Southwest Hills Residential League

The Portland Marathon will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2024. The static map shows the race route in the proximity of 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

Although the actual race route does not enter Southwest Hills, it will impact nearby streets. Runners begin the race Downtown and do loops around Downtown, Old Town, Northwest District, Lloyd District, and Pearl District before using Naito and SW Macadam Ave to travel south through South Portland and cross the Sellwood Bridge into Sellwood-Moreland. Runners eventually make their way north and cross the Burnside Bridge to finish the race in Downtown.

Special Traffic Considerations In Your Neighborhood

It will not be possible to travel on or across W Burnside St anywhere east of NW 23rd Ave between the hours of 7:10 and 8:15 a.m. Southwest Hills residents who need to travel from their neighborhood north into the Northwest District, Pearl District, or Old Town Chinatown will need to do so by using the northbound 405 Freeway rather than surface streets.

Those planning to enter Downtown should be advised that significant delays are expected from 7:10 to 8:15 a.m. for the start of the race. Additionally, Naito Pkwy between the Ross Island Bridge and the Steel Bridge will have significant delays and/or closures for the majority of the day.

It will not be possible to drive on or across SW 1st Ave between SW Clay St and SW Arthur St from 7:10 to 9:45 a.m. It will not be possible to access or cross Naito Pkwy from the west anywhere between SW Clay St and the Ross Island Bridge from 7:10 to 10:00 a.m. It will not be possible to access or cross SW Hood Ave from the west anywhere between SW Curry St and SW Macadam Ave between the hours of 7:10 and 10:15 a.m. It will also not be possible to access or cross SW Macadam Ave from the west anywhere between the South Waterfront and the Sellwood Bridge between the hours of 7:10 and 10:45 a.m.

Southwest Hills residents are encouraged to remain south of the 405 Freeway and use the Marquam or Ross Island Bridges (as opposed to other bridges such as the Hawthorne or Sellwood) on their way to/from the east side from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.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.

Entire Race Route

The interactive map below shows the entire race route. Zoom in to see the exact streets that will be used for the race. If you plan to travel into or through any neighborhoods near the race route between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, please take a moment to read the detailed traffic control description for that neighborhood by returning to the main Traffic page and selecting the neighborhood in question.

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.