City chooses new organizer for Portland Marathon

City chooses new organizer for Portland Marathon

The city of Portland has picked race producer Brooksee as the new organizer for the Portland Marathon, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Wednesday.

Selection of the Highland, Utah-based company follows months of tumult over the future of the race.

Oregon Department of Justice investigators opened an inquiry into the race organizers last spring and ultimately concluded the marathon’s former director, Les Smith, illegally borrowed more than $865,000 from its nonprofit parent company.

The 2018 race was canceled and then rescheduled with new organizers who had only months to prepare. More than 3,000 participants eventually ran in the event labeled “Portlandathon.”

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