September 13, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.
THE OREGON EXPERIENCE
Lucky you! You have chosen to run your Marathon or Half Marathon in the most beautiful state in the entire United States. Oregon even has its own set of 7 Wonders. See them here - TRAVEL OREGON. You will thoroughly enjoy your visit here, and the locals, the Oregonians who live, work, and play here, are excited to welcome you to the state that has 7 Wonders of our own. See one, or see them all. Have a great time at the Marathon or Half Marathon. Oregon and each of her runners welcome you! Oregon runners of all abilities appreciate the Oregon Marathon. Whether you are in training for another half marathon or marathon, you do not want to miss this event - it has all the things runners in Oregon are proud of - great course, and great scenery. The Oregon Marathon may certainly entice the elite runners from around the world, but, it still is the marathon for people who live, play, and work in the Northwest United States. We love it here. Most of us have not been anywhere else! Normal people, normal runners, our neighbors, those with whom we work and worship will enjoy the Oregon Marathon. Some of us may not be very fast, but we certainly enjoy the outdoors, and the beautiful scenery of the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
THE OREGON MARATHON EXPERIENCE
The biggest, the oldest (49 years), the best Oktoberfest in the Northwestern United States welcomes you, September 13, 2014. The Oktoberfest welcomes you and over 350,000 people this year - start the marathon or half marathon early in the morning, and finish in the crowd! Gorgeous farmland, Oregon's oldest covered, wooden bridge - around the valley's farms, and back to town to finish your marathon. Oktoberfest value coupons worth $35 included in the entry fee. Park, run, eat, drink, and enjoy the day! Families are welcome.
NEW for 2014: Oregon Marathon Snapshot photos - Lazer Eye-activated finish-line photos
NEW for 2014: Mt. Angel Oktoberfest Start Line and Mt. Angel High School Finish Line
NEW for 2014: Course runs through Oregon's oldest covered bridge
NEW for 2014: Oktoberfest package with registration
It all adds up to an unforgettable experience.
TO GET HERE
Mt. Angel, Oregon is just 30 miles south of Portland, Oregon, and 14 miles northeast of Salem, Oregon's capital city. From out of town, take your favorite airline to Portland, Oregon (PDX). CLICK HERE for a traveling map. The beautiful Grand Hotel at Bridgeport welcomes the participants of the 2014 Oregon Marathon.
When making reservations at the Grand Hotel, ask for your Oregon Marathon discount. SEE HOTEL
TOUR OF OREGON
The Oregon Marathon continues its tour of Oregon. When it landed in Mt. Angel for the 2014 and 2015 Oktoberfest, the Oregon and the Oregon Half could not have been more pleased. The venues are only the best - and this one surpasses them all! Away from the hustle and bustle of city streets, and out to the beautiful part of Oregon - yet over 350,000 visitors come to the Oktoberfest each year. Enjoy the Oregon Marathon and Half Marathon.
DATE AND STARTING TIME
Starting time is 7:30 AM. The start time accommodates the Oktoberfest vendors. September 13, 2014 is a Saturday. The weather should be at its finest.
COURSE CERTIFICATION & BOSTON QUALIFIER
The 26.2 mile course will be certified and sanctioned by USA Track & Field. The course will be a Boston Marathon qualifier. To see the required times to qualify for the Boston Marathon, CLICK HERE. To see a history of the Boston Marathon, CLICK HERE.
The Oregon Marathon partners with Acceleration Sports Medicine , with Dr. Adam Mohr D.C., DACBSP as the Medical Director for the event - taking care of aches and pains before, during, and after the race.
WHAT IS THE TIMING SYSTEM?
RFID (radio frequency identification) chips are on the back of the racing bib. Overhead antennas read the signal, and carry the signal through the computer system to produce your time instantly. Results are shown on monitors at the Finish Line. Wear the bib on the front so the chip will be read, and photos can be taken. The results are available at results.uberthons.com. Plan to see your results on smart phones at the event. Uberthons, an Oregon timer, provides the timing services.
SET A HUGE GOAL
The Athens Marathon in Greece may be in your bucket list of things to do . . . read about it HERE.