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Marathon Training

Marathon Training

The Pacific Northwest Marathon cares about your success. That is why we offer to help you with your marathon training. We have two options, one for local participants, and one for those who live far away.

Remote Marathon Coaching

If you live outside the Eugene, Oregon area, please take advantage of our remote coaching opportunity. Because we care so deeply about your success, we are working together with to give you some help in your training during the most crucial times.

For the discounted rate of $25 participants in this program receive…


  • Initial phone call with a running coach several weeks before your race

  • During that call, your coach will help you determine your current physical state and what you should be attempting in your marathon training

  • 16-20 week marathon or half marathon training plan based on what your coach learns about you

  • Followup call with your marathon coach halfway through to get feedback on your training and suggestions to modify your next few weeks

  • Final training call in the last 3-4 weeks before your race

Pacific Northwest Marathon or Half Marathon participants, get remote training at the discounted rate of $25 for the first 25 participants who fill out the form and follow up information.

My Remote Coaches have helped many people reach their goals. Please let us help you reach your goals!


Local Marathon Training Group

Local Training Group starts next week! Join us Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at Pre’s Trail starting June 3rd. Hope this doesn’t conflict with any of your other training groups! We will split into three groups by speed and focus on the long run for that week.

Check the training plan for the full marathon using the link below:

Register for your race and check the box for “remote coaching” then return here and complete the form below.

Click here for a map to the training group meeting site. To get on our email list, fill out a form here.

Remote Training Sign-up Form*

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Local Training Group Sign-up Form

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*Registration deferrals must include the registrant’s name and email.

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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 18th 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 18th 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 18th 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.