Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon

4.25 (2 reviews)
Banks High School, Banks, OR 97006
Banks Hs Banks Oregon 97106 US

Vernonia Marathon & Half Marathon
Location: Banks High School, Banks, OR
Date: Sunday, April 09, 2017
Time: Start times: Marathon 8:00 am; Half Marathon 9:00 am

Imagine running a beautiful, tree-lined course along the 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Both events feature a gentle 7-mile, 400-foot downhill into Banks. Pancake breakfast awaits all attendees. This Boston Marathon qualifier is run on a point-to-point course, with 23 miles closed to vehicular traffic.

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April 9, 2017 8:00 am
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Great first marathon
  • Melanie Rice reviewed 1 year ago
  • last edited 1 year ago

This was my first marathon and I thought it was a fantastic experience. The course had a slight uphill the first half, which made that slight downhill feel fantastic. I really missed the shade and scenic trees those last six miles, but overall I thought the course was great. My only complaint was that the last few aid stations were starting to run out of nutrition by the time I got to them (4 hour pace). I remember thinking how many snacks were at the first stations wishing I had grabbed some! But the volunteers were awesome!

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  • Amy
    Great review. Thanks, Melanie!
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Great, scenic and shady marathon
  • Mariah Jeffery reviewed 1 year ago
  • last edited 1 year ago

This was my first marathon in 2015. I loved that the course went uphill for the first half and downhill in the second. The course was very scenic and also very shady. The biggest issue I had was that I had memorized where the aid stations were supposed to be, and took my gel at mile 6 expecting an aid station at mile 7. It was actually at mile 8, and the volunteer handing me Gatoraid when I asked for water. Still, for the price it was an excellent value. The race was run very efficiently and the shuttles in the morning were on schedule and no hassle. The food afterward was great also. I will be doing the half this year.

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