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Portland Marathon
 
3.8 (3 reviews)
Portland, OR
October 08, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 4,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Portland Marathon is rated as one of the premier marathons in the U.S. and one of the top 10 road race events in the U.S. Runner’s World called the Portland Marathon “the best people’s marathon in the West” and for the past ten years has ranked it as one of the top marathons in the country. The provide a memorable marathon experience for each and every one of their runners and walkers, and to top it all off, they send finishers home with great mementos – the most and best marathon swag anywhere!

Eugene Marathon
 
4.8 (2 reviews)
Eugene, OR
May 07, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,700
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Imagine spending a summer weekend at the birthplace of distance running where you can run in the footsteps of history, watch elite athletes perform and be a part of sport’s future. That’s the Eugene Marathon. With an average temperature of 54 degrees at the starting line, times will be faster on this flat, beautiful course that includes ten parks and miles of riverside trails.

Newport Marathon
 
4.5 (1 reviews)
Newport, OR
June 03, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 500
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 175 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Along the Newport Marathon course, runners will be treated to a splendid variety of views and scenery, wildlife and shipping, fishermen and crabbers. It is a flat, very fast, and beautiful course that will produce numerous PR's. Our course is USATF certified and has proven to be a very good "first marathon" as well as an excellent qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Foot Traffic Flat Marathon
 
5.0 (1 reviews)
Portland, OR
July 04, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 300
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 150 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The “Flat,” as we affectionately call it, has become a Fourth of July tradition around Portland. The course, as the name implies, is about the flattest and fastest full marathon on the West Coast. Runners and walkers will also be treated to the beautiful sights of Sauvie Island, including thousands of songbirds, majestic bald eagles, and picturesque farmland that most of the island residents subsist off of.

Bend Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Bend, OR
April 23, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 250
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Bend Marathon course takes in all that is amazing about the city of Bend and the surrounding beauty of this incredible location. The course starts in downtown Bend, traveling through the heart of the city, including iconic Drake Park. Runners then tour the Deschutes River, the Old Mill District, Farewell Bend Park, Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, the Tetherow neighborhood (which includes fantastic views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor) and finish on the West Bend Trail with one gigantic party at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. The course is approximately 85% pavement and 15% gravel trail.

Columbia Gorge Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Hood River, OR
October 22, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 250
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 3.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: No

Experience one of the country’s most spectacular and breathtaking marathons. Begin your run on the historic Columbia River Highway with its colorful fall foliage, pass by waterfalls and enjoy amazing vistas. Pass through the small town of Mosier then wind your way up to the turnaround at Rowena Viewpoint which offers incredible views both to the east and west of the Columbia River Gorge. Finish your marathon on the banks of the Columbia River!

Pacific Northwest Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Eugene, OR
May 13, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 150
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 100 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Of all the marathons in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest Marathon is one of the flattest. This course is very flat in order to give beginners a good first-time experience and to give Boston hopefuls a good chance at a personal best. We start and finish at 420 feet above sea level and our highest point is only at 498 feet. Consider running your next marathon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Silver Falls Trail Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Silverton, OR
November 04, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 150
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 2,750 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 4.00
Surface: Mostly Singletrack
Certified: No

Journey in the back country trails of Silver Falls State Park. Huge fir trees, bridge crossings, lung busting hills, amazing single-track, and tons of wildlife greet runners in this remote area. This is not your typical marathon, though. If you're looking for an easy little run in the park, think again. This motha packs a punch and features significant elevation gain with tons of mud, rocks, creek crossing, and did we say hills? Yes -- there are a lot of hills.

Vernonia Marathon
 
2.8 (1 reviews)
Vernonia, OR
April 09, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 150
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes
A point-to-point race starting in Vernonia and finishing in Banks. Most of the course runs along the paved Banks-Vernonia State Trail through scenic woods on an abandoned railroad bed. The course is mostly flat, with a gradual uphill from miles 9 to 13.
Lithia Loop Trail Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Ashland, OR
November 04, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 130
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 4.25
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: No

A loop-style race in the Ashland watershed that starts/finishes in Lithia Park. The first 8 miles climb almost 2,000 grueling feet to an altitude of just under 5,000. It's then mostly flat to mile 21, and then drops 2,500' to the finish.

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Difficulty Rating

Race Navigator created the Difficulty Rating scale to help runners quickly compare the difficulty between marathon courses. The scale is 0.0 to 5.0 with 0.0 being the easiest and 5.0 being the most difficult. A further explanation is below:

Rating Course Description
0 to 1 These courses are mostly downhill and very fast – excellent for PR/BQ’s.
1 to 2 A rating of “1” means the course is flat; closer to “2” you can expect small hills.
2 to 3 The course has moderate hills.
3 to 4 The course has substantial hills.
4 to 5 Very difficult course usually with technical terrain.

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