16,000 run in 2012 Portland Marathon events

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by KGW staff

NWCN.com

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 11:16 AM

PORTLAND – The Rose City was filled with runners, volunteers, and spectators Sunday morning for the 41st running of the Portland Marathon.

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.

Colleen Little, 29, of Lake Oswego, won the women's race with a time of 2:51:34. Little was on the University of Portland soccer team that won a national title in 2002. She dedicated her victory to legendary coach Clive Charles, who died of cancer.

Jameson Mora, 28, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., was the first male finisher at 2:21:09.

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

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.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Portland Marathon

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.

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.

Rodney Granderson of Vancouver, Washington already accomplished a big goal. Granderson lost 100 pounds in his training for running the marathon. More: Vancouver man's big loss.

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Portland Marathon fast facts:

•58% women in the 2012 Marathon
•70% women in Half Marathon
•Entries from 50 States and 23 Countries
•Oldest woman Mavis Lindgren,91
•Oldest male ,90, name unavailable
•Most Marathons, 34, Sonny Condor
•U.S. Rep Blumenauer, 25 marathons

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Photo courtesy of KGW viewer Ethan B.

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