The Forest Park Marathon is a unique opportunity for runners to experience a trail marathon fully within the city limits of Portland, Oregon. The route, described in detail below, traverses 26.2 miles of Forest Park's legendary 80+ mile trail system. The half marathon (13.1 miles) is available for runners not ready to commit to a full, and is open to walkers as well.
The marathon runs deep through the heart of Forest Park, gaining nearly 2,000 of cumulative elevation over 26.2 miles. The course offers a nice sampling of Portland's 5,167 acre natural area, including over 19 continuous miles on the Wildwood Trail. The marathon begins along lower Saltzman Road, climbing moderately before joining Leif Erikson Drive heading N/NW. At the terminus of Leif Erikson at NW Germantown, climb the short Cannon Trail to meet up with the Wildwood Trail heading S/SE (toward Portland). The course then follows the Wildwood Trail all the way to the Stone House before heading down and out the Lower Macleay Trail along Balch Creek.
Below you will see a map for both courses. Click here to view and/or download larger version of this.
How to Enter
Participants can register for the Forest Park Marathon or the Half Marathon by making a minimum donation to the Forest Park Conservancy - only $150 for the marathon, or $100 for the half marathon. New this year: all participants will have the option of raising additional funds using tools and support provided by FPC! Please note that 100% of the proceeds from the Forest Park Marathon (and a Half) benefit the Forest Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization partnering with Portland Parks & Recreation to protect, preserve and maintain the trails and natural habitat within Forest Park.
Small Event, Great Support
This exclusive event is strictly limited to only 100 runners in the full marathon, and 250 runners and walkers in the half, so secure your place by registering today. Our generous sponsors, volunteers and hard-working staff will make certain your run is well-supported and your experience unforgettable.