Portland Marathon to impact traffic on downtown bridges


PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of runners will be taking to Portland's streets Sunday for the 41st annual Portland Marathon.

If you're planning to drive downtown, be aware that the marathon will affect traffic on several bridges.

The Burnside and Morrison bridges will have partial closures before 8:45 a.m. and the outside eastbound lane of the Broadway Bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m., a Multnomah County spokesman said.

Alternate downtown river crossings include the Fremont, Hawthorne and Ross Island bridges.

Around 13,000 runners and walkers are expected for this year's event, which will get started at 6:30 a.m. and go until around 1 p.m. There will also be over 4,000 volunteers along the course route and lots of spectators cheering on their favorite runners.

The Portland Marathon is ranked as one of the top 10 largest marathons in the United States and Runner's World also named it among the top 10 distance-running events in the world.

In addition to the 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1-mile half marathon, there is also a downhill dash, family walk and kids' fun run and festival.

Registration is closed for all of the events except for the kids' fun run, which is on Saturday. You can still pre-register online or show up the day of the event to sign up.


Among the runners that will be participating this year are a couple who will be getting married at the marathon, a blind runner and the following celebrity runners: Jeff Galloway, Bill Rodgers and Amby Burfoot. There will also be some 'mega' marathoners:

  • Sonny Conder will be completing his 34th consecutive Portland Marathon.
  • Carol "Warrior Marathon Runner" Dellinger will be finishing her 26th consecutive Portland Marathon. It will be her 265th marathon overall and this month also marks her third anniversary as a breast cancer survivor. Carol was featured in a KATU story back in 2010.
  • 'Ultra Al' Miller will be completing his 33rd consecutive Portland Marathon and his 205th overall marathon.
Courtesy of the Portland Marathon

The Portland Marathon is one of the only remaining distance-running events in the country that allows MP3-players and Ipods.

It has only rained on the Portland Marathon twice in 29 years and the weather always averages 50 to 54 degrees at the start of the event.

The average age of Portland Marathon women finishers is 34 and 35 years old for men.

The oldest woman to finish the Portland Marathon was 91 (Mavis Lindgren). The oldest man was 95. The oldest participant in a Portland Marathon event was 100.

The Portland Marathon once had a 5-year old finisher (who did so without the knowledge of event officials).

The Portland Marathon was first run on an island outside of Portland, Marathon Island, which is now know as Sauvie Island.


In 2011, there was concern that the Occupy protest in downtown Portland would create a problem for runners. However, protesters steered clear of the marathon and there were no issues. Watch our report below: