ORRC Vernonia Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, April 14, 2024 • Vernonia, ORCourse Map

Set for its 17th annual running this spring, Oregon’s Vernonia Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners on a fast, flat and scenic course along the trails that wind along the rivers and creeks near the city here in the state’s northeastern corner.

Like in past years, the Vernonia Half features a point-to-point course that takes runners largely along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.

This local rails-to-trails project has converted 21 miles of formerly used railroad into a tree-lined paved and gravel trail through Oregon’s picturesque woodlands for walkers, runners, bikers, hikers, horseback riders and inline skaters, as well as families bringing their children out in strollers.

Generally fast and flat throughout most of the 13.1 miles of the race, the course starts and finishes at Vernonia’s Anderson Park, which lies not far from town at the southern end of Jefferson and Adams Avenues, near where the Nehalem River and Rock Creek come together.

The course features a few rolling hills along the way, and runners also will cross several roads during the course of the race, but the route is otherwise closed to automobile traffic.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled up among Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, about an hour’s drive northwest from Portland, the town of Vernonia can experience weather that’s still quite cold in the early spring, as April can bring record temperatures as low as 22 degrees (in 1978) and as high as 87 degrees (in 1998).

On race day (April 14), the average low is 35ºF and the average high is 57ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Vernonia Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – full marathon
  • 9:00 AM – half marathon


  • $70 – $80 for the half marathon
  • $75 – $90 for the full marathon


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of the Vernonia Marathon or Half Marathon race, visit the event website below.

Official Race Website



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