Marathon Clinic News 3/24/13 rev


Katie is a Portland Marathon Training Clinic Director and Coach as well as the Volunteer Coordinator for our run leaders and aid station volunteers. Katie is an RRCA certified coach and an ACE fitness instructor. Katie has been involved in marathon running for 14 years starting with the Clinic in 1999 and has completed 10 marathons. She's the one who collects the names and sends reminders to those who have volunteered for the aid stations. Katie loves motivating marathoners and helping them achieve their goals.


1) Behind the Scenes
2) FREE Training Runs Start April 6
3) Group Leaders Needed
4) Evening Seminars Start April 16
5) Training Tips

If you have friends who want to run or walk the Portland Marathon, forward them this email and suggest they subscribe to this email list by visiting The email sends you training run reminders and directions, marathon news and details plus gives training tips.


The Portland Marathon continues to be named the "best organized marathon in North America' for good reason. It is a production put together by a large group of volunteers. The event director Les Smith, has put together an Marathon Committee of over 100 members having over 1,000 years of event direction and management. They exemplify the "Spirit" of the Portland Marathon. Their commitment and dedication is the driving force behind this well-oiled machine. Their goal is for each and every participant to have a great event no matter what their event choice. The main event is the marathon. There is only one marathon; you may race it, run it, jog it, walk it, race walk it or use any combination of the above to get to the finish line. Other choices include the Half Marathon, a 10K Downhill Dash, Family 10k Walk and Kid's Fun Run and Festival. While regular entry for the half is full, Charity entry is still open see

We know that the participants don't know or see what is happening behind the scenes. We plan to tell you some of what and how the Marathon Committee plans and executes the events of Marathon Day in a series of articles called "Behind the Scenes".

We'll start with the Portland Marathon Training Clinic since their events are the first one's you'll need to prepare you for the marathon. Here is the behind the scenes look at the Marathon Clinic:


We need volunteer group leaders for the 3:00 and 3:10 pace groups. You need to have run a marathon in that time, attend a minimum of 10 group runs and want to help others succeed in their marathons. You will get jacket, shirt and free advanced marathon clinic and pizza dinner. To volunteer, email


The FREE Kickoff Run for the 2012 Portland Training Clinic will be April 6 8 am at Mountain Hardwear, 722 SW Taylor, Portland. Mountain Hardwear will offer post run refreshments. Please leave your headphones, dogs and baby joggers at home. The distances will be 4, 6 or 8 miles with 12 pace groups led by experienced volunteers. The distance you choose should be based on your current training with most beginners ready for 6 The groups range from those wanting to run under a 3 hour marathon to those hoping to finish in 5 hours or more. These will be the first of the weekly training runs that take place Saturdays until the marathon. These runs are open to all runners .


The first evening seminar will be Tuesday April 16 7- 9:30 pm at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, 19300 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062 . PMC has added half marathon training for either the Portland Half or any summer/fall Half marathon. Seminar package participants will receive 5 Tuesday evening 2 1/2 hour seminars, a book "Marathoning Start to Finish", handouts, a personalized online training schedule and log and a micro fiber Portland Marathon Training Clinic shirt. The package is $120. If you register now, you will have your training schedule for the first run. You can find detailed information for all the runs and register for the seminars online at


If you've run a marathon or half and want to improve your time, join the advanced marathon/half training program. This 16 week program for experienced marathoners will offer midweek coached run or track session plus 16 week personalized online schedule and log and a microfiber race shirt in addition to the free Saturday runs. The midweek runs will meet at Duniway Park Thursday 6pm starting June 20. Runs will include fartlek, hill runs and track workouts to prepare runners to race the marathon or half marathon. The cost will be $90. For more info see


Spring is coming and it will be time to start training for this year's Marathon. To get motivated, take a look at the new marathoners, both runners and walkers and their reasons for wanting to marathon by reading "Marathoning In The Millenium"
P.S. Men want to marathon for many of the same reasons.

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