On April 13, 2013 over 400 runners all over the U.S. descended on Vernonia for the Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon, organized by the Oregon Road Runners Club. The race began at Cedar Ridge Conference Center and proceeded down the Banks- Vernonia Linear Trail.
The big this year was Vernonia High School senior Nathan Fleck who was running his first marathon; against 103 other finishers Fleck placed 4th overall with a time of 3:05:26 and took 1st place in the Men’s Under 20 age group. Jennifer Draeger of Vernonia finished 40th overall with a time of 4:00:30 and finished 2nd in the Woman’s 30-34 age group.
In the Half Marathon, competing against 333 runners, Derek Handegard of Vernonia finished 8th overall with a time of 1:34:30 and took 1st in the Men’s 40-44 age group. Other notable Vernonia finishers were Sam Potter with a time of 1:46:01, Don Shulte with a time of 1:57:28, and Kellie Murray with a time of 2:00:31. Other Vernonia finishers were Rebecca Scotto, Maria Lemay, Kellie Shulte and Jeana Gump.