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Marathon Clinic News 3/6/14


Certified running coach and endurance runner for a decade, Diane Lechner loves to run. She has 25+ marathons and ultras under her belt and looks forward to running many more. "The Portland Marathon is definitely one of the best," Diane said. As a graduate of the Portland Marathon Clinic seminars herself, she has shaved an hour off her first marathon time under the guidance of PMC coaching. "As a coach and director, I really enjoy helping runners stay healthy, make good choices and meet their goals," says Diane. "With Portland Marathon Clinic's coaching and their training plan, marathon day will feel like a victory lap."


1) Behind the Scenes
2) FREE Training Runs Start April 5
3) Marathon Clinic 2014
4) 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, 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:


The FREE Kickoff Run for the 2012 Portland Training Clinic will be April 5 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 .


New for 2014 all clinic participants can learn everything you need to know about marathoning through the new on demand video webcasts. Topics include training plans, nutrition, physiology, psychology, flexibility/strength and speedwork. The $100 marathon clinic package includes the Saturday long run, a midweek coached run or track session , the new edition of "Marathoning Start to Finish", a personalized online training schedule and log and a micro fiber Portland Marathon Training Clinic shirt . The midweek runs will meet at Duniway Park Thursday 6pm starting June 19. Runs will include fartlek, hill runs and track workouts to prepare runners to race the marathon. You can pre-register online at and have your training schedule with distance and pace before the first run.


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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