Judging for the category is based on the quality and organization of the event following a personal visit by staff of the publication. Other factors include the community involvement aspects of the event, its staff, customer service and swag given to the participants as well as the marathon's city as a destination point.
"Being named the third year is a great thrill for our hard working Event Committee,” said Les Smith, Event Director of The Portland Marathon. “We are committed to hosting the best community event possible. This includes helping our local charities, school activities and school team projects. To be equated to the other great marathons named is truly a high honor."
The Portland Marathon is a non-profit running and walking event that produces Portland's largest three-day "convention." The event has a positive $25 million economic impact to the Portland area. Proceeds from the Portland Marathon go to help local schools, charities and non-profits.
October 7, 2012 will mark the 41st Annual Portland Marathon. The event features 85 entertainment groups at 53 locations along the course. Currently, the event’s Half Marathon is sold out and the full marathon is selling quickly. The events of the Portland Marathon have over 15,000 registered participants from all 50 States, and is produced with the help of over 4,700 volunteers.
The Event has been called the "best-organized marathon in North America" and has received national attention for being one of the first eco-friendly, "green" marathons.
For more information on the Portland Marathon, visit www.portlandmarathon.org.