PORTLAND --Thousands of people will be running and walking through the Rose City in the Portland Marathon this weekend.
One Vancouver man has already tackled a big hurdle just to get there. Rodney Granderson says he's running every other day to prepare for this.
On Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Granderson is smiling, racing and training for this year's Portland Marathon.
He started running two years ago. His doctor told him had high blood pressure and cholesterol. As a father of three, he decided he needed to make a change.
“My goal is just to be healthy,” Granderson said.
He started working out every day, lost 100 pounds and went from a size 44 to 34. For Granderson, the Portland Marathon will be his fifth marathon this year.
“(My daughters) think daddy is kind of crazy. I have a 3-year-old, 5-year-old and 10-year-old and they’ll be future runners as well. They like to see daddy come through the finish line,” Granderson said.
Granderson is one of 16,000 runners, joggers and walkers aiming to hit that finish line this Sunday. The Oregon Sports Authority's Drew Mahalic says people from all 50 states and 7 countries will be here to run in the Rose City.
“It’s just great stories and the marathon itself is recognized as Portland’s equivalent of the largest convention annually in Portland each year,” Mahalic said.
This weekend's weather is slated to be picture perfect for a marathon.
“You can’t find better weather than Portland in October to run a marathon. It’s warm enough that you’re not going to be too cold but not so warm where you’ll be dehydrated, it’ll be perfect,” Mahalic added.
Granderson hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon in two years.
“There was a day when I thought I couldn’t run and start out with a 5K, then a 10K then a half marathon then a marathon and went further than that, I mean you just got to take the first step,” Granderson said.
The Portland Marathon starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7th.