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The Portland Marathon again passed through Inner Southeast, closing streets, drawing crowds, on a Sunday morning

DAVID F. ASHTON - Less than an hour after its start downtown, runners were heading east across the Sellwood Bridge into Inner Southeast, in the 2021 Portland Marathon. If it weren't for the COVID-19 pandemic having canceled the 2020 Portland Marathon, this year's run – held on Sunday, October 3 – would have marked the event's 50th anniversary.

Nevertheless, in this 49th running of the Portland Marathon, both the "full" and the "half" versions saw about 4,000 participants running, jogging, and occasionally walking through Inner Southeast Portland streets.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Runners were cheered on at this hydration station by volunteers from the Westmoreland office of Windermere Real Estate. Runners took off at Tom McCall Waterfront Park downtown at 7 a.m. and headed north into the Pearl District, before being directed south, along S.W. Macadam Avenue and east over the Sellwood Bridge, as early as 45 minutes after the starting gun went off.

After running through Sellwood, just before 8 a.m., runners came into Westmoreland – then heading east over the Bybee Bridge and into Eastmoreland – continuing with a tour around Reed College.

DAVID F. ASHTON - The first participant to turn north on S.E. Reed College Place in Eastmoreland was Justin Roisom, who placed 5th overall in the 2021 Portland Marathon. Half-marathoners exited north through the Reed neighborhood; the full marathoners doubled back southward on S.E. Reed College Place, crossing back over the Bybee Bridge and proceeding north to Reedway Street in Westmoreland, then west to Milwaukie Avenue and north into Brooklyn, where all participants joined up to continue the course.

Along the way, volunteers staffed "hydration stations" and restroom stops. And, neighbors came out to cheer on the runners, many of them clanging cowbells.

DAVID F. ASHTON - About to pause at the hydration station set up in front of Reed College were Annie Noffsinger and Kylie Breeze. Although a few motorists were surprised to find streets closed near the course, despite considerable efforts by both the city and the neighborhoods involved to alert residents and motorists ahead of time, most seemed to take it good-naturedly. By 2 p.m. the event was over, and the streets were reopened. DAVID F. ASHTON - In Eastmoreland, "Cheer Portland", a nonprofit adult charitable cheerleading team for the Portland Metro area, provided water, comfort facilities, and energy ? urging the runners to keep on going, at Milepost 19.
Here's a brief BEE video, to give you a taste of the race – youtu.be/xf7TygyNExA


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