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Runners start at 9:30am and walkers start at 8:30am. The marathon course closes at 3:30pm (7 hours), and the half marathon at 12:30 (4 hours) so be sure you can finish in the time allowed. The early start is ONLY for walkers and runners who need extra time.
Both races begin at Cedar Ridge Retreat Center in Vernonia, go around the lake, proceed onto the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. The half finishes at the Tophill Trailhead and the full finishes on the Banks High School track. Most of the course runs on the paved trail through scenic woods.The trail is mostly flat with a gradual uphill from miles 9 to 13. The trail crosses several roads, but is otherwise closed to traffic. Aid stations and potties at Miles 2, 4, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15.5, 19, 21.5, 23.
For a map of the trail, go to www.oregonstateparks.org/park_145.php. For a map of the course go to http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=494882. This course is USATF certified (a Boston qualifier).
There will be sweepers on the course to check for injuries and direct people to the nearest trailhead if they are hurt or unable to finish in the time allowed. Half marathoners will finish near Tophill Trailhead and be bused back to Banks. Drop bags will be provided. The last bus leaves Tophill at 1:00pm. Marathon course closes at 3:30pm. If you are unable to reach the last aid station at Crossman Road (Mile 23.5) by 3:00 you will be pulled from the course and transported to BHS.
The race is point-to-point. Participants will park in Banks and be bused to the start. The first bus leaves Banks JHS at 7am and the last bus from Banks to Vernonia will leave at 8:30am. If you miss the last bus you are responsible for getting yourself to the start. Half marathoners will finish near Tophill Trailhead and be bused back to Banks. Drop bags will be provided. The last bus leaves Tophill at 1:00pm.
Marathon entrants can save by registering by Jan 1, 2013. Fees go up for all on day of race. No ORRC discount day of race. DOR registration starts at 7:00am. Register early and save! Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable. Online registration closes 48 hours before the race. Mail registration must be postmarked by 4-7-13. Make checks payable to ORRC Vernonia Marathon, PO Box 1035, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
Packet pick-up is available at Banks Junior High School (450 S. Main St) on Saturday April 13th from 4 to 7pm and on race day from 6:30am to 8:15am.
A limited edition long sleeve Dri-Release T-shirt is available. Be sure to indicate whether you want a men's or women's shirt. Only pre-registered participants are guarenteed a shirt. Day of race entrants get shirts as quantities last. Register early to get yours!
Plaques to the overall male and female winners, and to the overall male and female masters winners. The top five finishers in each five year age group will earn ribbons. The walk is non-competitive. Awards will not be mailed. All finishers will receive a medal. Hot soup, beverages and a random prize drawing will be at Banks Junior High School after the race. The awards ceremonies will be at 12:30 and 2:30pm. Showers will be available for free.
RRCA State Championship:
These races are RRCA State Championship races. Additional awards will be given to top male and female finishers in open, masters and super masters divisions.
MARATHON UNTIL 1-1-13: ORRC Member no shirt $50. ORRC Member with shirt $70. Non-ORRC member no shirt $55. Non-ORRC member with shirt $75. MARATHON AFTER 1-1-13: ORRC Member no shirt $60. ORRC Member with shirt $80. Non-ORRC member no shirt $65. Non-ORRC member with shirt $85. DAY OF RACE $80 no shirt & $100 with shirt. HALF MARATHON: ORRC Member no shirt $22. ORRC Member with shirt $42. Non-ORRC member no shirt $27. Non-ORRC member with shirt $47. DAY OF RACE $40 no shirt & $60 with shirt.
This race is chip timed. Results will be available at the finish, published in the Oregon Distance Runner magazine and posted at www.orrc.net and www.nspirelive.com.
Directions: From Portland, take Highway 26 west to the Highway 6 exit to Banks. Go north into Banks to Banks High School (450 S. Main St, Banks, OR 97106). Carpooling is encouraged!
There is ample parking at Banks High School and Elementary School, on city streets and at Sunset Speedway. There is ample parking at Cedar Ridge. There is limited parking at the various trailheads and official vehicles will get priority. Do NOT park in designated No Parking areas in the school lot as the buses need sufficient room to drive through.
If you can help, please contact Mark Barrett (Race Director) at 503-821-9577 or MBarretts@aol.com
There are several motels in Forest Grove, just 7 miles from Banks. In Vernonia there is the Rock Creek Bed & Breakfast, 503-429-2503 and The Old Mill House, 503-429-0952.
Join ORRC Today
This event is open to all runners and walkers. but youcan save money by joining ORRC. You save on entry fees ($5 per event), plus get great benefits by joining the club. You will receive the Oregon Distance Runner magazine, get discounts at local running stores, join others for training runs and more. Pay an additional fee of $30 (individual) or $40 (family) for membership.