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Portland Marathon agrees to new route, but ‘many requirements’ remain for permit

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Portland Marathon organizers have agreed to a new route, but there are still “many requirements” to be met before a permit will be issued for the event, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

A PBOT spokesman reported Tuesday that marathon organizers met Monday’s deadline for agreeing in writing to one of the routes that city officials and the Portland Police Bureau developed for the race.

The new route includes an out-and-back section on Willamette Boulevard and the St. Johns Bridge. 

The route includes no interruption of MAX or Portland Streetcar service and no disruption to traffic on the Morrison, Burnside, Steel and Broadway bridges.

PBOT also said the route provides no disruption to people in Old Town-Chinatown, south Portland and the Homestead neighborhood, as well as downtown churches, and greatly reduces impact to northwest Portland neighborhoods.   

Even with the agreed-upon route, marathon organizers must still provide details on items including the proposed start and finish downtown and the half-marathon route, according to PBOT. Organizers also need to make a pre-payment for estimated police and PBOT expenses and sign an agreement to abide by Portland Fire & Rescue’s medical plan by July 31.

“Because the organizers did not contact the (Portland) Police Bureau or PBOT to discuss event plans for more than six months, time is running out and the marathon still has many steep hills to climb before it can qualify for a permit,” according to Dylan Rivera, PBOT public information officer.

A permit for the Portland Marathon was denied in June. City officials said the route needed to change, citing police staffing issues, and a letter was sent to race organizers about it last October. Race organizers initially refused, saying the route had been the same for 25 years.

The race has been scheduled for Oct. 8.

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