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A Marathoner's Marathoner: Portland Tribune Profiles Bullard Shareholder

September 22, 2011

On September 22, the Portland Tribune published a feature story on Bullard Law shareholder Les Smith and his role in growing the Portland Marathon from a 450-person club event to perhaps the best organized marathon in the world.

In "A marathoner's marathoner: Attorney Les Smith helps the Portland Marathon keep both feet on the ground," author Stephen Alexander wrote that "the Portland Marathon, set for its 40th anniversary October 9, and run exquisitely by Les Smith and others, has become one of the country's top races." Smith is in his 30th year as the event director.

In his days as a runner, Smith completed 81 marathons. Alexander described how Smith found his passion for running. "Smith grew up in the Pittsburgh area. He graduated from Duke University in 1962, and then went to the North Carolina School of Law. He became a U.S. Army captain in the Vietnam era. After he left the military, Smith began practicing law. He found it hard to be active while working long hours at a desk, so he turned to running... Smith ran his first marathon in 1976, which was the last of the Portland Marathon's Sauvie Island years... Many of his friends to this day are people he met during a race."

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