Preview: The First Annual Freeze (Salem; “extreme” obstacle course)

Had your fill of regular road races that only expect you to travel in a relatively straight line over terrain where your biggest obstacle is an acorn? If you’re in Salem and ready for something new, head out as an individual or a team to the inaugural running of The Freeze on March 7, 2015.

Copyright © The Inferno LLC. Apparently a tiger-lion with a black wig roaring at you from the mid-1990s best represents this race.

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Race Recap: Dash ‘n Dine (Eugene, Oregon)

The Dash 'n Dine 15k/5k by Level 32 Racing in Eugene, Oregon took place on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

The Dash ‘n Dine 15k/5k by Level 32 Racing in Eugene, Oregon took place on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 was a foggy morning in Eugene, Oregon. And it was COLD! The previous day, Saturday, we had experienced record high temperatures in the area, so I just assumed, incorrectly, that Sunday would be a warm, sunny, beautiful day for racing! Boy, was I proved incorrect.

The Dash ‘n Dine 15k and 5k races started at 10 a.m. I do appreciate races that offer “later” start times, even when I am a local racer and don’t have to spend an hour or two commuting to the race (which I do a lot). Especially when beer is involved at the finish line, right? I mean, starting a 5k or 15k at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., even 8 a.m. would mean you were enjoying that post race beer way too early in the morning. Or, am I just crazy for thinking that?  Feel free to let me know either way.

Anyway, pre-race logistics were smooth as silk. Thank you Level 32 Racing for this. I never thought I was such a stickler for pre-race logistics; you know, parking, knowing where to go to get your race bib and t-shirts, where exactly the start line is (heading west, heading north, etc.). Everything went so effortlessly. I even had plenty of time prior to the race, and after securing my bib, to enjoy a Dutch Bros. $1 beverage. Dutch Bros. on Franklin was generous enough to allow race participants to show their bib and receive a $1 drink of their choice. Fantastic perk!!!! 

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Coach Jim’s free marathon training for Saturday, January 31, 2015

This week’s run is a 20-miler – an out-and-back that allows someone to run whatever distance they need for their training. Organized with the ORRC Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon in mind as the goal race. The start and finish this week is at the downtown location of Road Runner Sports.

Remember that these runs are free and open to everyone. Volunteer pace group leaders will keep you on pace for your training; the paces vary each week but are usually between a 3:40 and 5:00 marathon.

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Race Preview: 2015 Lincoln City Half Marathon and 10K

Much of the Oregon coast is a beautiful, natural area. Rolling hills, lots of trees and fresh air make it a great place to run. I have spent several weekend vacations on the coast, and made it a point to run every time. You can’t beat the fresh air and seclusion of the area.Up until this year, I have not had the chance to race out there. A half marathon that advertises rolling hills and scenic views is quite the enticement. So on March 1st I will be making the drive to the Lincoln City for their half marathon timed by Eclectic Edge Racing.

Photo courtesy of the Lincoln City Half Marathon Facebook page

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Race Preview: Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Seattle

I raced the Hot Chocolate 15/5k for the first time last year and reviewed it back when I was guest blogger, and while a lot has changed for me and Run Oregon since then, we can probably still count on this event being pretty amazing.

If it’s anything like last year, there will be a lot to love about it. The site still looks and feels great, making it very easy to register and access all the details you’ll need for race day.  Hopefully as historically, this will just be your first window into how well coordinated this race is. Continue reading

Race Preview: Champoeg Park Runs – New Distance Added!

Are you ready for a PR?  The ORRC Champoeg Park Runs has added a new distance to their event, which could be a first for many of you. A 20K distance has been added to the well-established 10K and 30K races.  Personally, I’m excited for the addition of the 20K for 2 reasons.  1) The 20K is a nice distance that works well for those of us who run half marathons. At just 12.4 miles, it’s totally do-able.  2) Can you say PR? I’ve never run a 20K before, so the first new distance is always a PR! Right? Continue reading