The Forest Park Conservancy and Fit Right NW will host the first ever Forest Park Marathon and half marathon in Forest Park’s legendary 80+ mile trail system. The October 1st marathon runs deep through the heart of Forest Park, gaining nearly 2,000 of cumulative elevation over 26.2 miles. The course offers a nice sampling of Portland’s 5,167 acre natural area, including over 19 continuous miles on the Wildwood Trail.
“Thousands of runners train in Forest Park for events elsewhere. We want to educate this large segment of park users about the work of the Forest Park Conservancy, provide them with a unique event that they can experience in their own backyard training grounds, and engage them in our efforts to preserve and maintain the trails and natural habitat of Forest Park,” says Terry Milner, Development Director of the Forest Park Conservancy. “We’re always considering the human impact on the park, so this exclusive event is strictly limited to 100 runners in the full marathon and 250 runners and walkers in the half. The small size and terrific support provided by Fit Right NW and our other sponsors will make for a unique and terrifically rewarding experience for all.”
Local specialty running retailer, Fit Right NW, is co-producing the event and works closely with the Forest Park Conservancy. The event also receives generous support from the All Trails Challenge advisory board, local vendors, member volunteers and BPN Advertising. All finishers will receive a micro-fiber running shirt, a wild plant, reusable grocery bag, aid stations, music, free massage, energy food/non-alcoholic beverages, festive finish at Lower Macleay Park, and a year’s membership with the Forest Park Conservancy.
Participants can register for the Forest Park Marathon or the Half Marathon by making a minimum donation to the Forest Park Conservancy – $250 for the marathon, $100 for the half marathon (increasing to $125 on 7/1/11). Please note that 100% of the proceeds from the Forest Park Marathon (and a Half) benefit the Forest Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization partnering with Portland Parks & Recreation to protect, preserve and maintain the trails and natural habitat within Forest Park.
Additional details may be found on the website and registration site: forestparkmarathon.org