PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 45th annual Portland Marathon, which generally attract as many as 10,000 participants, is coming up on October 9.
About 7,000 runners are expected to finish the marathon and 3,000 are expected in the half marathon.
The marathon is called “the best people’s marathon in the West” by Runner’s World and people from all over the country come to Portland to participate. The race also serves as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.
In addition to the full marathon, there is also a half marathon, kids fun run, Nordic walk, racewalk and wheelchair event associated with the Portland Marathon.
The Kids Run will raise funds for the Laurelhurst Elementary School play area. The play area is currently just an asphalt parking lot, but with the help of the fundraiser on October 8, organizers hope to change that.
The event includes a walk run wheel event for disabled youth, a toddler dash obstacle course for kids 2-4 years old, a fun run and a mini marathon for kids 9-12.
“Fostering community relationships and promoting safe and healthy activities for children is the ultimate goal of the Portland Marathon Kids Run and we feel lucky to be able to assist such a great school,” said Anderson in a press release.
Traffic will be heavily impacted Sunday by the race route mostly through downtown and across several bridges. Traffic on the east side and freeways will also be impacted.
Between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday various roads will be closed as well as portions of the St. Johns, Broadway, Morrison and Burnside bridges.
The event contributes more than $300,000 to local schools, teams and nonprofit groups.