Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler, recently announced Utah-based Brooksee to be the Race Director for the Portland Marathon slated for October 6, 2019. Brooksee placed a bid to manage last year’s event but were not selected. The event ended up canceled, however, Run with Paul Events put on a last minute replacement marathon labeled Portlandathon.
Brooksee puts on a series of Revel marathons and half marathons in California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and one at Mt Hood. The Mt Hood race occurs June 29th.
Paula Harkin will join Brooksee as a community outreach director to assist with the grand vision Mayor Wheeler has set forth.
“My vision for a marathon is one that is a world-class event worthy of a host city that’s known for running,” Wheeler says in a statement, “but also for a marathon that highlights the entire community and increases opportunities for community participation and equal economic prosperity.”
“Brooksee placed a bid to manage last year’s event but were not selected. The event ended up canceled, however, Run with Paul Events put on a last minute replacement marathon labeled Portlandathon.”
This is incorrect! Brooksee placed an earlier bid to manage the 2019 Portland Marathon, and were selected, but the Mayor’s office scrapped that decision and reopened the selection process. Run With Paula was the city’s first choice to manage a replacement event in 2018, which they dubbed “Portlandathon”. Only local companies were asked to bid for the race in 2018, so Utah-based Brooksee were ineligible.
Thanks for the clarification, Joe!
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