Race Preview: 4th annual Run Your Tutu Off 5K (2/20/2016)

Don’t miss out on this year’s Run Your Tutu Off 5K heading to Corvallis on Feb 20th.  Just in case you missed Matt’s recap of last year’s event “To Tutu or not to Tutu, that was never a question…“, let me tell you that participants are bound to have a good time (tutu wearing or not) with this race full of charm and enthusiasm.  Chalk motivational encouragement can be found on the course and can be especially encouraging when working on some of the short but steep inclines on the course.  Last year was greeted with a beautiful sunny morning which afforded runners and walkers beautiful views of a sparkling Willamette River.   Continue reading

Clothing review: Rabbit men’s running shirt

Recently I got a chance to try out some new running clothes from Santa Barbara, California startup Rabbit. Earlier I reviewed their awesome running shorts, and thanks to some warmer weather and an indoor event, I can finally weigh in on the men’s Rabbit running shirt.

As with the shorts, the fabric is terrific: Soft and light, but still sturdy and functional. The fit is perfect, and the workmanship seems to be of very high quality. I’m a big fan of raglan sleeves, and this shirt is so well tailored and comfortable that you forget you have it on. Continue reading

Race Preview: Dirty Leprechaun 5K Mud Run 3/12/16 (Tualatin, Ore.)

Terrapin Events presented the Dirty Leprechaun 5K Mud Run, occurring Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Lee Farms in Tualatin, Oregon.

Terrapin Events presented the Dirty Leprechaun 5K Mud Run, occurring Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Lee Farms in Tualatin, Oregon.

I’ve absolutely never in my life participated in a mud run. Granted, I am an avid trail runner, so I have experienced my fair share of mud, high water, and other nastiness – but never in a ‘mud run’ sort-of-way. I’m seriously considering taking the plunge and experiencing this phenomena at the Dirty Leprechaun event, by Terrapin Events.

Saturday, March 12 at Lee Farms in Tualatin, Oregon, get ready to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day! This chip timed 5K mud run will feature 20 or more fun, yet challenging, obstacles, bonfires to keep warm at, covered areas to celebrate, showers ($5), food, mimosas, cider or beer (21+ of course), plus a lot more – and a great time, of course! Looking at the list of obstacles, I think the ‘Leaping Leprechauns’, ‘Hay Bale Hill’, and ‘Shoe Snatcher’ sound awesome! All the action takes place behind Lee Farms Store, and shuttles to/from the start/finish are available! Continue reading

Race Preview: 2016 WinterFest Snow Wars Royal Run (Bend)

Every year, Bend throws a mighty cool party known as Winter Fest, which is a weekend long party that includes tons of music, motorcross stunt riders know as Metal Mulisha, lots of great food, an insane amount of beer options and a fun little running race. Each year there is a theme and this time it’s Star Wars!

This year, race organizers are calling the race a chance to “complete your Jedi or Sith Lord training”. Runners are encouraged to get there early “for Dark and White Knight calisthenics”. Because of the nature of WinterFest and the fun that is involved, it is not uncommon to see many people dressed in costumes. Given the theme of the race, runners are encouraged to dress up, but “make sure your armor is flexible because we have added a few themed obstacle challenges to make it even more exhilarating!”.

The race course is a out and back, navigating obstacles on both sides of the Deschutes River. Runners will start at the Les Schwab Amphitheater box office and corss over to the Old Mill SHopping District right after the amphitheater. There will be an obstacle near the Red Robin, that will need to be navigated before coninuting along thew ay. Runners will follow the trail and have an aid station at Farewell Bend Park before crossing back over the river. Obstacle #2 will be within Riverbend Park, and once passed, runners will head back to the start. 5k runners will complete a second loop to complete the distance.

The WinterFest Fire King and Ice Queen will be there handing out cool themed souvenir glasses (to the first 200 registrants) and will be at the end to serve complimentary beverages once you finish. The race is $30 for pre-registrants, which also includes a 3-day pass to the Winterfest itself. Winterfest has some great events that weekend, so consider making a weekend trip. There will be:

  • Gangstagrass (Emmy nominated musical artist)
  • Motorcycle stunts
  • Fire Pit competition
  • OMSI Kids area
  • Ice Sculptures
  • Fire Arts
  • K9 Acrobatics
  • Food of all kinds!

When: Sunday, February 14th at noon

Register: Go to the event’s site. Cost is $30.00 (plus an registration fee)

Make a Day of It: Staying sharp – physically and mentally – at OMSI

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Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!

The next installment of this series is the OMSI!

First the running:

First and foremost, I highly recommend running the Waterfront Loop (the standard route when in downtown Portland) and submitting your times on our FREE Waterfront Loop Virtual Run. If you are looking to add more distance, you can always add more bridges to the mix, head north toward the Willamette River Greenway trail or south to cross over the new Tillikum Bridge. It’s hard to sometimes select a running location (as there are so many great ones) in the Portland area, but seeing as OMSI is on the east side of the river, I would also recommend consider heading further south on Water Street and hitting up the Springwater Trail (one of my favorite places to run when I’m around). Continue reading

Race Preview: Lucky Clover 10K, 5K 3/17/2016 (Springfield, Ore.)

Join me at the Lucky Clover 10K and 5K, occurring Thursday, March 17th in Springfield, Oregon. Race on St. Patrick's Day!

Join me at the Lucky Clover 10K and 5K, occurring Thursday, March 17th in Springfield, Oregon. Race on St. Patrick’s Day!

Huge shout-out to Level 32 Racing for having a race on St. Patrick’s Day! Join me at the Lucky Clover 10K and 5K, occurring Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Springfield, Oregon at 5:30 p.m. Wear your green (or red!) and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in epic style — by running! The race takes place at Dorris Ranch Park in Springfield.

Participants may choose from a 5K or 10K distance. This race features two courses (I love this!); one is on road, the other is on trail. If you choose the 5K, you may pick which surface you want to complete your 5K on. For those running the 10K, you will run on both surfaces – you choose which surface to run first. The trail course is flat and fast, winding through Dorris Ranch Park on the bark chip paths. You’ll be treated to views of lovely filbert orchards and the Willamette River. The road course will take participants for a tour through neighborhoods and along the river. Continue reading

Race Preview: Easter Egg Stash Dash Half Marathon and 5K – 3/19/2016 (Eugene, Ore.)

Join me at the Easter Egg Stash Dash half marathon and 5K, occurring in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, March 19, 2016! Presented by Pink Buffalo Racing.

Join me at the Easter Egg Stash Dash half marathon and 5K, occurring in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, March 19, 2016! Presented by Pink Buffalo Racing.

Have you wanted to run or walk on, and truly experience, Pre’s Trail? Well, you can experience it very nicely at the Easter Egg Stash Dash Half Marathon and 5K, which takes place on Saturday, March 19 in Eugene, Oregon! This is a family friendly event — please bring the family, there is a distance for all to run or walk! (Or volunteer if you don’t wish to race!).

Choose from the half marathon, or the 5K distance. The half marathon, with a 4 hour time limit, will feature 3 beautiful loops of Pre’s Trail. Half marathoners will have a total of nine aid stations available to them on the course – five with restrooms (WOW! Impressive!). For the 5K distance, runners and walkers will be treated with two aid stations, one with a restroom. 9 a.m is the start time for the half marathon, and for those participating in the 5K, your start will begin at 9:15 a.m.  Continue reading