Downtown Neighborhood Association

The Portland Marathon will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2024. The static map shows the race route in and around your neighborhood. Continue to scroll down to see an interactive map of the entire route. As a rule of thumb it will not be possible to drive on, or drive across, the streets used for the race until the last runner has passed the location and the traffic control devices have been removed. Vehicles will be turned away one block prior to reaching the race route.

Route Description In Your Neighborhood

The race begins at Salmon St and Naito Pkwy. Runners travel west on Salmon St and then turn right (north) onto 4th Ave. After running through Old Town Chinatown, the course re-enters Downtown running south on Broadway. Runners leave Downtown by heading west on Alder St towards the Northwest District. They eventually return to Downtown twice more, both times running south on Naito. The finish line is located at the same place as the start line on Salmon St and Naito.

Special Traffic Considerations In Your Neighborhood

The Waterfront Park will be used as the pre-race staging area as well as the post-race festival venue. To facilitate set-up activities, Salmon St will be entirely closed between Naito and 1st Ave beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Additionally, the northbound lanes of Naito will be closed between the Hawthorne Bridge and Taylor St beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, and the southbound lanes in the same location will be closed beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Westbound traffic flow exiting the Hawthorne Bridge onto SW Main will be temporarily closed from 7:10-7:25 a.m. for the start of the race. The best way to enter Downtown if arriving from the east anytime before 8:00 a.m. will be to use the I-5 Freeway (Marquam Bridge) and use the 4th Ave exit (1B). The Marquam Bridge (entrance via SE 5th Ave) is also the best way to exit Downtown if heading east during the same time.

The Burnside Bridge will always maintain one eastbound lane and one westbound lane open during the entire event, but vehicles traveling west up Burnside from the Bridge will experience delays from 7:00-8:00 a.m., including a complete temporary closure of Burnside from 7:10-7:30 a.m. The Morrison Bridge will remain completely open for the duration of the event; however, vehicles entering Downtown from the east via the Morrison Bridge will experience delays maneuvering in that area from 7:10-7:45 a.m.

It will not be possible to cross SW 4th Ave traveling east/west anywhere north of Salmon St until 7:45 a.m. Similarly, it will not be possible to cross Broadway traveling east/west anywhere north of Alder until 8:00 a.m. Finally, it will not be possible to cross Alder traveling north/south anywhere west of Broadway until 8:00 a.m.

SW 1st Ave between Clay and Arthur will be closed to cross-traffic from 7:10-10:00 a.m.

Naito Pkwy will be completely inaccessible to all traffic between SW Barbur Blvd and NW Davis St from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. After 10:00 a.m. Naito Pkwy will be accessible between SW Barbur Blvd and SW Jefferson St, but it will not be accessible from SW Jefferson St to NW Davis St until 5:00 p.m.

South Waterfront

Those needing to enter and/or exit the South Waterfront during the event will NOT be able to do so by using SW Market St, SW Harbor Dr, SW Harrison St, or SW Kelly Ave to connect onto Naito Pkwy. There will be no access onto Naito Pkwy from the South Waterfront. They should instead plan to exclusively use the interstate.

Those needing to exit the South Waterfront during the event should do so by using northbound Macadam to access I-5, I-84, or US 26.

Those needing to enter the South Waterfront during the event should do as follows:

  • From eastbound I-405: Exit 1C towards Ross Island Bridge, continue on Broadway, SW 5th Ave, SW Sheridan St, SW 3rd Ave, SW Arthur St, SW Kelly Ave, SW Hood Ave (Hwy 43), to SW Bancroft.

  • From southbound I-5: Exit 299A towards Hwy 43, continue on SW Hood Ave to SW Bancroft.

  • From westbound US 26 (Ross Island Bridge): Keep right towards Salem / Lake Oswego, continue south on SW Hood Ave to SW Bancroft.

  • From northbound I-5: Do NOT take exit 298 to Corbett Ave. Instead take exit 299A towards Macadam Ave and continue north on Macadam Ave, follow signs to Ross Island Bridge, continue south on Hood Ave (Hwy 43) to Bancroft.

"No Parking" Streets & Driveway Access Along Route

The interactive map below shows the entire race route. Zoom in to see the exact streets that will be used for the race. All streets that are used for the actual race will be posted "No Parking" from 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. If your home or business is located on the actual race route, please note that any vehicles parked on the street during the indicated hours will be courtesy towed. Towed vehicles will be taken to the closest possible street that is not posted as No Parking.

"No Parking" enforcement will also be in effect in instances where one-way streets run into the street used for the actual race. If your home or business is located on a one-way street that intersects the race route, you will not be able to park your vehicle within one block of the race route from 2:00 p.m. on Saturday to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. If your car is towed, please call 503-823-0044.

Because it will not be permissible to drive on the streets used for the race while runners are present, residents and businesses whose driveways access the race route will not be able to pull their vehicles into/out of their driveways during the closures; they should instead plan to park their vehicles on a nearby street that is not located on the race route. In your neighborhood, the streets that will be used for the race and will therefore be posted "No Parking" and inaccessible to resident and business driveways are:

  • SW Salmon St between Naito Pkwy and SW 4th Ave
  • 4th Ave between SW Salmon St and NW Flanders St
  • Broadway between W Burnside St and SW Alder St
  • SW Alder St between Broadway and W Burnside St
  • SW 1st Ave between SW Salmon St and SW Arthur St
  • Naito Pkwy between NW Davis St and SW Arthur St

Vehicles approaching these streets will be stopped and turned around one block prior to reaching the street until the course has been cleared of runners and re-opened.

Interactive Map

Neighborhood Cheer Challenge

Does your neighborhood association want to get involved with the marathon and make some money? All neighborhood associations (including those that are not on the actual race route) are invited to participate in the Neighborhood Cheer Challenge. Here's how it works: If your association decides to participate, you will be assigned a spot on the race course to take over and demonstrate your neighborhood's personality. You are encouraged to bring signs, play music, decorate, and most importantly CHEER on the runners and help them have an unforgettable experience.

After the race, runners will vote on their favorite groups and the top five neighborhood associations will win $500 each, with the first place group taking home the grand prize of $1,000. There is no limit or requirement on the number of people who need to participate, and there is no fee to participate. To sign up your neighborhood, email us at

For questions regarding the City's administration of this permit, please contact Allison Madsen at or 503-865-2482.