Race Recap: 2015 Freedom 5k in Molalla

freedom-5k-2015-300x200I like small races. It’s usually easy to find parking, the course isn’t packed, and typically they support a charity with a substantial percentage of the proceeds. The Freedom 5k in Molalla is one of those small races that goes off without a hitch, is fun to run, and I will look forward to participating again next year, if my schedule allows. Complete results of this year’s race can be found here, and pictures are on the Freedom 5k Facebook pageContinue reading

Race Preview: 2015 SOVAH 5K/10K Family Trail Run/Walk & Run for our Heroes Kids Dash

I love local races. The Salem/Keizer area continues to grow it’s running community and racing scene with each passing year. The 3rd Annual SOVAH 5K/10K Family Trail Run/Walk & Run for our Heroes Kids Dash. As with year’s past, this event continues to grow little by little and combines the challenge of a trail run, with a smooth paved route to finish. Continue reading

Race Preview: Inaugural High Street Hustle 8k and 5k

Being a Salem/Keizer resident, I will be the first to admit that the city is a little behind the times when it comes to thinking outside the box. The Governmental hub of the State has always struggled to keep small businesses in the old-school downtown areas, and rumors have always swirled that the city doesn’t provide as much support as it should in local matters. Food carts are essentially non-existent (though that’s slowly changing) due to out-of-date restrictions. The Keep Portland Weird mantra hasn’t travelled down the I-5 Corridor yet, leaving some bummed and others relieved.
On the running side of things, there actually are a bunch of great races – many actually within city limits. However, they tend to be confined to the same places – Minto Brown Park, Riverfront Park, and Wallace Marine Park. These are all great locations to run, but I have always found it odd that the capital of Oregon has no official distance race. But the inaugural High Street Hustle is aiming to change that.

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Race Preview: SHOC Walk & Run 5K/10K for Ovarian Cancer (Gladstone)

SHOC Foundation

The 11th annual SHOC Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer takes place in Gladstone on Saturday, August 1st. Runners and walkers can choose between the 5k and 10k distances, and there is also a 1 mile untimed family walk. Donations beyond the registration fee are greatly appreciation, and all pledges collected go to the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Continue reading

Race Preview: Epic Grind Obstacle Race 8/1 – 8/2/2015 (Henry Hagg Lake, Ore.)

The Epic Grind 10k and 5k obstacle race occur Saturday and Sunday, August 1 - 2, 2015 at Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon. Kids race, too!

The Epic Grind 10k and 5k obstacle race occur Saturday and Sunday, August 1 – 2, 2015 at Henry Hagg Lake, Oregon. Kids race, too!

Dirt, grass, forrest and fields – that is what the Epic Grind obstacle run is all about. Small, local, family-organized (i.e. not a big, corporate, nationwide race!) and a community-based event. Yes, the Epic Grind is about that, too. In fact, this year’s race will benefit Gales Creek Camp, “a place where children and teens gain confidence in managing their diabetes.”

Epic Grind is a family friendly event. Occurring August 1 and 2 at Henry Hagg Lake (Gaston, Oregon), participants may choose to participate in the 5k or 10k obstacle race, and don’t forget the kids, as they have a kids obstacle run all to themselves. Continue reading

Kickstarter of the Week – OKEY

Product: Okey
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Link: Kickstarter
Current Goal: $6,498 of $21,812
End: July 28, 2015

As someone who runs with keys everyday, my running belt is an absolute necessity. A belt does the trick, but sometimes I would appreciate a more minimalistic option. The OKEY is a simple, yet very handy product for runners with this same need. It is essentially a silicone holder that attaches to your keys and connects to itself, via magnets, to keep it snug against your shorts or pants with the keys safely inside. Continue reading