PORTLAND -- The 39th annual Portland Marathon starts Sunday at 7 a.m. and organizers are expecting it to be the largest in the city's history.
More volunteers and participants than ever will take part and officials told KGW several stories will unfold throughout the course of the event.
At mile 20, a couple will be getting married and 25 Army National Guard soldiers will run together, the Portland Marathon News Team said. A man with an estimated five months to live will be pushed in his wheelchair by family members, they added.
Portland Police Chief Mike Reese will run the half-marathon to raise money for the Mounted Patrol Unit. "Boston Billy" Rodgers, who has won four marathons in New York and Boston, will also be running the half-marathon.Drivers should expect several closures throughout the city during the marathon, including several off-ramps from I-5 and I-84, as well as one lane of the St. Johns Bridge.
TriMet says the MAX and 15 bus lines are expecting 10 to 15 minute delays throughout the morning.
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