Creation, Cascadia, and Privilege

Finishing the Portland Marathon is exhilarating. That, and excruciating. The marathon’s first miles wind through downtown. Its route also carries runners out into industrial districts, along a stretch of Highway 30, and through some of the beautiful tree-lined streets of Northeast Portland. The last mile, on Naito Parkway, affords great views of the Willamette River and its riverside park—views that most exhausted runners probably don’t even see in their tunnel-visioned slog to the finish. For the past fifteen years, I have traversed this course every October, intent on taking in all the scenery, including the thousands of runners whose...

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