2017 Portland Marathon overcomes pre-race bumps

Runners start at 7 a.m.

Teppei Suegami won the men's division of the Portland Marathon, October 8, 2017 (KOIN)
Teppei Suegami won the men's division of the Portland Marathon, October 8, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Teppei Suegami and Allison Goldstein won the men’s and women’s divisions in the 2017 Portland Marathon Sunday morning.

Suegami crossed the finish line first in a time of 2:23:43 while Goldsten crossed at 2:50:26.

The 46th Portland Marathon was not without its own drama leading up to the race, as organizers and city planners worked on a new route that satisfied both city concerns and marathon verification guidelines.

The 26-mile course began at Southwest Salmon Avenue, went across the St. Johns Bridge to the east side and back downtown to the finish line.

“I’ve always wanted to run the Portland Marathon, I’ve always heard really good things about the course and about how well it’s organized, and it lived up to all of it,” participant Jenifer Lambert told KOIN 6 News. “It was an awesome course. Great volunteers. I thought the volunteer support was phenomenal. It was a great day.”

Jerry Voorhees and Summer Allen, both of whom have done the Portland Marathon a couple times before, said everything was great.

“Perfect weather, wonderful. And music. Great music!” said Allen

Voorhees added the course change was better “because it’s flatter. But the scenery was not as great. Industrial. But it was a good race.”

This year, the marathon was at risk when the City of Portland denied a permit for the Portland Marathon because the planned course would require more police officers to staff than the force has available. City officials asked organizers to change their route to accommodate the staffing issues.

It was only in September that the Portland Bureau of Transportation issued the Portland Marathon a permit.

Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum said police kept planning — even without knowing whether or not the race was going to happen. They recently finished up some last-minute preparations to keep the event safe.

In the end, the event went smoothly.