Race Recap and Results: Mt Tabor Doggie Dash 5k/8k

The 10th annual Mt Tabor Doggie Dash took place on Sunday, August 24th at Mt Tabor in Portland. I didn’t have a dog handy, but enjoyed watching all the excited four-legged running buddies. With the temperature around 70* and most of the course on shaded park streets, conditions couldn’t have been any better for the 275 participants who finished the 5k and 8k. Continue reading

Race Recap: Canby Dahlia Run Half: A traffic-free alternative on Relay weekend!

– Photo by JManning Photography

I must say that every August I get a little bummed out when I see everyone’s Hood to Coast pictures popping up everywhere. I have still not ran in H2C, and am always left feeling a little out of the loop and down when I see the fun that everyone is having (sans waiting in traffic). This year, I decided to do something about it – and no I don’t mean that I joined a relay team. What I DID do was run the Canby Dahlia Run Half – the unofficial alternate to the H2C madness. Continue reading

Race Preview: The Portland Marathon


***Only 36 Spots remaining, so you better sign up fast!***

The Portland Marathon, which will be held on October 5th, is one of the most coveted races of the season. For more than 40 years, the Portland Marathon has been earning a reputation as being one of the most memorable marathons in the Pacific Northwest. Runner’s World has labeled it as the “Best race in October”, as well as “most walker-friendly marathon in the US,” and so far it appears they intend to hold onto that label this year as well. If you’ve been on the fence about attending this year’s event, here’s a few reasons why YOU should be one of the few people filling the remaining entry slots:

The Starting Line

At 7 am, participants of both the full marathon and half marathon distance will begin together at SW 4th and Taylor in downtown Portland, and finish just three and a half blocks southeast on SW 3rd Ave. between Main and Madison, in front of the Justice Center and alongside Chapman Park. This scenic course will give each runner an opportunity to see the intricate beauty of the city of Portland in a way that is often missed through the daily tasks that divert our attention elsewhere. Continue reading

Race Recap: Swim Across Suttle

$20 won’t buy you a whole lot anymore. But this past Sunday, August 23, Sisters MultiSport provided a swim cap, a goody bag, a great post-race spread, and a heck of an event at the Swim Across Suttle 1.3 mile swim in Central Oregon – all for $20!

This Fourth annual event really presented some of the most beautiful scenery around, as well as provided a great warm-up event to those multi-sport athletes – both veterans and those new to the sport. There were plenty of younger participants out there as well (kicking my butt) and even a seperate division for non-wetsuit wearers. It is a really amazing opportunity to get the feel of a mass start (including kicking legs and swimmer-made waves) on a smaller scale (almost 60 swimmers) before dipping into those bigger races later this fall. Continue reading

Race recap: 2014 Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash – Joe’s report

A six-legged team crests one of the many hills at the 2014 Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash.

Terrapin Events’ Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash returned to the popular S.E. Portland dormant volcano on Sunday, bringing together humans and canines for 5k and 8k races and a kids’ fun run.

I don’t have a dog, but I like running at Mt. Tabor and it’s nearby, plus I always get a kick out the amazing variety of enthusiastic dogs that show up for the event. I do have two cats, but they prefer sprinting, hurdles, indoor Parkour, and sleeping in ’til noon to distance running, so I left them at home and decided to run the 5k solo. Continue reading

Race Preview: Mountain Lakes 100 9/27-28/2014 (Olallie Lake, Oregon)

Views during the Mountain Lakes 100 race. Photo courtesy of Go Beyond Racing.

Views during the Mountain Lakes 100 race. Photo courtesy of Go Beyond Racing.

Ready to put all your training to the ultimate test? Want to take a swing at one of the U.S.’s newest 100 mile races, which happens to be right here in Oregon? Is an ultra-marathon on your bucket list and you are trying to find just the right one to register for? Want a prize purse to lure your feet into running even faster?

The Mountain Lakes 100 miler is something you need to consider. Being part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series, I wish I was trained and ready for a 100-miler. I would run this race without a second thought at the sanity (insanity?) of running 100 miles (I’m Jones ’in for my first dip into the ultra-scene). This race, thanks to a wonderful sponsor (Winner Electric), is awarding first place male and female finishers with a whopping $500. Wow!

Last year (2013) was the maiden voyage of the Mountain Lakes 100. Unfortunately, the race had to contend with a ‘typhoon’ of epic proportions, resulting in a video that you really ought to check out. Race organizers are offering a weather ‘guarantee’ for the second running of the event in 2014 – super nice of them!

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Tomorrow is Last Thursday at Tualatin Road Runner Sports

Ladies and gentlemen, just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the Last Thursday scavenger hunt run, hosted by Road Runner Sports in Tualatin!

This is a free group run (donations are accepted, though, for selected charities) that follows a scavenger hunt format. You get a map and have an hour to make your way to as many checkpoints as possible to collect raffle tickets.  Continue reading