Runners hail from 13 states, three countries

There's never been a marathon in Boring before, but director Mike Strobel hopes one set for Sunday, Sept. 14 will become a tradition. Strobel, a runner who in January completed his goal of running marathons in all 50 states, said he's holding the marathon to benefit track programs at Barlow High and West Orient Middle schools.

“I wanted to do something to give back to the community and this is entirely a fundraiser,” Strobel said.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MIKE STROBEL - Marathon runner Mike Strobel is director of the inaugural Boring Marathon set for Sept. 14.But it’s more than a marathon. There will actually be three races, including the Boring Marathon, Half-Boring Half-Marathon and the Near Boring 8K race. All the races will start at Barlow High. The marathon follows a route through Boring down the Springwater Corridor Trail and back again to the school. The Half-Boring Half-Marathon goes halfway into Boring, “so it is only running half of Boring,” Strobel said. The Near Boring 8K doesn’t actually run to Boring, just near the town, hence the name.

Walkers are welcome in all events and can register as early as 6 a.m. at Barlow High. The route will be open to traffic so walkers should wear something reflective and/or lights and be mindful of traffic. Some clip-on flashing lights will be provided.

Each race is open to 300 participants, Strobel said, and he already has entrants from three countries and 13 states. Participants can register at For route details, go to Close to 200 people have registered so far, he said.

“Boston qualifer? Yeah, right,” Strobel wrote on the website. “We don’t try to be Boston or New York, we are Boring. But who knows, maybe five years from now they will rank other races as Boring qualifiers.”

The routes will follow country roads and the southbound lane of 302nd Avenue between the two schools will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of the race. Runners are expected to obey traffic laws and run on the shoulder, single file.

Participants must sign up by Sept. 1 to receive a Boring Marathon T-shirt and there will be awards for top places in each age group.

The marathon course, sanctioned by the USA Track & Field organization according to the Boring Marathon website, heads south from Barlow High to West Orient Middle School, then east on Orient Road, turning right on Highway 212, passing over U.S. Highway 26 and then into Boring.

Strobel said he started running marathons when he was in college. His sons Spencer, 16, and Hunter, 14, both run track and cross-country at Barlow High and daughter Emma, 12, is a sprinter at West Orient.

“In this day and age we have to find other ways to find money for sports teams,” he said. “There’s always things like candy sales but this is a good way to raise dollars and build future runners.”

Volunteers and sponsors are still needed for the races, Strobel said. To learn more, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The races will be “professionally chip timed” by Huber Timing and results will be available during and after the races at

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