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Once again for a Sunday, Inner Southeast Portland residents cleared the streets for runners in the Portland Marathon

COURTESY OF JIM WYGANT - Derek Collier jogs up S.E. Reed College Place; he placed 757th out of 1,744 runners.The running of the 2022 Portland Marathon on Sunday, October 2, again took all participants across the Sellwood Bridge, and through Sellwood, Westmoreland, and Brooklyn.

Those running the full marathon took a detour loop through Eastmoreland and the Reed neighborhood.

ERIC NORBERG - Spotted on S.E. Harold Street during this years Portland Marathon, running the wrong way for a couple of blocks - was Paul Balmer (far left), but it didnt stop him from coming in second at the end of the race, out of 2,883 runners. His wrong-way partner here, Peter Bromka, apparently dropped out by Milepost 14.7. After starting out at the intersection of S.W. Naito Parkway and Salmon Street at Waterfront Park, runners circled downtown Portland before heading down South Macadam Parkway. Turning east on the Sellwood Bridge, participants started streaming into our neighborhoods about 7:45 a.m. that morning.

Residents along streets on the marathon's route were aware of the event; those living along the route had received postcards informing that their roadway would not only be closed to vehicle traffic during the race — but also that their street was a "Tow-Away Zone" for any vehicles left parked there from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday!

The route for participants:

· North on S.E. 7th Avenue, passing the Sellwood Pool and Sellwood Park

· Around Oaks Bottom Bluff on Sellwood Boulevard

· East on S.E. Bybee Boulevard

· South on S.E. 19th Avenue

· East, one block, on S.E. Spokane Street

· North on S.E. 21st Avenue

· East, one block, on S.E. Lambert Street

· North on S.E. 22nd Avenue alongside Westmoreland Park

COURTESY OF JIM WYGANT - Taking a breather, walking north on S.E. Reed College Place was Halle Higgins, who came in 577th out of 1,114 female runners. At S.E. Bybee Boulevard, the Full Marathon runners turned east over the Bybee Bridge for a loop through Eastmoreland, where they were met by neighbors cheering them on as they traveled north on Reed College Place. They ran through the Reed College campus, and past the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, before looping back across the bridge  where they rejoined half-marathoners continuing north on S.E. 22nd Avenue.

Runners then sent west along S.E. Reedway Street for three blocks to Milwaukie Avenue, although the full marathon runners were directed a block east to 20th and then two blocks north to S.E. Harold Street, where they also turned west.

ERIC NORBERG - Along S. E. Harold Street, Portland Marathon runners headed west to S. E. Milwaukie Boulevard. Runners then went north on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, jogging through the Brooklyn neighborhood, and past the Ross Island Bridge, before connecting with the Eastbank Esplanade path northbound.

By early afternoon, the excitement along the streets was over, as this year's Portland Marathon concluded downtown.


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