Run With Paula event firm selected to produce 2018 Portland Marathon

FILE - Portland Marathon, KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – City officials selected Run With Paula Events to organize the 2018 Portland Marathon Friday morning.

After the previous company that put on the marathon, Next Events, announced they were disbanded, the city has been searching for a new event producer.

Run With Paula is an event firm owned by Paula and Dave Harkin. They’ve created successful distance-running events in the Portland area in the past, including the Hippie Chick and Helvetia half marathons in Washington County.

The couple also owns Portland Running Co.

“I believe our great city deserves an equally great race," Paula Harkin said in a release. "Fall just would not be the same without a marathon in Portland.”

Run With Paula wasn’t the only event firm interested in producing the marathon. Interested applicants answered seven questions that assessed their experience, organization, and financial resources.

Run With Paula Events was the only organizer to meet all the criteria for the 2018 event.

The race will not be city-owned or sponsored. It will take place on Oct. 7, 2018.

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