South Portland Neighborhood Association

The Portland Marathon will take place on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. 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 across the streets used for the race until the last runner has passed the location and the traffic control devices have been removed.

Route Description In Your Neighborhood

Runners enter South Portland by running south on SW 1st Ave and SW Naito Pkwy. From Naito, runners will use the entrance of Ross Island Way to cut underneath Naito but exit onto SW Kelly Ave just before reaching the bridge. The route then travels south on Kelly Ave and uses SW Curry St to connect onto SW Hood Ave. Continuing south on SW Hood Ave the route crosses underneath the I-5 freeway and turns into SW Macadam Ave. Runners remain southbound on SW Macadam Ave until using the Sellwood Bridge to cross into Sellwood-Moreland.

Lane Usage: As runners come off of Ross Island Way onto SW Kelly Ave they will only occupy the southbound lane; the northbound lane of SW Kelly Ave will remain open to allow access to the Ross Island Bridge. As runners continue onto SW Macadam Ave they will only occupy one of the southbound lanes (the lane on the far west side of the road); the other southbound lane will remain open for southbound traffic.

Special Traffic Considerations In Your Neighborhood

It will not be possible to cross the race route during the time when runners are present on the course. In South Portland the restriction on crossing the race route will begin at 7:10 a.m. The expected timeline for the last runner to pass the following locations and have the streets opened to regular traffic is as follows:

South Waterfront: 10:15 a.m.

Macadam & Iowa (near Starbucks): 10:30 a.m.

Sellwood Bridge: 10:45 a.m.

In general it will be best to avoid using SW Macadam Ave to travel south during the hours listed above. SW Barbur Blvd should be used as an alternate whenever possible.

Residents who live east of the I-5 freeway but west of SW Macadam Ave should use SW Corbett Ave to enter and exit their neighborhood via SW Barbur Blvd or SW Taylors Ferry Rd. They will NOT be able to enter or exit the neighborhood using SW Macadam Ave because that would require them to cross the route of the runners.

From 7:10 to 10:45 a.m. vehicles approaching the Sellwood Bridge from the north (driving south on Macadam) will not be able to access the bridge to head eastbound over the bridge. Vehicles approaching the Sellwood Bridge from the south (driving north on Macadam) will be able to access the bridge to head eastbound over the bridge. No vehicles will be allowed to travel westbound across the Sellwood Bridge from Sellwood into South Portland from 7:10 to 10:45 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 - Including anywhere east of SW Macadam Ave

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, Sept. 30 to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1. 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.

Residents and businesses whose driveways access the actual 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 Kelly Ave between Ross Island Bridge and SW Curry St
  • SW Curry St between SW Kelly St and SW Hood Ave
  • SW Hood Ave between SW Curry St and SW Macadam Ave
  • SW Macadam Ave between SW Bancroft St and Sellwood Bridge (southbound side)

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.