It was a beautiful day for the 2012 Portland Marathon

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by KGW staff

NWCN.com

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

PORTLAND – The city was full of runners, volunteers, and spectators Sunday morning for the annual Portland Marathon, which first started in 1971.

The event, which included a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10K family walk, drew tens of thousands of runners, volunteers and spectators to downtown Portland.

More than 9,000 people ran in the full marathon and more than 2,000 joined them to run in the half marathon.

Your Pics: 2012 Portland Marathon

"It was perfect weather. Everything went smoothly. Everyone had a good time," said Molly Bailey, a committee member with the Portland Marathon.

Jameson Mora of Arroyo Grande, Cailf. came in with the fastest men's time at 2:21:09, and Colleen Little of Lake Oswego had the fastest women's time at 2:51:35.

Results: Top finishers of the 2012 Portland Marathon

 The Portland Marathon was ranked as one the top 10 marathons in the country by Runner’s World magazine, and it’s also been called the most walker-friendly marathon in the United States.

 The race started at 7 a.m. and the majority of the course was totally closed to cars. Most roads were reopened before 3 p.m.

Course maps: 2012 Portland Marathon

This year's race saw a couple get married at the 20 mile marker and another couple get engaged.

Steve Gokey, a totally blind runner, participated in the race for the second time. Gokey has now run in 30 marathons during his lifetime.

Traffic: 2011 Portland Marathon report

A series of events were scheduled for the weekend including a Portland Marathon Kid’s Fun Run and a Sports & Fitness Expo at the Portland Hilton.

Events: Weekend Schedule

For those who didn't run, there were be plenty of places to watch participants power through the 26.2 mile course. Weekend temps were in the lower 70s by the afternoon with mostly sunny skies.

Don't forget to share some of your pictures from the weekend with KGW.

 

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