Nope! Not those runs. We’re not talking about Montezuma’s Revenge, Republicitis or some other foul disease. What happens when the marathon and the 99% need the same space at the same time? In many cities, the conflict could be unpleasant, but not in Portland, OR. The demonstrators, runners and police cooperated to share the space.
A compromise struck between the Portland Marathon and Occupy Portland, which had set up camp in park near the race’s finish line, ultimately brought the protest group its biggest public demonstration since Thursday’s debut march.
Hundreds of demonstrators met in the Rose Quarter and followed the route of the marathon across the Broadway Bridge and into downtown, where they returned to their camp in Lownsdale and Chapman squares.
Portland Marathon officials, too, declared the day a success. Event director Les Smith said the protests drew a great deal of attention to the race.
"The Occupy Portland people have been a godsend for us," he said.
Smith said the demonstrators had been very supportive, and about 40 had volunteered to help clean up near the finish line after the marathon.
Portland police initially told demonstrators they would have to leave the two squares to make room for the marathon, but city and race officials met with demonstrators to reach a comprise that allowed them to stay in Chapman Square. Access to the square was cut off during the race, so protesters couldn’t enter or exit except in emergencies… [emphasis added]
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After the race, many of the runners joined the demonstration. Kudos to Portland!!
Rachel Maddow discusses the spread of the Occupy movement and how it has Republicans running scared.
I love the way this has spread all over the nation, but Portland does it best. 😉