Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon — Sunday, April 12, 2015
Marathoners (runners and walkers) start at 8 a.m.
Half marathoners (runners and walkers) start at 9 a.m.
The course closes at 3 p.m. (7 hours).
What's New for 2015
The half mararthon will start inside Stub Stewart State Park and cover the bottom half of the trail, finishing on the BHS track as the marathon does. The new start times are 8 a.m. for the full and 9 a.m. for the half marathon. There will be an additional aid station at the Banks Trailhead (Mile 25/12).
The 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 and 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 2:30 p.m. they will be pulled from the course.
Download the trail map and Download the course map – This course is USATF certified, and is a Boston qualifier.
The 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 on an abandoned railroad bed. The course is uphill for the first mile, 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 and 12. There will be water, Gatorade, Gu, and sweet and salty snacks at each aid station.
Download the trail map and Download the course map
Registration and Fees
Online registration closes 48 hours before the start of the race. Mail-in registration must be post-marked by April 6, 2015. Make checks payable to ORRC and send to: ORRC Vernonia (Half) Marathon, P.O. Box 1035, Forest Grove OR 97116.
UNTIL 12-31-14: ORRC Member $50, Non-ORRC Member $55.
AFTER 1-1-15: ORRC Member $60, Non-ORRC Member $65.
DAY OF RACE: $80
HALF MARATHON FEES:
ORRC Member $27, Non-ORRC Member $32.
DAY OF RACE: $40.
T-SHIRT is $20 extra (not included in registration fee)
No ORRC discount day of race. Day of Race Registration starts at 6 a.m. Registration is non-refundable. Register early to save money and guarantee a T-Shirt.
Buses and Bags
Where to Cheer
The race is point-to-point. Participants will park in Banks and be bussed to their respective starts. Park at Banks Junior High School, at Sunset Speedway Park, at Banks Elementary, or on city streets. The first bus for the marathon leaves Banks JHS at 6:15 a.m. and the last bus to Vernonia (the marathon start) leaves at 7 a.m. The first bus for the half marathon leaves at 7 a.m. and the last bus to Stub Stewart (the half start) leaves at 8 a.m. If you miss the last bus you are responsible for getting yourself to the start. 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. Drop bags will be provided at the start areas and brought to the finish line. Lost and found items will be brought to BJHS. 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. Transportation will be provided as needed.
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).
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.
A limited edition long sleeve Dri-release T-shirt is available. Only pre-registered participants are guaranteed 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 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, baked potatoes, beverages, and snacks will be at Banks Junior High School after the race. The awards ceremonies and random prize raffles (running gear and pies) will be at 12:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Showers will be available for free. Bring your own towel.
RRCA Regional and State Championships
The marathon and half marathon are the 2015 RRCA State Championships for Oregon. RRCA awards will be given to top male and female finishers in open, masters, grandmasters, and super masters divisions.
- This race is chip timed. Be sure to cross the mats at the start and the finish.
- We now have an app for your race results! This year we have the ability to see your results after the race in a mobile application for Android and iPhone devices! The application is called Bibs, and the Bibs app can be downloaded from the Apple Store and/or Google Store… and, Bibs is sponsoring our event so the app is free! You can also view the course map and details and share your race results on Facebook, email, and text… all within the Bibs app! If you are at the Vernonia Marathon as a friend or loved one, you can download the app as well. Download the Bibs app and search for their Bib number shortly after the race! Don’t forget to download Bibs before the race.
- Results will be available online after the race and in the Oregon Distance Runner magazine.
Early packet pickup is available at Banks Junior High School (12850 NW Main Street, Banks OR 97106) on Saturday, April 11 is from 4 to 7 p.m. Race day pickup and day of race registration are from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at BJHS. Unclaimed bibs will be brought to Cedar Ridge or Stub Stewart as appropriate.
- 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, the 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 from running this event.
- The trail is open other runners, walkers and bicyclists, so please be mindful of others on the trail to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.
If you can help, please contact Race Director Mark Barrett at Mbarretts@aol.com or 503-821-9577.