July 15: PSU athletic director Valerie Cleary leaves for MAC; Portland Marathon returns in October.

COURTESY PHOTO; MULTNOMAH ATHLETIC CLUB - Valerie Cleary is leaving her post as athletic director at Portland State to oversee sports and fitness programs at the Multnomah Athletic Club.PSU seeking new athletic director — Valerie Cleary is leaving Portland State for a position at Multnomah Athletic Club.

The athletics director at PSU since December 2016, Cleary hired two men's basketball coaches, new women's basketball coach Kelsey Gregg, along with coaches for track and field, women's soccer and tennis. She oversaw completion of the Viking Pavilion, which opened in 2018.

Cleary hired football coach Bruce Barnum during a stint as Portland State's interim AD late in 2014.

At the MAC, Cleary will oversee 26 sports programs, health and fitness programs and recreational classes and camps for youth. She will be a member of the club's executive team. She is scheduled to begin her new job in late August.

Cleary spent seven years at Portland State, including as an associate athletics director for two years prior to moving to the athletic director position at Willamette University in Salem.

According to an announcement from PSU, it will begin a national search to fill the AD position.

Portland Marathon Oct. 3 —¬†The 49th Portland Marathon is slated to take place Sunday, Oct. 3.

Organizers on Thursday, July 15, announced that the event is full-speed ahead with Oregon now open for events without COVID-19 related restrictions.

The marathon was not held in 2020 because of the pandemic. In October 2019, the race was reinvented by a new company, Brooksee, which established a new course.

Runners and walkers can enter either the full (26.2 miles) or the half (13.1 miles).

Cost to participate is $154.99 for the full marathon or $124.99 for the half marathon. The price increases by $10 on Sept. 1.

For more information, or to register, visit

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