It’s Your Journey

Pacific Northwest Marathon

To be Announced – 2021

Photos and Results

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Dear friends,

We are very sorry to inform you that it will not be possible to hold our event on September 19th, as planned. Throughout this decision process, we have thought much about you. You have worked hard to prepare for this goal, and we are honored that you would consider making us part of your accomplishment. However, the governor of Oregon, health authorities, doctors, nurses, and other professionals believe it is in the public interest to refrain from holding our event as planned.

Our organization is still committed to giving you the best support we can to work toward your fitness goals. We have explored many alternatives, including a virtual race, small satellite races around the country, cancelling the race entirely, and postponing the event to a date in October or November.

At this time, it would not be wise to postpone the event to a new date. With the level of uncertainty in our health system, this may still require us to cancel the race when the new date rolls around. While virtual races do offer some consolation to those who have prepared, they do not provide a concrete motivation to help you do your best.

Our directors have also discussed forming small satellite races with groups of 10-25 runners, timed, on a course that is measured and certified, completely on running paths instead of public roads. While this option could provide an opportunity for you to accomplish your goals in an organized setting, the time and resources of our team are not sufficient to make it a reality.

If we are able to reschedule the race for a date in October or November, we will make this information public in the month of July.

In the mean time, we do not subscribe to the idea that it is time to put your life on hold and do nothing. Our race ambassadors around the country will be doing their best to keep the spirit alive. They will encourage you, help you get out running, and do everything they can for you. Check our Facebook page or contact us to find out if we have an ambassador in your area. If there is no ambassador in your area, please contact us, and we can help you become one. Be part of a wonderful team, devoted to helping others achieve their goals.

As a benefit to those who are registered, running coach Walter Faion is providing remote coaching. He believes keeping you motivated is very important and is willing to help guide you along this uncertain path. Go to the Pacific Northwest Marathon website training tab to fill out the form and get connected with the coach. There is no additional cost.

If you have any needs or concerns, please contact us. We are here to serve you.


1. The Pacific Northwest Marathon will not happen on September 19th, 2020. 2. You may immediately defer your registration to next year or wait to see if the race can be rescheduled for a date in October or November. 3. In the mean time, contact our race ambassadors to find out what they are planning in your area. 4. If you are a caring, dedicated, goal oriented individual, contact us to become a race ambassador. 5. Remote coaching is still available to those who are already registered for the race.
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At the Pacific Northwest Marathon, anything is possible. We help people overcome the most difficult challenges in order to achieve their fitness goals.

Our Mission

The mission of the Pacific Northwest Marathon Series is to help people overcome challenges in order to achieve their fitness goals. There is a fitness crisis in our country. People are suffering more and more from chronic disease, poor nutrition, and inactivity. We invite you to join our supportive community, fight this downward cycle, work to live the life you have always wanted, and inspire others along the way. The Pacific Northwest Marathon will help you achieve new heights, overcome personal challenges, and be more healthy. This is your journey!

USATF Certified Boston Qualifer

Measured according to the highest industry standards. Laid out and marked by trained professionals. You can run your race feeling confident we have done our part to keep you on course and running the correct distance. Your time will count!

The Pacific Northwest Marathon is positioned just before the usual registration deadline for the Boston Marathon, making it possibly your last chance. Please see the BAA website for official registration dates for Boston.

Samuel Ongaki

If you did not get to meet Samuel Ongaki at our training group, you might have another opportunity. He plans to come back to the USA for the race on September 21st, 2019. If he can make his goal at our race, it will be a screaming fast marathon!

He has a lot on his plate, supporting his family in South Africa and his extended family in Kenya, running a small business, and working in his training schedule.

Samuel is one of the most determined people you will ever meet. Come cheer him on to his goal; he will most definitely do the same for you.

Never Give Up

“March 2016: (at) 245 lbs. I decided to make a life change to get well.  Sept 2016: I changed to an all vegan diet. April 2017: I ran my first 5K. December 2018: I ran my first half marathon. Today: I am running a 10K at 185 lbs. Goals: Run the Hood to Coast Relay. Run a marathon by age 40–I have 2 1/2 years to go! Get to 150 lbs–in it for the long haul! Running is my therapy toward a better me. Smile!”

Be the Best You

Stephanie transformed her life through running. Set aside your fear and unleash your potential. Take the first step by making a commitment to change.

Anything is Possible






Share Your Story: Win Hundreds of Dollars Worth of Prizes! January through March 2018 Help Us Promote Health and Fitness in Your Community

We aim to have 400 new marathon or half marathon runners participate in our races this year. Will you be one of them? Help us achieve this goal by making a fitness resolution and sharing it. Wherever you live, whatever your interests and fitness level, you can change your life and help others along the way!



Help Your Friends Get Fit and Win a Prize
Contest Runs Annually in November

Each time you walk or run with a friend, you can earn one point toward free marathon registrations

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All packets that are not collected at the expo will be available at their respective start-lines.  Please plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before your event start. No ID is required to pickup your packet.

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Start Times and Locations
Marathon: 7:00 AM September 19th at Norma Pfeiffer Park in Coburg, OR
Note: Drop-offs are welcome, limited parking at start (see Parking and Shuttles for Race Start below).
Half Marathon: 8:00 AM September 19th at 33325 Wilkins Rd, Eugene, OR 97408
Note: Limited drop-off capacity, if you are dropping off a participant, plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the race. No parking at start. (see Parking and Shuttles for Race Start below)
5K: 9:00 AM September 19th at ​7th & Smith St, Harrisburg, OR 97446 ​(at Harrisburg Middle School)
All races end at the bus turn-around at 7th & Smith St, Harrisburg, OR 97446 ​(at Harrisburg Middle School)

Information regarding start times, parking and other useful information is also available via our interactive race map.

Parking and Shuttles for Race Start
The expo and finish line are in the school bus driveway just east of Harrisburg Elementary School on Smith Street. You can not drive in or park there. There is limited parking at the full marathon start, and there is no parking at the half marathon start. The 5K start is the same as the finish line.

The best parking areas are:
1. Harrisburg High School parking lot on 9th Street (on Friday during the expo, we will be competing with a football game, starting at 7:00, so fill the other areas first)
2. Harrisburg Middle School parking on 6th Street (only on the west side so you don’t block the 5K course)
3. Gravel lot between school bus parking and Middle School
4. On city street north of Smith so you don’t block or congest the race course

On Friday for the expo, we will be competing with a football game, so if the parking lots fill up, just drive a little farther north in town to find open street parking. Make sure to park correctly, and don’t block driveways or fire zones.

On Saturday, parking will be easiest before the full marathon, from about 4:15am to 6:15am. If you are going for the half marathon, go a little early in case the parking lots are full and you have to park on the street (not along the race route).

Catch the Shuttle Early
You can catch the shuttle from the high school parking lot as early as 4:45am on Saturday to the full marathon start line. For the half marathon the early shuttle starts at 6:00am and several others come at 6:30am. There are more large buses than last year, so we hope it will be less stressful for everybody.

If you are staying at either of the host hotels, Hilton Garden Inn Springfield or Life Northwest Harrisburg, the shuttle will pick up on Friday for the expo and on Saturday morning early for either race. Full marathon shuttles start from the hotels at 4:30am from Life Northwest and at 4:45 from Hilton Garden Inn. Life Northwest in Harrisburg, is only 1.5 miles from the high school.

Watch for more communications by email.

Packet Pickup
Packets are available at the expo only.  If you cannot have your packet picked up for you at the expo click the button below to notify our packet crew.