Race Preview: Andiethon – a virtual race to benefit Andie Proskus

Andie_Proskus_ShamrockIf you run enough races in the Portland area, particularly in the southwest metro area, you’ll likely to have seen Andie Proskus, either in a race herself or just out on her own. Run Oregon blogger Teresa Wymetalek provided a nice write-up of Andie’s background a year ago, from a brief description of the muscular disease that has afflicted her body but not her spirit, to her determination to continue walking/racing as long as she can.

Uberthons and other running friends of Andie have put together a virtual race to raise funds for her. The Andiethon is a virtual 5K race that can be run any time in May or June. Register for the race, run it on your own schedule, submit your results to Uberthons, and pick up your race medal at the Freedomthon on July 4. (Or you can pay the postage to have the medal mailed to you.)

Why the Freedomthon? Because that is Andie’s favorite Uberthons race. Also to be shared will be any comments for her that can be added during the registration process.

The cost of the virtual race is $20, of which $5 goes toward the cost of the medal; the other $15 will go towards the cost of purchasing her a Hoyt Running Chair. As of this post, the medal is still being designed but check back here for more details.


Andiethon Virtual 5K

When: Any time between May 1 and June 30.

Where: Wherever you like.

Register: Online here by June 10 for $20 (includes race medal).

Stop and Smell the Roses: Robin’s Race Recap of 2015 Albertina Kerr’s Race for the Roses 10K

I have heard many good things about Albertina Kerr’s Race for the Roses and have been excited to check out this event for quite awhile.  After learning more about Albertina Kerr and seeing what the race was all about, I was not disappointed.  The hand made finisher’s medals are unique and one of my favorites since each one was part of something important.  The medals were provided by a program of Albertina Kerr called Port City which provides employment for adults with developmental disabilities.  A hand made medal makes each one unique in it’s own way just as each runner’s race experience is unique to them.  Here’s a little bit about my experience….

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Running apparel review: Pearl iZumi Flash short-sleeved shirt and shorts

Front view of the Pearl iZumi Flash SS shirt.

When you think of the word “flash”, do you think of former Portland Mayor Bud Clark exposing himself to art? Or does a second tier movie song by Queen come to mind? Well, Pearl iZumi would like to introduce a new connotation to the word with their Flash line of running apparel.

Recently, I was able to try out a Flash short-sleeved running shirt and a pair of Flash running shorts, both featuring Pearl iZumi’s Transfer Dry stretchable tech fabric.

The shirt is comfortable and well-tailored, with strategically placed mesh panels for breathability. As I’ve emphasized in previous apparel and shoe reviews, the best sign of a good product is that you don’t really notice it on a run, and the Flash shirt did its job without making its presence felt or feeling at all intrusive or distracting. Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 Friar Trot 5/16/2015 Sherwood, Oregon

Located in Sherwood, the Friar Trot is a great spring 10K/5K and one mile fun run or walk event. We are only a few weeks away, as it falls on May 16th. In fact, this is the last week to be guaranteed a race shirt if you register. All events begin and end on the St Francis campus, and go through quiet neighborhoods and a beautiful park. This is a non profit event, and 100% of the funds go to the St Francis School. They will also be collecting donations for the St Francis food pantry.

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Runnin’ Dirty – A Run Oregon review of the 2015 Dirty Dozen Adventure Challenge

imageIt may have been a warm and dry day on Saturday, April 18, but that didn’t stop 500+ runners from competing in Run Wild Adventures’ Dirty Dozen Adventure Challenge in Albany. With a stretch of dry weather preceding the event and a forecast of mid-70’s in store, we had some initial concerns that it would be a “dust run”, but we should not have worried as the day was about as muddy as they come.

Waves of about 100 started every 10 minutes and headed through the motocross field. The course itself had numerous creek crossings, and fire trucks were on site to add water/mud to the dirt course. This actually went beyond a typical “mud run”, as there was much more than just a single mud pit. No, no one needed to worry about how much mud and filth there would be. Continue reading

Small Race Preview: 2015 Tough As Nails Mountain Run 10-miler and 5k


If you have ever been to the Southern Oregon region, surely you have seen Roxy Ann Peak. Rounded and beautifully rugged, it stands watch over the Rogue Valley residents begging to be traversed.   Roxy Ann is a very popular spot as it is close to town and can easily be accomplished in a couple of hours.  On any given day you can find hikers, bikers, runners, dog walkers, and the like enjoying the trails and amazing views.  There are gravel roads and trail options depending on the experience you are looking for.  Both are easy to moderate in level of difficulty which makes Roxy Ann a perfect hike for the whole family. Continue reading

Race preview: Team Up for Students 5k

This is a race for those of you with little ones at home that have a hard time finding a sitter so you can get to morning races. That’s because the Team Up for Students 5k is offering free child care for kiddos age 1-4 during the event!

In addition, this is a great low-cost event. Registration is $20 for individuals, but if you sign up with anyone else in your family, they’ll pay only $5. So if you sign yourself up, and your spouse and two kids, it’s only $35 total. That works out to less than $10 per person.

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