2021 Portland Marathon runs through East Portland

INCLUDES VIDEO VIGNETTE |Joggers, runners and walkers from outer East Portland weren’t stuck downtown; they got to cross the Sellwood Bridge and enjoy some East Side sights …

Less than an hour after its start downtown, runners are heading east across the Sellwood Bridge into East Portland, in the 2021 Portland Marathon.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

If it weren’t for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic having canceled the 2020 Portland Marathon, this year’s run – held on Sunday, October 3 – would have marked the event’s 50th anniversary.

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Nevertheless, in this 49th running of the Portland Marathon, both the “full” and the “half” versions saw about 4,000 participants running, jogging, and occasionally walking through East Portland streets.

Runners took off at Tom McCall Waterfront Park downtown at 7 a.m. and headed north into the Pearl District, before being directed south, along S.W. Macadam Avenue and east over the Sellwood Bridge, as early as 45 minutes after the starting gun went off.

The first participant to turn north on S.E. Reed College Place in Eastmoreland was Justin Roisom, who placed 5th overall in the 2021 Portland Marathon.

After running through Sellwood, just before 8 a.m., runners came into Westmoreland – then heading east over the Bybee Bridge and into Eastmoreland – continuing with a tour around Reed College.
Half-marathoners exited north through the Reed neighborhood; the full marathoners doubled back southward on S.E. Reed College Place, crossing back over the Bybee Bridge and proceeding north to Reedway Street in Westmoreland, then west to Milwaukie Avenue and north into Brooklyn, where all participants joined up to continue the course.

About to pause at the “hydration station” set up in front of Reed College were Annie Noffsinger and Kylie Breeze.

Along the way, at Milepost 19, the Cheer PDX, a nonprofit adult charitable cheerleading team for the Portland Metro area, provided water, comfort facilities, and energy – urging the runners to keep on going.

Along the way, volunteers staffed “hydration stations” and restroom stops. And, neighbors came out to cheer on the runners, many of them clanging cowbells.

Although a few motorists were surprised to find streets closed near the course, despite considerable efforts by both the city and the neighborhoods involved to alert residents and motorists ahead of time, most seemed to take it good-naturedly. By 2 p.m. the event was over, and the streets were reopened.

Off they go, running through East Portland streets, eventually ending up downtown.

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