wonderful HOT TUB for soaking after the race. Look forward to seeing you for this year’s race!