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Marathon, half marathon returns to mountain communities in June for second year

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Corrine Murray of Portland took first place in the women's division of the half marathon last year with a time of 1:25:29:12. Last July, runners from all over the world came to speed down Mount Hood for the first REVEL Mt. Hood Marathon and Half Marathon.

The course spanned a route from Government Camp to the Sandy Trout Farm on Sylvan Road east of Sandy.

This year, the REVEL crew are preparing for a second event on Saturday, June 29, and with more runners signed up.

"We've already registered more runners than participated last year," noted Anna Ryan, REVEL director of events. The race series staff anticipates 2,000 runners will sign up. "We had great feedback from that race last year. We're excited to be there again."

Approximately 1,600 runners came out to compete in 2018 from as far away as Guatemala and nearby as Rhododendron. The race is not only a scenic bucket list item for running enthusiasts, but a Boston Marathon qualifying race.

Besides the success of the run last summer, REVEL staff noted the experience the Mount Hood area offers runners drew them back.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Volunteers from groups like Sandy's Helping Hands, the Hoodland Women's Club and the Mt. Hood Chamber of Commerce were among those helping out at the 2018 REVEL Mt. Hood Marathon. All are welcome to return. "We think the beauty that the course offers for our runners is exceptional," Ryan said.

This year, REVEL will offer more than just water at the Trout Farm finish line — a beer garden has been added.

Participants will run the same course as last year, with marathon runners starting at Timberline Lodge around 5 a.m. and half marathoners starting at Lolo Pass Road around 6 a.m.

Also like last year, the race staff is recruiting volunteers from local nonprofit groups to hand out water and medals and assist in other race-day tasks.

Any groups that participate with 10 or more volunteers receive a donation from the race series for their charity.

"We always love to give back to the communities we host events in," Ryan said. "We consider it a win-win."

For more information about the race or to sign up, visit www.runrevel.com/rmh. Volunteers should contact Coni Scott of the Mt. Hood Chamber of Commerce to sign up at 503-622-5754.

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