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Protecting Yourself Against Personal Injuries During Spring Marathon Season

Spring marathons in Portland provide the perfect opportunity to attend a relatively safe group activity and with COVID-19 case counts dropping, many organizers are busy promoting events. If you plan on participating, it is important to be aware of personal injury risks and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

Attending A Portland Marathon? Ways To Prepare

Spring marathon season kicks off in early April with the annual Hop Hop Half Marathon. A Portland tradition that allows participants to take in scenic views of Mount Hood while running alongside the Columbia River, this year’s event will be a hybrid due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.  Runners have the option of a half marathon or 5k and 10 k races, completed either on their own course or on those pre-designed by event organizers.  There is also a limited VIP chip-timed option. 

The event is the first of several marathons in Multnomah County that will be held over the course of April and May. There is also the Spring Classic Duathlon and the Cinco De Mayo Half Marathon to look forward to. However, before participating in these or other races, it is important to take a few steps to prepare. Active recommends the following: 

  • Find the right training plan to ensure you are ready physically and mentally;
  • Watch your diet and consider what fuel your body needs both before and after the race;
  • Set reasonable goals for yourself, both in training and completing the marathon;
  • Get the right shoes, clothing, and other equipment to ensure comfort and prevent injuries. 

Another important step in marathon preparation is to review the path you will be running, the rules set by event organizers, and any disclaimers you will be required to sign.  

When Personal Injuries Happen

There are a variety of ways personal injuries can happen during a marathon. In addition to pulled muscles or other injuries caused by overexertion, dangerous conditions on the course can increase your risks. Among the biggest hazards include uneven surfaces that contribute to slips or falls and heavy traffic, which can result in pedestrian accidents. 

When injuries happen due to the negligence of marathon organizers or others involved, you have the right to hold them accountable under the Oregon Revised Statutes. To protect your rights in filing a claim, take the following steps: 

  • If you have an accident or suspect an injury, immediately stop running;
  • Report the situation to event organizers, onsite security, or the local police;
  • Make sure that an accident report is filed, noting the exact time and place it occurred;
  • Seek medical care, regardless of the severity of symptoms you suffer. 

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

Marathon-related personal injuries can impact your health for years into the future. The Johnston Law Firm P.C. helps you get the compensation you need to recover in a claim. Call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland personal injury attorneys online and request a consultation today.


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.