Pearl District Neighborhood Association

The Portland Marathon presented by OHSU will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019. 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

After beginning the race Downtown at the intersection of Salmon St and Naito Pkwy, runners enter the Pearl District and begin a clockwise loop around the Pearl District and the Northwest District as shown in the map.The first wave of runners will enter the neighborhood briefly beginning at 7:15 a.m. before heading south on NW 8th Ave and NW Broadway and then using Alder St and Burnside St to travel west into the Northwest District.

After completing the route within the Northwest District, runners will reenter the Pearl District running east on NW Overton St and then south on NW 9th Ave. The route then loops around the US Postal Service building on NW Hoyt St before heading north on Broadway. Runners will cross the Broadway Bridge and do a loop around the Moda Center and then return to the Pearl District again using the Broadway Bridge. Lastly, the route leaves the Pearl District by turning off of Broadway onto NW Flanders St heading east.

Special Traffic Considerations In Your Neighborhood

It will not be possible to drive on or across NW Flanders St, NW 8th Ave, W Burnside St, NW Overton St, NW 9th Ave, NW Hoyt, or NW Broadway 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 9:45 a.m. depending on the location.

Vehicles needing to exit the Pearl District or cross any of the streets listed above between the hours of 7:10 and 9:45 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 Pearl 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 Pearl District open to vehicle traffic as an alternative to the 405 Freeway at that time.

The Broadway Bridge will be entirely closed to all vehicles (including Portland Streetcar) from 7:15-9:45 a.m. After 9:45 a.m. there will be no restrictions on use of the Broadway Bridge.

The Steel Bridge will remain open during the entire event, but vehicles entering Old Town from the east using the Steel Bridge will experience delays as they enter the neighborhood from 7:15-9:45 a.m.

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.

"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, October 5th, to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6th. 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:

  • NW Flanders St between NW 4th Ave and NW 8th Ave
  • NW 8th Ave between NW Flanders St and W Burnside St
  • W Burnside St between NW 4th Ave and NW 8th Ave
  • NW Overton St between NW 21st Ave and NW 9th Ave
  • NW 9th Ave between NW Overton St and NW Hoyt St
  • NW Hoyt St between NW 9th Ave and NW Broadway
  • NW Broadway between Broadway Bridge and NW Everett 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

OHSU 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 OHSU 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 info@portlandmarathon.com.

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

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