Back to Square One: A Run Oregon preview of the 2015 Vancouver USA Marathon Weekend

The Vancouver USA Marathon Weekend will always hold a special place in my heart. Back in the day, when I had reached the point of no return (and ballooning up to about 45 pounds more than I wanted), I started my running journey. Now, after a myriad of 5k-15k/s, one duathlon, one triathlon, a 20-miler, and a full marathon, my 35th half marathon is upon me – the 2015 Vancouver USA Half Marathon. And thing that both myself AND the race share is that the 2011 event was the first for both of us. Continue reading

12th Annual Running of the Trolls in Astoria on June 20th

Running of the Trolls 2014

Discover your inner Viking with the 2015 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival and the 12th Annual Running of the Trolls. The weekend of fun and activities in Astoria includes a run/walk on Saturday, June 20th at 8:30 AM. Sponsored by the Columbia Memorial Hospital, this run benefits the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association Scholarship Fund. Participants have the choice of a 1 ½ mile run/walk, a 3 mile run/walk or a 5 ¾ mile run/ walk. Prizes will be awarded to the top male, female, teen and youth finishers in the 5 ¾ mile event. Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 Dam Run 6/13/2015 (Oakridge, Oregon)

The Dam Marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and 4.5 mile hike take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Oakridge, Oregon.

The Dam Marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and 4.5 mile hike take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Oakridge, Oregon.

“The most beautiful health event in the world”. “The most beautiful run of the west”. “The most picturesque run in all of Oregon”. These are just a handful of quotes used to describe The Dam Run, which occurs in Oakridge, Oregon on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

All races (except the marathon) start at Green Waters Park in Oakridge. If you are not familiar with Oakridge, it is located just south of Eugene. Five rivers run together in Oakridge, and there are ample lakes, trails and Willamette National Forest land to explore. For the 2015 event, participants may chose from the The Dam Marathon, The Dam Half Marathon, 10k run/walk, 5k run/walk or the Mountain Hike (4.5 miles). Choices abound, and there is an event for everyone!

Here is some background on the five events. The Mountain Hike will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Green Waters Park.  This is also the same start time as those participating in The Dam Half Marathon. Dogs are welcome on the hike. Hikers will cross over the Willamette River foot bridge, then proceed to the trail head, which is located at about 1,168 feet elevation. During the 4.5 mile hike, you’ll reach the top of Larison Rock, the finish line, at an elevation of 3,619 feet. This will be a steep, challenging, and exhilarating hike! You can hike back down off Larison Rock when you are finished, or, there will be a van shuttle to bring you back down. Erica M. Photography will be onsite at the top of Larison Rock to capture your photo at the summit! Continue reading

2015 Foot Traffic Flat shirt and custom bib deadline is June 1 (price increase)

Made by local apparel company Leslie Jordan, the 2015 Flat shirts are a heathered red with gender-specific sizing. But you’ll only get one if you sign up by June 1st – otherwise known as Monday – or you’re what my mom calls “S.O.L.”

The race is held July 4th at Sauvie Island. Distances include a full marathon, a half marathon, an 8k, and a 5k. If you sign up by the shirt deadline, the prices are $90, $72, $46, and $39, respectively.

Register online for the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon and Half Marathon, and Farm-Fest 8k and 5k here.

After June 1, shirts are not guaranteed; wait until DOR and costs go to $95/$80/$52/$44.

What goes down, must come up – A Run Oregon recap of the 2015 Youngberg Hill Half Marathon

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On Sunday, May 17, 2015, my husband and I ventured out to wine country, in the picturesque Willamette Valley, for the inaugural Youngberg Hill Half Marathon. Perhaps the word “hill” in the name of the estate should have provided some advance indication of what we had gotten ourselves into.

The out-and-back course started at the Youngberg Hill Winery and Inn, just outside of McMinnville. Despite a cool, light mist early on, the overcast weather proved to be perfect for the challenging race. Continue reading

Race preview: 2015 Run On The Runway 5K

The 2nd Annual Run On The Runway 5K, part of the Intel Oregon International Air Show festivities, will touch down on Sunday, July 19th on the runways and taxiways of the Hillsboro Airport. I missed this race last year, so I will be flying blind with my preview, but I will wing it based on the excellent information provided at

Much as the downtown Portland races allow you to run on major streets closed to auto traffic, this unique event is the only chance you’ll get to run on the airport tarmac. The race is a fundraiser for the Hillsboro Schools Foundation, and is limited to 500 runners aged 14 and older.
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