The 45th Portland Marathon is coming up quickly and in my inbox yesterday was a preview and description of the medals!
While I was very excited for the preview, I was somewhat disappointed to find that the front of the double-sided medal is practically unchanged from last year. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the medal, pendant and coin I earned last year, but previously, the Portland Marathon has had all-new medal designs each year. I would have especially expected something unique for an anniversary year and was looking forward to seeing what they would come up with.
Even the ribbon is the same design, with just a different coloring.
However, Portland Marathon medals are unique in that they are double-sided, and it does sound like the reverse side of the medal is completely new.
The reverse is an adaptation of the famous St Gauden’s gold $20 coin. The changes are as follows: Liberty is Portlandia; Portlandia carries a trident rather than a torch; she holds a fir tree rather than a laurel spray; there is an outline of the City of Portland under Mt. Hood rather than the Washington DC Capitol Building; there are roses and rose leaves rather than acorns and oak leaves; and, there are 45 stars for our 45th Anniversary rather than 48 stars for the 48 states.
— Excerpt from “2016 Medals, Pendants & Coins” by Yakihiko Yamaoki
I’ll look forward to seeing this side when I earn it after running 26.2 miles!