Race Preview: Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon and Half Marathon

Nestled 2 hours East of Puget Sound is the town of Leavenworth. Known as Washington’s “Bavarian Village”, it borders the Wenatchee National Forest and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. Oktoberfest is Leavenworth’s biggest festival of the year with 3 weeks of music, parades, food, drinks, and activities for children and adults. If you’ve been looking for a scenic race to take on,with a great party, this would be a good choice!

Photo: Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon facebook page

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Race Preview: Discover Pink Walk


Join Discovery Pink Walk and help raise awareness about Breast Cancer.  This is the 10th anniversary for this event and to celebrate, cake will be served at 11am at the Wilson Park Gazebo.

This walk is a community event for everyone to participate in with a flexible start time.  Marion-Polk County Medical Society has set a flexible start time between 10am to noon on October 4th for a walk around the Oregon State Capitol.  The course is a one mile loop that can be completed as many times as each participant would like.   Continue reading

Race Preview: Elk – King’s Mountain Traverse

King’s Mountain is one of the most rewarding, if challenging hikes I’ve yet done in the Portland area.  Between some grueling elevation gain and technical ascents, the payoff feels even more worth it when you finally reach the top.  When I heard Go Beyond Racing has a race that covers not only King’s Mountain, but the additional Elk Mountain traverse loop, I knew it was something I had to look into.

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Announcement: Team Congo PDX Cancel’s 2015 Group Walk/Run

This post was submitted by Team Congo PDX founder, Amanda Ulrich.

On behalf of Team Congo PDX I would like to announce that we will not be hosting a group walk or run in 2015, but will instead organize a local awareness event in late Spring. The success of our group walk/runs over the past 3 years have only been possible with the support of our local runners/walkers, and for that I am forever grateful.  Team Congo PDX will continue to participate in Cause and Event Portland (Save the Date: 10.18.15)!  Stay tuned for details about both events in early 2015.

I founded Team Congo PDX in the Fall of 2011, and our activities are run by me with the volunteer support of local community members, businesses and non-profits.  My efforts via Team Congo PDX have always benefited Women for Women International’s (WfWI) Congo program.

In total, through all of our efforts in the community over the past three years, we have raised nearly $13,000 to benefit women in Congo through Women for Women International.  A big thank you to everyone who helped us raise these funds by getting out there and running or walking for our cause!

It has been my honor to serve as Women for Women International’s Volunteer Ambassador since 2012, and it is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank each and every one of you for your support over the past three years.  It has been, and will continue to be, my honor to serve not only the women in Congo, but the women who live in all 8 countries WfWI operates (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan).

I am humbled and grateful to everyone in the running community for your support over the past three years.

With much gratitude,
Amanda Ulrich
Team Congo PDX Founder
WfWI Volunteer Ambassador

Upcoming races in the Hood River/Stevenson area from Columbia Gorge Running Club

There are a number of great races coming up in the Columbia River Gorge, all hosted by or organized by members of the Columbia Gorge Running Club. Click on the race name for more information. Please note these races offer mail-in or day of race registration only.

Two Dam Punks 10k Walk/Run and 400m Kid’s Trail Run

Saturday, October 4, 2014 near Carson

Held at the Hemlock Recreation Site (which does not require a $5 Forest Service Day Use Pass) near Carson, this is a flat 10k through a beautiful wooded area. Register at the event starting at 9a. The kid’s race is at 9:45a and the 10k starts at 10a. Click on the race name for more information and directions. Hosted by the Columbia Gorge Running Club, this race is only $2 to run or walk – or FREE if you’re a current member. (Membership is only $10/year, by the way … ) Continue reading