Race Preview: 2015 ORRC’s Autumn Leaves 50/50

As we delve into the fall running season, the can’t miss Ultra of the year is Oregon Road Runner Club’s Autumn Leaves 50/50. This race, which includes a 50K and a 50 miler, is an annual challenge for distance runners. Running in Champoeg Park in the fall is one of the best ways to experience the colors, sounds, and feel of this beautiful season in the Pacific Northwest.

The course for this event is a 10K loop that is 80% paved trail and 20% dirt single track. 50K runners complete 5 loops, while the 50 Milers run 8. The loop course makes this ultra perfect for ultra newbies. There is no need to fear getting lost out on a 50 mile course without an aid station in sight. This course is well-marked and consists of 2 aid stations, ensuring that runners will never be farther than 2.5 miles away from one. Stations will have water, gels, energy drinks, and food. Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 Dirty Duck 5k Fan Run & Walk

As a University of Utah football fan, I was reveling in the 62-20 win in Autzen Stadium earlier this season. But as an Oregonian, I am a rooter for the local teams. AND as a runner, I can appreciate a good themed race that combines running and football – regardless of the allegiance. The Dirty Duck 5k Fan Run & Walk does just that, and is coming to Eugene on Saturday, October 24th.

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Why the 8k is the best race distance


That’s why. 8 kilometers is 4.97 miles. Add in the margin of error for road races, and you’ve got yourself a nice, clean 5-miler; but 8k sounds cooler. And to those who don’t run, saying you ran a 40:08 8k sounds faster than 40:08 for five miles.

8ks are pretty rare; 5-milers are too. The Double Five & Double Five Challenge (scheduled for April 9, 2016 in Lake Oswego – registration opens October 1) is one such race; it revived parts of the old Red Lizard Five Miler. The Columbia Gorge Running Club also puts on a great 5-miler, the Pumpkin Run 5 Mile Trail Run, scheduled for Halloween this year. Check it out – it starts at 9a at the North Bonneville Sports Park and is only $2 for non-members.

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Guest Preview: 2015 Cpl Matthew Lembke Regatta Run/Walk 5k

The 2015 Regatta Run/Walk, dedicated to the memory of Corporal Matthew Lembke will be held on Saturday, October 17th at Tualatin Community Park. Proceeds from the run will benefit a scholarship fund, which is awarded each year to a Tualatin HS student in memory of Tulatin-native, Cpl Lembke, who died in 2009 from injuries sustained during his third tour of duty in the Middle East. Continue reading

Kickstarter of the Week Revisited: Athletes Collective Unbranded Sportswear (DISCOUNT CODE)


Product: Unbranded Sportswear
Location: Toronto, Canada
Kickstarter End Date: October 10, 2015
Current Pledge: $5,036 of $22,733
Website: http://www.athletescollective.com/

A few weeks ago, we featured Athletes Collective Unbranded Sportswear as part of our Kickstarter of the Week series. The folks behind this campaign sent us a workout shirt to try out and give some feedback on. The shirts are currently being sold for $20 via their Kickstarter campaign. Here is a reminder of the details:

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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