Guest Post: Southern Oregon Turkey Trot

This recap was submitted by Run Oregon reader James Bozeman!
The Southern Oregon Turkey Trot is one for the whole family, even the youngest of runners are welcome to take part in this event. The Turkey Trot is an annual run in its 9th year with three run options, the 8 mile, 2 mile and 100 yard turkey dash for those 5 and under. With Access food share as the beneficiary of the run and receiving the proceeds of the event. The event has generated $30,000 and over 3000 lbs of food from this event.
The race takes place on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 27, 2014. All courses are out and backs on the Bear Creek Greenway. The course is paved, and for the most part flat. The Turkey dash starts at 7:45 followed by the 8-miler at 8:00 and the 2 mile run kicks off last at 8:30.  Awards will be handed out following the race with trophies for male and female event winners, and medals for age group winners. There will also be drawings for race participants.
Registration can be done online and families get a special rate when registering together online. There is also an option to download the application and mail it in. Long sleeve shirts are available with pre-registration before Nov. 23 for $10. This is a great excuse to really pig out on thanksgiving, so come out and burn some calories!

Tofurky Trot 5K

I enjoy running on the holidays and especially love that my kids want to be involved and run these events with me… it feels like we are starting our own family traditions for these holidays.  This year, I have learned of the Tofurky Trot and can’t wait to check this event out!  I’m a vegetarian and excited that there is a race that is geared for us plant eaters on a carnivorous holiday!   Vegetarian/Vegan or not, I hope you’ll check this event out.  It looks like a lot of fun and is  focused on raising money for local groups supporting good health.

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Race Preview: Monster Dash

The 3rd Annual Monster Dash will hit the streets of Bend on October 26. Fleet Feet‘s 2014 event is proudly supporting Younity, a group dedicated to helping teachers, students and parents effectively respond to bullying.  This year’s goal is to get 400 participants to help support this positive, community focused organization.  Students of all ages are encouraged to come participate!

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Race recap: 2014 Nick Symmonds Springfield 800

Ben Blankenship, Nick Symmonds, and Andrew Wheating with about 100 meters to go in the Elite heat of the 2014 Nick Symmonds Springfield 800. (Joe Dudman photo)

Friday afternoon I drove over two hours one way to race for under 140 seconds, and it was totally worth it. The Nick Symmonds Springfield 800 has quickly become one of my favorite races of the year.

Now in its third year, the event is a straight 800 meter road race hosted by Olympian and former Willamette University runner Nick Symmonds. With separate heats for walkers, and youth, masters, open, and elite runners, there is something for everyone, and when you’re not racing, you can watch the other heats. Continue reading

Race Preview: Oregon Mid-Valley Road Race Turkey Trot in Albany

One of the longer running Turkey Trots in the Mid-Willamette Valley is Albany’s Oregon Mid-Valley Road Race. This event, now in its 6th year, saw about 800 participants last year, and is sure to be packed again this year.
As in year’s past, there are 3 distances, a 5.2 miler, 3.75 miler, and 2.5 mile walk. Check out a description and map of each of the distances here. There will also be the School Challenge, where you can register to support a local Middle School and High School. The school with the most applicants will receive a $1000 prize.

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Coach Jim’s free training runs resume November 1

Picture from Coach Jim's 2012 Annual Christmas Run

Picture from Coach Jim’s 2012 Annual Christmas Run

RRCA-certified James Mattern has been coordinating Saturday training runs for years, and this year will continue the fun. Free and open to everyone, led by experienced pace group leaders on routes selected for their accuracy, access to restrooms, safety, scenery, and – of course – the food at the finish; Coach Jim’s Training Runs will prepare you for your spring distance event.

Runs are planned so you’ll be ready for a mid-April spring marathon … such as the ORRC Vernonia Marathon! However, if a half marathon is more your speed, Coach Jim designs his runs so that if you prefer not to run the full distance – you can! Continue reading