Oregon > Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Portland, OR • Thursday, July 4, 2013 • Course Map
More than 2,000 runners come out to compete each year in the annual summertime running of Portland's Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K race -- including more than 1,600 finishers in the half marathon alone -- which is organized by the local running and walking shoe company of the same name and promoted as one of the West Coast's flattest and fastest marathon and half marathon road running events.
Runners get the chance to record a fast personal record times on this course, which is run through the wilderness of Sauvie Island, a 12,000+ acre island just to the northwest of Portland that is a seasonal home to thousands of migratory waterfowl and a popular local destination for hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, birdwatching and for its beaches.
The full and half marathon races are run on the same loop course through the island -- those running the half marathon run in a single time, while those running the full follow the course a second time around the island. From the starting line at the Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch, the course takes runners on a clockwise loop around the island, down Gillihan Road and up North Sauvie Island Road.
Runners turn right onto Reeder Road and head northwest along the paved road, detouring for a brief stretch along Oak Island Road and then back onto Reeder for the next few miles.
Once Reeder meets up with Gillihan Road, runners have hit the final third of the race, which takes the field along the bottom half of the loop back to the starting line at the Pumpkin Patch. Along the way, runners can expect to see local wildlife ranging from cows and songbirds to the bald eagles that commonly fly through the island's skies, and to see Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens off in the distance if conditions are clear enough.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northwest Oregon, on the dry side of the Cascade Mountain range, Portland experiences far more sun and mild to moderately warm weather in the summer than in the fall and winter months, when colder, grayer and rainier weather conditions are much more common.
In July, average monthly temperatures range between 80°F and 57°F, while rainfall totals average just over half an inch for the month. On the day of the race (July 4), the average high is 77°F and the average low is 56°F.
View the race route map for the Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon
$60 for the half marathon, if registered before February 1, 2013
$65 between February 1 - June 10
$80 at the race packet pickup and on race day
To reserve your spot in the summer 2013 running of Portland's Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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