Northwest District 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

Marathon runners will perform a clockwise loop around the Northwest District near the very beginning of the race. The route travels west up Alder St and then continues west on Burnside St. From Burnside, runners will turn north onto NW 23rd Ave until NW Kearney St. The course takes a brief jog west on Kearney St before turning right to head north again on NW 24th Ave. Runners continue on NW 24th Ave until NW Thurman St, where they will turn right and head east. The route next turns right to head south down NW 21st Ave until reaching NW Overton St. Runners head east on NW Overton St all the way out of the Northwest District and into the Pearl.

Special Traffic Considerations In Your Neighborhood

It will not be possible to drive on or across Burnside St, NW 23rd Ave, NW Kearney St, NW 24th Ave, NW Thurman St, NW 21st Ave, or NW Overton St on the portions of those roads used by the race (please refer to the map) beginning at 7:10 a.m. and lasting as late as 8:30 a.m. depending on the location.

Vehicles needing to exit the Northwest District or cross any of the streets listed above between the hours of 7:10 and 8:30 a.m. are advised to do so via the 405 freeway. On-ramps to the 405 North freeway on Glisan St and Couch St will remain open and unobstructed during the entire event. The on-ramp to the 405 South freeway on NW 16th Ave / Everett St will similarly remain open and unobstructed during the entire event.

Vehicles needing to enter the Northwest District from anywhere outside the boundary created by the race route between the hours of 7:10 and 8:30 a.m. are advised to do so via the 405 freeway. 405 Southbound exits 2A and 2B (onto Glisan/Everett and Couch/Burnside), as well as 405 Northbound exit 2B onto Glisan/Everett will all remain open and unobstructed during the entire event.

All runners should be clear of Burnside St by 8:10 a.m., making the south side of the Northwest District open to vehicle traffic as an alternative to the 405 Freeway at that time.

"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:

  • W Burnside St between SW Alder St and NW 23rd Ave
  • NW 23rd Ave between W Burnside St and NW Kearney St
  • NW Kearney St between NW 23rd Ave and NW 24th Ave
  • NW 24th Ave between NW Kearney St and NW Thurman St
  • NW Thurman St between NW 24th Ave NW 21st Ave
  • NW 21st Ave between NW Thurman St and NW Overton St
  • NW Overton St between NW 21st Ave and NW 9th Ave

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.