Race Preview: Turkey on the Run

If you are traveling to central Washington for Thanksgiving, Turkey on the Run is the race for you!  In just a few short years, this race has become the largest Thanksgiving run in central Washington. With 380 runners in 2011 to over 900 in 2013, this race is obviously gaining a reputation for being a “must run” Thanksgiving day event. Organized by Run Wenatchee, this family-friendly event includes a 5K, 12K, and free kids run and is open to both runners and walkers. Continue reading

My Hometown Turkey Trot: Keizer Turkey Dash 5k Run/Walk preview

I remember back in October 2012, when I found out that my hometown of Keizer was starting up their first Turkey Trot, the Keizer Turkey Dash, and how excited I was. I also remember wondering just how well a Thanksgiving Day race would do, considering that there are a lot of great and well-attended Turkey Day races in nearby cities (Albany, Corvallis, Portland). I shouldn’t have worried as I was blown away that the 1st year event brought almost 600 runners! Last year saw that increase to over 700!
The 3rd year event is back and I expect it to be even bigger and better. The race begins at Keizer Station (just off the freeway) and there is PLENTY of parking. Race check-in will be in the giant Lowe’s and offers a warm place for runners to hang out until the race starts. The race will start and end right on the streets right in front of Lowes.
keizer turkey dash logo.jpgCheck out a race map here. It still is labeled as 2012, but the route will remain the same as last year’s event. Runners will run briefly through the mall area before taking a detour and entering the Gubser neighborhood. Runners will complete a full circle around the neighborhood before returning to the mall area.

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Thanksgiving Day Races and Turkey Trots Round Up Blog

Costumed runners at the Cincinnati Thanksgiving day race

Autumn is just around the color and (I feel) is one of the best times of the year! To run as the leaves are changing from green to gold is an experience like no other. Appreciating the fall foliage is not the only reason to enjoy the change in seasons though! The crisp autumn air means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And Thanksgiving means tons of Turkey Trot options available for you!

After all, you do have to earn that turkey and pumpkin pie, or whatever feast you will delight in on that day. If you’re looking for a great way to run off that turkey dinner, here are several options to choose from!

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Race Recap: The 40th Annual Blue Lake Run

The morning started out as many Oregon mornings in the fall do…cloudy with a strong chance of rain. Being a true Oregonian means we hardly gave the weather a second thought, though I DID switch out my tank top for a short sleeve tech shirt. This was a very special race for my husband, Robert. After supporting his wife’s race addiction all year (yes, I mean me!), he finally decided to taste a little of the action for himself.  This was to be his first timed 5k ever, as well as it will the first race we ever ran together as husband and wife. Special race indeed…

photo taken from Blue Lake website

You see, my husband suffers from a rare disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. This genetic disease causes all the joints in the body to fuse together, so eventually you become a “stone man”. The few people who have it are usually much older, around 70 yrs old. He has had it since birth. His SI joints in his hips are already fused, as well as bones in his feet, and he’s only 26 yrs. old. Though he currently takes a multitude of medications as well as a monthly hospital infusion to keep his immune system low to fight the disease, the doctors have stated that one of the best ways to prolong his quality of life is regular exercise. Do you see where this is going? :) Continue reading

Foot Traffic’s free Spooky Sellwood Scavenger Run/Walk scheduled for October 29

Mel Ortiz as Princess Leia … with the Wookie. Can you top this costume at Spooky Sellwood on October 29th? Credit: M. Ortiz.

NOTE: Even though this is a free event, you are still asked to RSVP; interest is so great that Foot Traffic is actually hosting a pre-run bib pick up/waiver signing to keep things on schedule on the event date! Please RSVP or ask any questions via facebook here or email alyson@foottraffic.us if you’re not on facebook.

Similar to other scavenger hunt runs, the Spooky Sellwood is free and set up for runners and walkers. Unlike other scavenger hunt runs, this one actively encourages costumes and will likely have a few spook-tacular surprises along the route!

Speaking of costumes, here are few pretty easy ideas you can roll with:

  • Stop by Value Village and pick up any sort of wig, tutu and/or wings combination
  • Raid your underwear drawer for a plain white t-shirt and write “Fallopian Swim Team” on it. Top it off with a swim cap and you’re … well, we’re all adults. You figure it out.
  • Pin a red (or any color) towel to your shoulders and run with a basket of treats to go as Little Red Running Hood
  • Scrunch up scratch paper or newspaper pages, gum wrappers, and other lightweight trash and pin it to your running clothes to go as a runner in a headwind

Full-on costumes, like those worthy of Mel Ortiz, our Costumed Runner, are also highly appreciated!

Here are the vitals:

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What time: The Scavenger Hunt run starts at 6:15p, so be there no later than 6p

Where: Foot Traffic’s Sellwood location at 7718 SE 13th Ave in Portland

Register: For free via RSVP’ing on facebook, or in-store either at the run or packet pick up

Packet Pick up: Saturday, October 25 from 10a-7p


The Volcano Race on Mt. Tabor: Happiness at an Angle!

This recap was submitted by Run Oregon reader Kathren Cavanaugh. Feel free to Submit a Guest Post in the “Contact Us” tab if you want to get involved.

First, a confession: I don’t like racing. All that adrenaline at the starting line, the crowding, the competitive fervor, the groups trying to stay together – I get just a bit claustrophobic and enormously nervous. And I’m not that great on hills either. (Just ask my boot camp instructor: she’s seen me write “beat the hill” as one of my goals for almost five years.)

But I’d run a volcano before – albeit all downhill on Mt. Haleakala on Maui; I’d signed up just for the 5K – how hard could that be? – and (full disclosure) I’m on the Board of Young Audiences (the Volcano Race beneficiary) so I had to sign up just to be able to recruit my friends. You can’t ask people to run a race you’re not running, right?

So I deliberately arrived at Mt. Tabor late on race day, missing the yoga session and the start of the 10K. I told myself it was to keep my crowd time to a minimum, but in truth I was hoping for some kind of divine intervention to keep me off the course. I joined the 5K runners, who were just starting to assemble. Right then and there I could feel a difference in the air. First of all, there was Timber Joey surrounded by dozens of kids running around, some in goofy masks. Young Audiences had set up an Art Zone and the kids could blow bubbles, paint their faces, make masks and create puppets while they waited for the Kids Dash. With the accompanying music and drumming, the atmosphere was festive and a little chaotic – and took my attention away from the run.

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