Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Race Preview: The Oregon Marathon and The Oregon Half Marathon

Join me on September 13th as I tackle the beautiful country side in the Willamette Valley for 13.1 miles... or pass me by on your way with 26.2 miles!

Either way, this course sounds like it will be breath taking.  Uberthons does not disappoint with their heavy duty (and heavy) medals, extremely accurate timing and well thought out courses.

Both courses will travel through the Gallon House Bridge.  I'm going to pack my camera just for that and hope to bribe someone to take my photo.  

Both the half and full marathon are described as "mostly flat or downhill" for 9 miles.  And the total elevation from highest point to lowest point (for the full marathon course) is 169.39 feet.

Ice cold watermelon will be available at the aid station at the halfway point (or the finish for the half marathon distance) at the Mt. Angel High School.

The full marathon will then climb about 109 ft over 6 miles and then travel a mile through a local vineyard and a mile of hard packed gravel.  Don't worry, it's described as hard packed and only for one mile.  However, you'll face a hard packed gravel road again from mile 18-19.  This sounds like a good opportunity for tired feet to try out a new terrain.

Total ascent for the full marathon is just short of 600 ft.  (This is the total of all the little inclines, hills, etc. added on top of each other.)   This sounds like a great course and I wish I was a little more prepared for a full.  Maybe next year?  ;)

There will be cold showers available for race finishers at Mt. Angel high school (leave your clothes on!  This is outside in the football field...) and changing rooms inside the school to get into warm, dry clothes before boarding the free shuttle back to the start line and the festivities.

For those wanting a warm shower, that is available for $2 at the local YMCA as well as changing stalls.  

After you are all cleaned up and dry, you are ready to go relax and enjoy some brews and brats at the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest.

Here's the rundown!

When:  Sat. Sept. 13th, 2014.  Start time is 7:30am
Finish by: 10:45am half marathon or half way point for full marathon and 2pm for full marathon distance (14.9mm)

Where:  Mt. Angel, Oregon.  Start line is in front of Glockenspiel Restaurant.

Packet Pickup:  Fri. Sept. 12th, 2014 from 2pm-8pm at The Grand Hotel in Tigard, Oregon.

Cost: Check out the registration page.  If you join a team of 10 or more people, you will save $5.  (Might I tempt you to join my "Moms Run This Town" team?) There are also different fees if you'd like to do a relay team or register for a certain distance as an individual.

Oregon Marathon (and half marathon) website HERE
Oregon Marathon facebook page HERE

Register HERE


  1. God bless and God speed, Robin! Sounds like a beautiful race!!

  2. :D Thanks Amy! I'm looking forward to it!