Fuel Friday: Simple Squares

imageCompany: Simple Squares are savory-sweet, organic nutrition bars infused with honey and herbs. Each bar is made from 5 whole food ingredients. They don’t claim to be an energy bar, a lifestyle bar, or a protein bar. Instead they feel they do it all by keeping it simple.

They have flavors that are really unique, despite their simple ingredients:

  • Chili Pep
  • Cho-Coco
  • Cinna-Clove
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

Simple Squares are an exciting new find for me.  These really are simple, with only 5 ingredients and all of them are clean and natural. They don’t have harmful syrups, fillers or preservatives and are definitely not another energy or protein bar.  With real ingredients, Simple Squares can actually be considered food. Although the ingredients are simple the flavors are anything but. Continue reading

Race on the Cheap: Yet Another Round of Budget Friendly Events

Events can add up and often the more we do, the more we want to do. We’re trying to help you do as many races as possible, without wrecking your budget. These are the latest racing deals we’ve come across. Make sure to send in your race ‘finds’ since the deals often require a bit of a hunt. Often the cheaper events help keep the cost down by limiting their advertising and relying on word of mouth. Check out our latest deals and pass along any we missed. Continue reading

Race Recap: McKenzie River Half Marathon 3/22/2015

McKenzie River Half Marathon Finisher Medal! Beautiful!

McKenzie River Half Marathon Finisher Medal! Beautiful!

Wow, wow, wow – what an event! Seriously, the McKenzie River Half Marathon is tied for first place in the ‘Best Overall Race Execution’ category. 

To start, I am not a fan of Sunday races. I very much prefer to race on Saturdays. I pick-and-choose my Sunday events very carefully and only register for those that meet my strict criteria for awesomeness.

The previous day was pretty rainy and wet, and the forecast for race day wasn’t promising. Oh well, I love racing in the rain! Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 I Run For Desmond 5K (and promo code!)

I Run For Desmond is a community fun run that is a fundraiser for CFT Elementary Special Education Department and an Autism awareness event.  Starting at Fowler Middle School and heading out to the Fanno Creek Trail, this 5K started in honor of Desmond, a child with Autism at CFT Elementary.  Last year they raised $4500 for the Special Education Department and were able to purchase iPads and other learning tools for this department to help Desmond and other children like him.  Continue reading

Race Preview: Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon April 12 2015

The Oregon Road Runners Club is known for putting on well organized, low key and yet awesome events.  The Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon, which will be held Sunday April 12 will be no exception. These ORRC club volunteer RD’s are all passionate and dedicated runners themselves so they know everything that needs to be in place to create a memorable event. Continue reading

Race recap: 2015 Couve Clover Run – Joe’s report

7-Miler Champion Rolf Vellek crosses the line at the Couve Clover Run.

Over 500 runners and walkers turned out in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, March 22nd for the inaugural Couve Clover Run, which included 3-, 7-, and 10-mile races. A block of Main St. was closed to traffic for the start and finish, and a stage was set up for Irish dancers and a pre-race warmup. The atmosphere was festive, as green-costumed runners milled around before the start, comparing outfits and taking photos. Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 Soles2Souls 5K/10K (Beaverton)


On April 4, I’ll be running the fourth annual Sole2Souls run in Beaverton. The standard Run Oregon race preview can be found here.

I was delighted to get one of the Run Oregon comps for this race. I ran it two years ago, when the race course started right next to Oaks Amusement Park and proceed along the Springwater Trail. That was a fast route; my recap can be found here.

Although this is a relatively small race (last year’s field had 241 total 5K and 10K runners), I remember that the 2013 race felt like a bigger event due to the big turnout by West Hills Christian School parents, who stationed themselves along the route and applauded/encouraged runners throughout. Also quite notable was the genuine interest that the race organizers had in seeking to improve their race; the emcee that year, upon learning afterward that I was a Run Oregon blogger, sought me out and asked me what I thought they could do better the next year. In truth, I had nothing to suggest: the race distance was accurately measured, it was well-marked, and the route wasn’t too clogged.

Oh, and there were great raffle prizes in 2013, and last year too.

To sum up, this has been a very well-put together race, it’s very inexpensive (just $12.50 for either 5K or 10K!), and proceeds go to benefit the track program at West Hills. Run Oregon admin Kelly Barten’s recap (linked above) noted that this course, used last year also, is fast!


Sole2Souls 5K/10K Run

When: April 4, 2015, at 9 a.m. (10K), 9:15 (5K)

Where: Greenway Elementary School, 9150 SW Downing Drive, Beaverton.

Register: online here; $12.50 for 5K or 10K; $7.50 for kids aged 5-9; day of race registration available for an extra $2.50.