Race Recap: 2015 Champoeg Half Marathon

The onset of fall means many things, leaves changing colors, crisp air, and cool mornings. It usually is a perfect balance for running, warm enough that it is not necessary to bundle up but cool enough that the heat is not a negative factor. Often, the best way to truly experience it is to go for a run away from civilization and Champoeg State Park is a great place to do it. September 27th was Energy Events Champoeg 5 miler, half marathon and sprint duathlon. The weather was absolutely perfect and there were quite a few participants.

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From the Heart: Chuck Coats, Not Just a Fast Guy

Brian and Chuck at 12 Bridges Relay 2015

I met Chuck Coats at the Three Capes Relay this year and wanted just a little bit of his energy. Even at the end of a relay this guy was still bouncing around, ready to go for more. I ran into him again at the 12 Bridges Relay and even though he only had one other teammate (our Run Oregon Blogger, Brian) to share the mileage with, he still had infectious enthusiasm and spirit. I knew this guy was an impressive runner with a Prefontaine mustache going on, but I had no idea how much he’s overcome. Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 Harvest Hustle 5K

If you choose your races based on the causes they support, then consider Portland’s Harvest Hustle. All proceeds from this race go to support the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) and Camp Odakoda, a camp for adolescents with autism.  According to the race website, “Families throughout the region turn to the IDD for care, compassion, and resources for infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities or special health needs. In addition to clinical service, the IDD actively participates in research, public health/community outreach, and education/training to continuously improve knowledge and practice while working with patients and families in the hospital, in outpatient clinics, or in the patients home.”  Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 Run2Survive

Costume runs have become more varied and plentiful, but the ones that really grab my interest happen around Halloween. Specifically, those with an undead theme. The relatively new concept of zombies chasing survivors while running a 5K with appropriate garb is hilarious and fun. Energy Events take on this theme is slated to happen on October 31st at Blue Lake Park.

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Race Preview: 2015 SD’s Down & Dirty Half and Dirty 10K – Bend

Any race that advertises Deschutes Brewery beer as their post-race recovery drink has got to be a good one, right? Well, the Down & Dirty Half and Dirty 10K are not only just such a race, but the course is so much fun that most locals use it for training all year round. However, while fun might not be the word you use to describe the punishing hills at nearly 4,200 elevation, pro racer Max King used the word “tough” (after establishing the course record).

Sweet singletrack.

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Race Preview: Race for the Rescues 10/11/15 (Portland, Ore.)

2nd Annual Race for the Rescues, occurring Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Portland. (Photo Credit: Race for the Rescues website)

2nd Annual Race for the Rescues, occurring Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Portland. (Photo Credit: Race for the Rescues website)

Running and animals. You can’t get any closer to heaven for me (except by adding food, and possibly wine, to the list). If you are a fellow animal lover, or just want to get in a great race on a Sunday, check out the 2nd Annual Race for the Rescues, occurring Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Portland International Raceway. Celebrity host for this year’s race will be Claire Coffee, star of NBC’s “Grimm”!

Talk about choices. Race for the Rescues is offering a smorgasboard of distance choices. Seriously, there is something for everyone – including the dogs! The race will feature a 10k, 5k, 1 mile Dog Walk, 1k Kid’s Fun Run, and a Coach Potato Race (which means you can stay at home and still participate!). Check out the full array of course maps here. And, stick around for all the race festivities, as the event kicks off at 7 a.m., and will be full of entertainment until 1 p.m.

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Race Recap: 2015 Strut your Mutt 5k

Strut your Mutt 2015

I’ve dragged my boys out to do a number of Turkey Trots and various 5ks and they are usually less than thrilled. While they aren’t excited to bond with me on my running adventures, I found a fun event for my four-legged kid, Autzen.  There aren’t words to describe the level of excitement Autzen had running Strut your Mutt with me on September 12th. I’m not quite sure what he loved the most, getting to hang out at Sellwood Riverfront Park with all the other dogs, checking out all the dog related booths at the expo or the run itself, but he was in doggie paradise. Continue reading