Race Preview: Shotgun Trail Blast 4/4/2015 (Marcola, OR)

Shotgun Trail Blast 50k, 25k, 10k and 5k. Occurring Saturday, April 4, 2015. 2nd event in the Run Big Trail Series by Level 32 Racing. (Photo Credit: Level 32 Racing)

Shotgun Trail Blast 50k, 25k, 10k and 5k. Occurring Saturday, April 4, 2015. 2nd event in the Run Big Trail Series by Level 32 Racing. (Photo Credit: Level 32 Racing)

It’s time to get registered for the 2nd event (of 6) occurring in the 2015 Run Big Trail Series by Level 32 Racing. On Saturday, April 4, 2015, I’ll meet you at the start line of the Shotgun Trail Blast occurring at Shotgun Creek Recreation Area near Marcola, Oregon.

The Shogun Trail Blast will feature four distances to choose from; a 50k, 25k, 10k and 5k. Last year I participated in the 10k, and I will be taking to the start like for the 10k again this year. This race has some mighty fine hills, too, which I just love! Oh – and don’t forget the streams, mud, trees and views, too. Hooray! Continue reading

The Costumed Runner Blog: Run Like Hell (October 26, 2014)

Pictured (left to right): Tim Fraser and Mel Ortiz as running lobster. Photographer: Madeline Mulhernu

Pre-Race Preparations

The theme this year was “Under the Sea” and I had a feeling there would be many a mermaid and fish so decided to take on a crustacean aka Lobster.  It was perfect timing since I just bought at Target the new bevy of foam Halloween wigs by Project Runway designer Chris March. One of them was a lobster and oversized lobster claws.  It would be perfect for this race and to add to it I decided to pin a sign that said “Eat Chicken” to add to the comic value.

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Coach Jim’s free marathon training for Saturday, March 7, 2015

The ORRC Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon logo.

This weekend’s free marathon and half marathon training run is hosted by lululemon Pearl District, starting at 8a on Saturday, March 7.

First up will be the longer run: 10 miles on Terwilliger. From the store at NW 12th and Couch, the group will run south through the Park Blocks and over the freeway to join up with Terwilliger around the 2nd mile of the run. The fun rolling hills will continue to Barbur Blvd, then the groups will turn back to retrace their steps to the store.

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Fueled by Funyuns: A review of Legs 1 & 2 of the 2015 Three Capes Relay

3capesrelayad_300by200After hearing great things about last year’s inaugural Three Capes Relay from fellow Run Oregon Blogger, Teresa Wymetalek, I jumped at the chance to join a Run Oregon team for the 2015 version. Then, against this 5k specialist’s better judgement, I agreed to run it on a two-person team with Matt Rasmussen. Run more than a 10k? Twice? With huge hills? What was I thinking?! Continue reading

Small Race Preview: 2015 Cougar Fun Run (Echo, OR)

Cougar Fun Run

A lot of the races that we preview here at Run Oregon are located in the Portland metro area, and I have to confess that I personally have not ventured much beyond the comfortable Willamette Valley region. However, this site is Run Oregon, not Run PDX, so we do write about races throughout the state, like the Cougar Fun Run in Echo, OR in Umatilla County. Apparently, this race started in 2006 as a high school senior project but has in recent years been run by Eastern Oregon Sports Training LLC.

Chip-timed race options include 1 mile, 5K, and 10K. The 5K and 10K races are out-and-back routes on Rieth Road (one of the main thoroughfares through Echo) somewhat parallel to the Umatilla River. (Here’s the 5K route; and here’s the 10K route.) It looks like there’s about a 100 foot elevation gain over the first half of the 5K, so the way back should be quick. Yea for negative splits! Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 Vortex Half Marathon and 10k

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Run Wild Adventures. This Salem-area winter running series takes runners to some great locations and puts on a solid race and great experience all rolled into one. Over the past few years, they have expanded with new races like the Dirty Dozen adventure race in Albany, the Detroit Lake Mud Run, and new this year – the Vortex Half Marathon in Estacada on Saturday, March 28.

So why “Vortex”, you may ask. Were you aware that there was a rock music festival in Milo McIver State Park in the 1970’s? From Wikipedia: Continue reading