City offers three route possibilities for Portland Marathon


Plans are still evolving for the annual Portland Marathon, and the city is proposing three different route options, all of which include a large portion of Highway 30 but not much of the east side.

Earlier this month, the Portland Bureau of Transportation denied race organizers a permit for the event, saying the original route would require a larger police presence than the city could provide.

Days later the organizers said they had agreed to work with the city to develop a new route for the marathon, saying the full details would be finalized at a later date.

None of the routes proposed Friday are actual loops like the courses of past marathons.

One option runs through downtown, along Highway 30 and crosses the St. Johns Bridge.

Another option is similar but continues a short way into the St. Johns neighborhood.

The third option has runners go along Highway 30, over the bridge and to Willamette Boulevard before returning back into downtown.

PBOT officials said noted that all three routes meet goals set by the marathon of having the race start and end in the downtown area and cross the St. Johns Bridge,

City officials also say these routes would lead to a minimal if any disruption of MAX or streetcar service and would also keep access to OHSU fully open.

Race organizers now have until July 17 to decide on which route to choose. The race is scheduled for October 8.

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