Stephanie’s Story: What If I Can Do It Too?

One day I asked myself a question that would later end up changing my entire life. After watching my best friend completely change her life with healthy eating and fitness, loosing weight and becoming a runner, I was very inspired. I wondered if I would be able to commit myself to eating healthy and exercising. On December 1, 2014, I said to myself, “What if I can do it too?” With a glimmer of faith in my heart I made a decision to go for it.

As I began my journey I reached out for support from other people who had been successful on their health journey. The encouragement and inspiration from others was never in short supply. Everyone is on their own journey. With different situations and experiences, we all have something to share with others. Knowing that other people are pursuing a healthy lifestyle tells me I’m not alone.

In the last 16 months I have lost 155lbs and I’m still going strong. Part of my life is walking/running 5K’s. I am currently training to walk my first half marathon- The Pacific Northwest Marathon on May 28,2016.  My goal is to travel the states and the world to be in 5K, 10K, half and full marathons.  I am thrilled to be a part of the PNM this year. And just as I have been inspired, I want to help inspire others to achieve their health and fitness goals. When the smallest measure of belief enters the heart, ask yourself… “What if I can do it too?”

On May 28th, 2016, Stephanie fulfilled the next phase of her goal, completing her very first half marathon. In 2017, she continued to persue her dream of inspiring others by volunteering as the Finish Line Hostess at the Pacific Northwest Marathon. There is no doubt she is going on even father. Stephanie is unstoppable!

THE 2020 PNW RACE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

We are very sorry to inform you that it will not be possible to hold our event on September 19th, as planned. Click here for additional details.
 

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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.

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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.