Lake of Death Relay: 12 or 24 Hours of Running Fun

Hood to Coast, Gorgeous Relay and Cascade Lakes Relay are all full, but there’s still an option for runners itching to get their relay fix. Held at Hagg Lake, just outside of Forest Grove, the Lake of Death Relay isn’t your typical relay. You don’t have to rent a van, you won’t watch your runner go by as you’re sitting in traffic and you won’t be completely sleep deprived for Monday morning. Granted those make for good memories and some fun stories, but if you’ve already been there and done that, check out Lake of Death Relay.

There are lots of options with this relay. You can run it solo, or with teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8. Your team can go for a 12 hour stretch or make it 24 hours of fun. You get to choose between a trail run or road run- although you must pick one for the duration of the relay, as runners can’t switch back and forth. So many options and such a fun way to mix up a relay, plus it’s close to Portland. Continue reading

Race Recap: Race The Reaper

The Fitness Studio team ready for Race the Reaper 2014

In true Race the Reaper form, Saturday’s event did not disappoint.  Oregon’s best obstacle course race kept us guessing, with changes to some of the old obstacles and the introduction of a number of new challenges, as well.   This marked my 4th year running Race the Reaper, and every year I improve on some skills and find others I need to work on. This year was no exception. Continue reading

Preview: Painted Hills Half Marathon, 10k and 5k


The scenery from the start of the Painted Hills Half Marathon. Photo by Patricia Goehring.

The Painted Hills Half Marathon is a race you should run at least once in your life. Along with the half, there is a 10k and a 5k, all of which offer great views of the Painted Hills. It’s a very small race, very supportive and the kind where you end up making new friends along the route.

The first time I tried to run it, I found my plans changed by my now two-year-old daughter, with whom I had awful nausea, and ended up running the 5k instead. But I’m glad I stuck with my plans, because it was a beautiful race. This post includes my recap from that gorgeous day in Mitchell, to hopefully entice you to make the trip to Central Oregon for this run! Continue reading

Free kids run this Sunday at the Beaverton Sun Run

Here’s another great event with a free kids dash! And it’s this Sunday, so now you know the answer to “what are we doing this weekend?”

Organizer Patrick O’Flynn describes the kids run: “The kids dash will have various distances, depending on ages. Older kids will go about 50 yards. We will let parents determine what “older” means. Last year we had a few 4 year olds and we had them run about 15 yards. It was awesome. The kids dash will be on the grass at Griffith Park … so hope for sunshine!!! All participants will receive medals so they can relive their glory until next year.” Continue reading

Dedicate (and donate) your run this weekend to cancer

Local runners Trisha Swanson and Annie Soisson have organized a “virtual run” for this weekend. They are asking for anyone planning a run to make a donation to a cancer research or support organization as a form of “registration,” and to then post your picture on their facebook page as a form of “packet pick-up.” To share results, you can also tell them the name of the organization you’re supporting as well as any individuals you’re running for.

Here’s the email Run Oregon got from Swanson, who organizes the Reason to Run events in the Portland metro area including the Twilight 5k/10k in Cook Park: Continue reading

Race Preview: Good Samaritan Challenge

Join Samaritan Physical Rehabilitation and HOTV Runners for the 5 or 12k Good Samaritan Walk, Run, or Roll Challenge, and support a community and an organization that’s helping people get moving again.  The mission of Samaritan Physical Rehabilitation is to help people dealing with physical challenges by providing support, rehabilitation, and equipment that makes it easier to deal with injuries and simpler to get around while adjusting to overwhelming changes.

As runners, Continue reading