Run Oregon Tunes – Podcast Edition


I’ve always been in awe of people who have their perfect music lineup ready before they go on a run. I have never been able to figure out how to either find the music with a beat to match my pace, or to ignore the beat of the music and run my own rhythm. (Today I almost hyperventilated when I wanted my favorite singer Brandi Carlile to cheer me along.) So when a friend told me that she listens to podcasts on her runs, I was intrigued. I immediately looked for recommendations, and I now have a solid list of weekly episodes to listen to.  Continue reading

Race Preview: 2015 Newport Superhero Run

Superheroes run Newport! Photo from Newport Superhero on Facebook

Labor Day weekend in Newport is the place to be for this theme run for the whole family! The Superhero Run includes a 5K and a Kids Fun Run, with costumes highly encouraged.

Brought to you by Ardor Adventures, this scenic run begins at the Newport Performing Arts Center. From there runners will make their way to historic Nye Beach, along the ocean past the Old Lighthouse and Yaquina Bay Bridge, then back along the ocean to the start. This loop course is paved and has a couple of small hills. Continue reading

2015 Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon Extras

Holy cow – it’s hard to believe that the 2015 Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is only a week away! This was such a fun experience last year and I am excited for all those who are heading over to the Yamhill Valley to participate. Here is a general synopsis of my experience last year:

Overall, this race was top-notch for me. Yes, it is expensive and the general “complaints” that people have really paled in comparison to the over feel of the race and the beautiful course. Not that I needed more convincing, but Destination Races made me proud to be an Oregonian. Thank you for providing another reason to add to the list. This is who we are and this is what we do.  We rule. No whining.

Hyla previewed this year’s event, but I wanted to touch a little bit on the extras that are possible to attend as well. Continue reading

Kickstarter of the Week: TUNE

Product: TUNE
Location: Austin, TX
Kickstarter End Date: Aug 13, 2015
Current Pledge: $9,285 of $100,000

The ability to track your running technique safely and accurately appear to be the rage in technology right now – and for good reason. We did a Kickstarter of the Week post on some insoles out of India that are in beta testing. Thie week’s Kickstarter of the Week post is TUNE, a tracking device and soles based out of Austin, TX. Continue reading

Small Race Preview: 2015 Hoopla Run 5k/10k (Salem)

Hoopla Run

The Hoopla Fun Run 5k/10k takes place on Friday, August 7th in conjunction with the Hoopla basketball tournament in Salem, OR. The run starts just in time for after-work participation at 6:30pm. The course starts and ends near the Capitol building and takes runners and walkers around the Capitol Mall and neighboring streets. All proceeds benefit the Liberty House, which is a child abuse assessment center serving Marion and Polk counties.

Hoopla Run details:
When: Friday, August 7, 2015; 6:30pm start
Where: Capitol Mall, Salem, OR
What: 5k, 10k
Registration: Online here or print and mail registration form
Registration cost: $20 for adults; $12 for youth under 18. (DOR add $5)
Registration includes: Race entry, event shirt, post-race refreshments, one day pass to the KROC center

Race Preview: Beat Beethoven’s 5th 8/23/15 (Bend, Ore.)

Beat Beethoven's 5th, 5k and 1 mile fun run and walk, occurring August 23, 2015 in Bend, Oregon.

Beat Beethoven’s 5th, 5k and 1 mile fun run and walk, occurring August 23, 2015 in Bend, Oregon.

Wow, now here is a fun, unique race! Especially for us music ‘geeks’, like myself. On Sunday, August 23, take part in the first annual Beat Beethoven’s 5th. This is a 5k or 1 mile run/walk that will take place beginning at 9 a.m. at the COCC campus track in Bend.

So what makes this race unique? I’ll tell ya’. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to finish the race before Beethoven’s incredibly famous 5th Symphony finishes, which is about 33 minutes. FUN! Additionally, the event supports the Central Oregon Symphony.  Continue reading

Sunset High School hosting “Miles that Matter” 24-Hour Run to raise funds for Shriner’s on August 14

RunOregon-Logo-nonprofitMiles that Matter is not a race. There isn’t even a registration form. It’s just a community event, anchored by the cross-country team at Sunset High School, that raises funds for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and the XC program at Sunset.

The event is scheduled for Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, running from 10a until 10a over a 24-hour period. During that time, the cross-country teammates and their friends, families, teachers, and fellow runners and walkers will attempt to run at least 1,000 miles. At least one person will be running on the track at all times, and at around 9:50 on Saturday morning, there will be a “last mile” run where everyone is invited to count off four laps together.

This is the 2nd year for the event, with plans well underway to make it an annual happening. Organizer Daniel Neeway, who is the XC coach at Sunset, says, “We relish the community’s involvement but there is no registration, no registration fee, and very little structure – outside of the 24 hour window and our desire to have everyone doing their miles on the track.” Continue reading