From Press Release –
Forest Park Conservancy and Fit Right NW announce their first ever full 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. The idea for hosting a full marathon and half marathon sprouted during an advisory meeting for the All Trails Challenge (alltrailschallenge.org), a separate summer long event challenging runners and hikers of all ages to complete every trail within Forest Park while raising sponsorships to help fund the work of the Conservancy.
“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 (bpninc.com). 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.
“We’re honored to co-host the first annual Forest Park Marathon & Half Marathon. Fit Right NW is a longtime supporter of the Forest Park Conservancy with fundraising and volunteer efforts. We have a very large customer base of Forest Park trail users and that shows in our wide selection of trail running shoes, apparel, accessories, and Forest Park maps. Forest Park is the ideal setting to race the full and half distance – offering a pure trail race alternative to the numerous road races we support and sponsor ,” says Paul Curran, Race Director and Manager of Events and Promotions at Fit Right NW.
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.
Forest Park Conservancy: The Forest Park Conservancy works collaboratively with Portland Parks & Recreation’s City Nature Division, which manages this city-owned Park on a limited budget. Our focus is on trail maintenance and improvement, habitat restoration, environmental education, signage improvements, and public outreach. Volunteers are the heart of our organization. For more information, visit forestparkconservancy.org.
Fit Right NW: Established in 2000, Fit Right NW is one of Portland’s outstanding running and walking stores. Locally owned by Dave Sobolik and Robb Finegan, their two stores in Vancouver and Portland are dedicated to providing customers with superior products and excellent service. Fit Right NW’s Portland location at NW 23rd and Raleigh is less than one mile from Forest Park and features a two lane track surface, video gate analysis, and offers a wide selection of products and events. For more information, visit fitrightnw.com.