Running in a Winter Wonderland: A Run Oregon review of the 2015 Turkey Trot by Hood to Coast Series

I feared the worst.

The 2nd Annual Hood to Coast Turkey Trot had a lot of changes come about over the past few months. A venue change, time change, and even a date change made it difficult to conceive the event going off without a hitch. Add to the fact, that pre-Thanksgiving Holiday traffic stretched for MILES in all directions, and it could have been a recipe for disaster. But despite all the modifications, things seemed to go smoothly and the Rasmussen family had a great night of holiday fun! Continue reading

Gear Review: Get your glow on with Glimmer Gear!

Glimmer Gear

I love the concept of Glimmer Gear. I firmly believe in gearing up in bright, reflecting and flashing gear. I’ve almost been hit in broad daylight in bright gear and an umbrella and flashing lights, so I’m particularly cautious when it comes to running at dusk or dark, and I’m always happy to add some more running safety gear to my collection.

Glimmer Gear arm sleeves. – Photo by Marilyn Tycer

I received a pair of Glimmer Gear LED Arm Sleeves ($59.99, available in S, M, L) to test out. The Glimmer Gear sleeves come in three color options: black with white/red lettering, yellow with black/red lettering, and white with black/pink lettering. The brand name is printed in very large lettering across the sleeve. I personally prefer to keep brand logos and text to a minimum–if the Glimmer Gear lettering had a function besides just marketing (for example, reflective ink for safety), I wouldn’t mind as much. 

Each moisture wicking polyster sleeve has a strip of LED lights powered by two 3V button batteries (four batteries total, included). The LED strip is removable, feels fairly comfortable on my arm. The battery pack is a bit large compared to the battery packs on some of my other pieces of gear, but isn’t cumbersome, and I liked the rubberized band on the inside of the upper arm to help keep the band in place. There are three power options: off, on, and flashing. Replacement batteries and LED light strips are available from Glimmer Gear as well.

While the price may seem high, it’s worth investing in a quality piece of running safety gear that you will actually use. Since I tend to get really hot when I run and like to roll up my sleeves or roll down my arm sleeves, I’ll probably only wear the Glimmer Gear sleeves when walking or for short distances during the winter. Glimmer Gear also makes a hat, vest, jacket, waist pouch, dog collar, as well as customized LED arm sleeves.

Quiz: Name that Running Movie

Thanks to the wonderful time-suck named Facebook, we have a new fun game to play. (P.S. Check out RunOregon on Facebook and become a fan!)


This isn’t much of a hint; I mean, you know this is one of them! (

Can you name the running movie from which these quotes are taken? (there are a few that aren’t exactly about running, but much of the movie centers on the activity.)

Here is the rule, if you want to play:

1. NO GOOGLING or using IMDB search or other search functions. DON’T CHEAT!

Here we go!

We’ll post the results later this week, so you can see how well you did.

1. “I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.”

2. “One of the easiest races I’ve ever ran.” Continue reading

Want a brighter headlamp? The amazing Scangrip I-View headlamp

Guess which be-headlamp-ed runner is wearing the Scangrip I-View? Photo by Hai Nguyen of Sunstone Running Club.

Running in the dark happens pretty frequently for runners in the Northwest. Especially if you run multiple times per week, don’t have a treadmill, and work a “9 to 5” job. Add in “are a parent” to that list and there’s a good chance most of your runs are in the dark.

The I-View headlamp from Danish company Scangrip is AWESOME. I run early in the morning 2-3 mornings per week, and walk with a friend once or twice a week after our kids are all in bed. But, ever since our move in January, we’ve been a one-headlamp family. So when I was offered the chance to review a new headlamp, I was pretty excited. Because sharing a headlamp, even with someone you love, isn’t always ideal.

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2015 Run Oregon Holiday Gift Guide and Discount Codes (Black Friday 2015!)

It’s that time of year again when we are all out looking for the best deals, killer sales, quality items and perhaps a little gift buying for others as well. Whether you are shopping for yourself or looking for that perfect gift for the runner in your life, look no further! Here is a compilation of a just a few of the product reviews that Run Oregon bloggers ave tried and tested and found true to their word in 2015.

Looking for Run Oregon merchandise? Check out our webstore featuring Atayne shirts and tanks.

The wide selection of styles and designs available

We fell in love with Atayne in 2014 and you can check out our original product preview to read us gushing about how much you are going to love these shirts!  Atayne offers many beautiful shirts with several other designs as well, so take a peak over at their website.


Looking for fuel or a tasty snack, or maybe a stocking stuffer for your best running friend?  Take a peak at: Continue reading

Run Stronger Trainer Tips: Fight Runner’s Butt!

Runners, we have a serious problem invading our community. Despite all of our running, many of us have lost something that we really need. Our glutes. That’s right, friends, there is a bad case of “Runner’s Butt” going around. Despite powerful runner’s legs, a large number of runners have no butts. Seriously, next time you are at a race, look around. Don’t be too obvious, you may get yourself into trouble, but notice the lack of strong glutes. Instead you will be looking at a sea of flat butts. Continue reading

Product Review: Hillsound FreeSteps6 Crampons


This was first posted in the November 2015 publicaion of ORRC Magazine. There is a saying up here in the Pacific Northwest that if you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes. I think this is especially true when trail running here in the fall and winter months.I know that I have been out in great areas like Silver Creek Falls or Alsea Falls and what started as a cool sunny run, suddenly turns into a downpour. And I have also been heading to a race near Shellburg Falls in rain, and ended up in the hills 40 minutes later in snow and frozen trails. The point is – it pays to be prepared.

One way to be prepared is having the right gear. While it has been difficult to fully put to the test this summer and fall so far, I have been holding onto some Hillsound FreeSteps6 Crampons for just the right time to try them out. While I have managed to get a run in, the weather has not necessarily been cooperative for a true functional review. That being said, I wanted to talk about how amazingly simple and portable these things are. Continue reading