Location: Banks, OR US 97106 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk
Events
Event Time Price Details
ORRC Vernonia Marathon
Time
8:00AM PDT - 3:00PM PDT
N/A
ORRC Vernonia Half Marathon
Time
9:00AM PDT - 3:00PM PDT
N/A
Place
12850 NW Main Street
Banks, OR US 97106
Description

Run along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a paved rails-to-trails course through scenic woods and fields.

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Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Marathon Course

The marathon starts at Cedar Ridge Retreat Center in Vernonia, goes around the lake, and proceeds onto the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, and finishes at Banks High School on the track. Most of the course runs along the paved trail, through scenic woods on an abandoned railroad bed. The course is mostly flat, with a gradual uphill from Miles 9 to 13 and downhill from Mile 14 to 21, where it is flat to the finish. The trail crosses several roads, but is otherwise closed to traffic; traffic control will be provided. Aid stations and potties at Miles 2, 4, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15.5, 19, 21.5, 23, 25. There will be water, Gatorade, Gu, plus sweet and salty snacks at each aid station. If marathoners are unable to reach the aid station at Crossman Road (Mile 23) by 2:30pm they will be pulled from the course.
For a map of the trail, go to www.oregonstateparks.org/park_145.php.
For a map of the course go to www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=494882.
This course is USATF certified, and is a Boston qualifier.

Half Marathon Course

The half marathon starts inside Stub Stewart State Park at Hilltop and joins the Banks-Vernonia State Trail at Mile 2, and finishes at Banks High School on the track. Most of the course runs along the paved trail, through scenic woods/fields on an abandoned railroad bed. The course is uphill for the first mile, gradual downhill until mile 7 and flat to the finish. The trail crosses several roads, but is otherwise closed to traffic; traffic control will be provided. Aid stations and potties at Miles 2, 5.5, 8,10.5, 12. There will be water, Gatorade, Gu, and sweet and salty snacks at each aid station.
For a map of the trail, go to www.oregonstateparks.org/park_145.php.
For a map of the course go to http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/486138268

 

 

Registration and Fees

Online registration is at www.runsignup.com and closes 48 hours before the start of the race.

MARATHON FEES UNTIL 12-31-16: ORRC Member $65, Non-ORRC Member $75. MARATHON FEES AFTER 1-1-17: ORRC Member $70, Non-ORRC Member $80.
MARATHON FEE DAY OF RACE: $90
HALF MARATHON FEES: ORRC Member $45, Non-ORRC Member $55.
HALF MARATHON FEE DAY OF RACE: $60.

SLING BACKPACK is INCLUDED in the registration fee, but limited to the first 750 registrants.

No ORRC discount day of race. Day of Race Registration starts at 6:00am. Registration is non-refundable. Register early to save money!

 

A limited edition sling backpack is included in the registration fee. Only the first 750 pre-registered participants are guaranteed a backpack. Day of race entrants get backpacks as quantities last. Register early to get yours!

 

Buses and Parking

The race is point-to-point. Most participants will park in Banks and be bussed to their respective starts. Park at Banks Middle School, at Sunset Speedway Park, at Banks Elementary, or on city streets. The first bus for the marathon leaves Banks MS/HS at 6:15am and the last bus to Vernonia (the marathon start) leaves at 7:00am. The first bus for the half marathon leaves at 7:00am and the last bus to Stub Stewart (the half start) leaves at 8:00am. If you miss the last bus you are responsible for getting yourself to the start. Parking at the start areas is permitted, but limited. You may have someone drop you at the start, but you need to either pick up your bib/chip in Banks, or at the start line just before the starting time.

Awards & Post Race Refreshments

Plaques to the overall male and female winners and the overall male and female masters winners. The top five finishers in each five year age group will earn ribbons. The walk is noncompetitive. Awards will not be mailed. All finishers will receive a medal. Hot soup, beverages, and snacks will be at Banks Middle School cafeteria after the race. The awards ceremonies and random prize raffles (running gear and pies) will be at about 12:00 noon and at 1:30pm. Showers will be available for free. Bring your own towel.

Results/Timing

This race is chip timed. Be sure to cross the mats at the start and the finish. Results will be available at www.orrc.net

Early Packet Pick-up

Early packet pickup is available at Banks Middle School (12850 NW Main Street, Banks OR 97106) on Saturday April 8th from 3pm to 6pm. Race day pickup and day of race registration are from 6:00am to 8:00am at BMS. Unclaimed bibs will be brought to Cedar Ridge or Stub Stewart start areas as appropriate.

Headphones/Strollers/Dogs/Age Limit/Bicycles

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, ORRC encourages a headphone-free environment. Strollers, baby joggers or similar devices are permitted, but should start in the back of the pack. Dogs are not permitted. We discourage anyone younger than 15 to run in this event. The trail is open to other runners, walkers and bicyclists, so please be mindful of others on the trail to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Where to Stay

Vernonia has several Bed & Breakfasts. Banks has no motels. Forest Grove, just seven miles from Banks, has several motels and B&Bs. Hillsboro, just ten miles from Banks, also has several motels. You can Google this information, or contact the race director and he will send you a list.

Where to Cheer

Friends and family who want to cheer their runner/walker can access the course at the trailheads. Download a map of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail for details. There is limited parking at Cedar Ridge (marathon start) and Stub Stewart (the half marathon start). There are bleachers and limited parking at the Banks HS track (where both races finish).

Volunteers

If you can help as an individual or as a group, please contact Race Director Mark Barrett at Mbarretts@aol.com or 503-821-9577.