My favorite marathon (General Comments)|
A Runner from New Jersey (5/13/00)
Maybe it's because this was my first marathon (and second, and third), but Portland will always hold a special place in my heart. From the 85+ year old woman who starts the race 1/2 hour or so before everyone else, to the entertainment along the way - including a guy dressed into a tux whistling classical music, and a group of bagpipers in kilts around mile 18 - to the hill at mile 16 that's just tough enough to add a little drama to the race - the Portland marathon has all the elements that make a marathon a memorable experience. At the end of the race you're handed a rose, and turned loose into the biggest post marathon feast I've ever seen.