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Portland Marathon's "Going the Distance" Program Adds New Race
Growing list of partner training events now includes Big Sur International Marathon

Portland Marathon's "Going the Distance" Program Adds New Race

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Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2012

From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA

PORTLAND, Ore. - (February 10, 2012) - The Portland Marathon added the Big Sur International Marathon to its growing list of "Going the Distance" partner training events.

The Portland Marathon partners with other events to encourage and optimize their participants' training experience to help them get ready for the Portland Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The organization specially selects interesting, challenging, fun and well administered running and walking events to promote in their "Going the Distance" program.

The Portland Marathon plans to add several more events to their existing partnerships with the Big Sur Int'l Marathon, Eugene Marathon and Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon.

Big Sur International Marathon - April 29
The Big Sur Int'l Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world - and, for runners, the most challenging. Related marathon-day events include a 21-mile power walk, 5K run, 9-mile walk, 10.6-mile walk, marathon relay, and "Just Kids" 3K. An expansive sports expo takes place for the two days before the run at the Monterey Conference Center.

Runners can carbo-load at two different events throughout the weekend, at "Carbs in Carmel" on Friday at Carmel Plaza and "Pasta Party" on Saturday at the Monterey Marriott. Each year, the non-profit marathon donates over $150,000 to charities.

Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon - April 29
In total, participants run through or along 12 parks before they reach the new finish line, through the arches of Powell Plaza and the final stretch on the track at historic Hayward Field. No doubt, this is one of the prettiest and flattest certified marathons in the country. Be a Legend in 2012. Registration is open for the 6th Eugene Marathon to be held April 27-29, 2012.

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon - September 2
Held in the rolling hills of the Yamhill Valley, less than an hour from Portland, the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon offers the perfect mix of work(out) and play! Runners enjoy a course with breathtaking scenery, and the reward of a music and wine festival.

Learn more about the "Going the Distance" program at:

The Portland Marathon is a non-profit running and walking event that produces Portland's largest three-day "convention." The event has a positive $25M economic impact to the Portland area. Proceeds from the Portland Marathon go to help local schools, charities and non-profits. Sunday, October 7, 2012 will mark the 41st Portland Marathon. The event features 85 entertainment groups at 53 locations along the course. The events of the Portland Marathon have over 15,000 registered participants from all 50 States, and is produced with the help of over 4,700 volunteers. The Event has been called the "best-organized marathon in North America" and has received national attention for being one of the first eco-friendly, "green" marathons.

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