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Portland Marathon runs new course, still ground to cover before city issues permit

Portland Marathon course map from August 15.

PORTLAND, Ore. – With roughly seven weeks left until race day, officials with the Portland Marathon said they have a new course that clears the city’s permit hurdles.

The 46th annual Portland Marathon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 8. It brings thousands of runners to the city each year and is called the "best people's marathon in the West" by Runner’s World magazine.

The city denied the race’s special permit request in June, citing a police officer shortage and communication issues between organizers and Portland staff. The race appealed the decision and has been working with the city to keep the race on track.

On Tuesday, the Portland Marathon released a statement saying the city assigned them a new route that still meets the requirements of being a “Boston-certified” course. Organizers also signed the medical plan that is required by Portland Fire & Rescue, city officials said.

“Modifications allow for an even flatter, faster course than previously,” the release said, adding that they will keep the same Start/Finish points from previous races.

KATU News reached out to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for comment on the latest update from race organizers. They said that the city is still reviewing some details, like the plans for the Start/Finish point and the amenities along the route.

“Though event planning is still months behind schedule, if organizers continue to provide the appropriate details, we are optimistic that in September PBOT will be able to issue a permit for the event,” bureau spokesperson Dylan Rivera said.

Below is the full release from the Portland Marathon:

The 46th Portland Marathon comes alive this October with a great new course!

The 46th Portland Marathon and 7th Portland Marathon Half will take place on Sunday October 8th.

Recent meetings with the City of Portland have resolved nearly all issues that were pending. And contrary to some press reports, event representatives have been working together with the Police, Fire & Rescue and other City and State agencies with ease.

The course assigned to us by the City will be a slightly different course this year. It includes nearly all the portions of our prior course, with a few good modifications. It will be a Boston certified course, as always. The Start and Finish area are in the same area of the park blocks. Modifications allow for an even flatter, faster course than previously.

Our Expo will be held at the annual location at the Portland Hilton Hotel starting at 11:00am on Friday October 6th. As our Official Hotel, The Hilton is 2 short City blocks from the Start and Finish area. Limited rooms are still available. Make your reservations while they last!

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