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Women line up to win 39th Marathon

The Portland Marathon is touting its 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, race as the largest in its 39-year history - led by a strong contingent of women.

More than 12,000 marathoners have signed up to participate in the 26.2-mile race, including 59 percent of them being women. More than 3,000 people will participate in the marathon's first-ever half marathon, including 79 percent women.

The Portland Marathon holds the U.S. records for the highest percentage of women in mixed-coed marathons and half marathons. A 10-kilometer walk will include 400 participants, a kids fun run 125 runners.

In all, the field features participants from all 50 states and 21 countries.

In addition, there will be 74 bands and entertainers featured at 53 venues along the course. About 20,000 spectators are expected to attend the event, and 4,700 volunteers are working the event.

The marathon starts and ends in downtown, while winding over bridges, through Northwest, North Portland and the eastside.

Some major thoroughfares will be impacted from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., including closures or limitations to the Broadway, Morrison, Burnside and St. Johns bridges.

Because of street closures, citizens are encouraged to avoid Southwest Fourth Avenue and Southwest Third Avenue from Columbia to Taylor streets, Southwest Main and Southwest Madison from Third to Fourth and Southwest Salmon from Naito Parkway to Fifth.

For more information, go to portlandmarathon.org.

- Jason Vondersmith