Race Preview: 2015 Friar Trot 5/16/2015 Sherwood, Oregon

Located in Sherwood, the Friar Trot is a great spring 10K/5K and one mile fun run or walk event. We are only a few weeks away, as it falls on May 16th. In fact, this is the last week to be guaranteed a race shirt if you register. All events begin and end on the St Francis campus, and go through quiet neighborhoods and a beautiful park. This is a non profit event, and 100% of the funds go to the St Francis School. They will also be collecting donations for the St Francis food pantry.

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Runnin’ Dirty – A Run Oregon review of the 2015 Dirty Dozen Adventure Challenge

imageIt may have been a warm and dry day on Saturday, April 18, but that didn’t stop 500+ runners from competing in Run Wild Adventures’ Dirty Dozen Adventure Challenge in Albany. With a stretch of dry weather preceding the event and a forecast of mid-70’s in store, we had some initial concerns that it would be a “dust run”, but we should not have worried as the day was about as muddy as they come.

Waves of about 100 started every 10 minutes and headed through the motocross field. The course itself had numerous creek crossings, and fire trucks were on site to add water/mud to the dirt course. This actually went beyond a typical “mud run”, as there was much more than just a single mud pit. No, no one needed to worry about how much mud and filth there would be. Continue reading

Small Race Preview: 2015 Tough As Nails Mountain Run 10-miler and 5k


If you have ever been to the Southern Oregon region, surely you have seen Roxy Ann Peak. Rounded and beautifully rugged, it stands watch over the Rogue Valley residents begging to be traversed.   Roxy Ann is a very popular spot as it is close to town and can easily be accomplished in a couple of hours.  On any given day you can find hikers, bikers, runners, dog walkers, and the like enjoying the trails and amazing views.  There are gravel roads and trail options depending on the experience you are looking for.  Both are easy to moderate in level of difficulty which makes Roxy Ann a perfect hike for the whole family. Continue reading

Race preview: Team Up for Students 5k

This is a race for those of you with little ones at home that have a hard time finding a sitter so you can get to morning races. That’s because the Team Up for Students 5k is offering free child care for kiddos age 1-4 during the event!

In addition, this is a great low-cost event. Registration is $20 for individuals, but if you sign up with anyone else in your family, they’ll pay only $5. So if you sign yourself up, and your spouse and two kids, it’s only $35 total. That works out to less than $10 per person.

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Small Race Preview: 2015 Alien Abduction Dash

“I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.”

– Stephen Hawking

You can be one of this planet’s smart lifeforms by registering for the Alien Abduction Dash, held on Saturday, May 16 in McMinnville. This low-key one-mile run is put on by the McMinnville Downtown Association and is run in conjunction with the city’s McMenamins’ UFO Festival (May 14-17).

There will be “obstacles” to navigate and kids are strongly encouraged to get out there and participate. I am going to be attending with my two girls and then stick around to take in the festival afterwards. The race isn’t expecting to be timed, but instead a good time to take the family and have a fun experience.

There are a variety of events that weekend, from a “Landing Party” (5/15 at 3pm) to UFO experts  (ongoing throughout the weekend) to the UFO Costume Parade and Pet Costume Contest (5/16 at 2pm and 4pm, respectively).

Alien Abduction Dash (McMinnville)
When: 12pm
Where: US Bank Plaza (3rd and Davis)
Register: Online here; $12

The Art and Craft of Racing

I ran cross-country for a small NCAA Division III college in Minnesota (Carleton College – Go Knights!). There were no athletic scholarships. We were students first, but we took running seriously too. We had an excellent coach and the workouts were beyond intense.

As the end of my senior season approached, I was in the best shape of my life. I can honestly say I don’t think I could have improved my race fitness one iota more. I knew I was ready physically to run the best races I could possibly run. The only things that could have held me back were mental: doubt and worry.

In the days leading up to our conference meet, confidence began to crowd out the anxiety, and dread gave way to eager anticipation. I started to think of the upcoming race as an opportunity to produce a work of art. The race course was the canvas, I was the brush, and the race would be a painting, a lasting memory hung in my mental gallery from then on. Continue reading

Everything’s coming up roses: A Run Oregon review of the 2015 Albertina Kerr Race for the Roses Half Marathon

One race that I wanted to cross off my “running bucket list” was the Albertina Kerr Race for the Roses Half. I finally got the opportunity this past Sunday (April 19), and the event did not disappoint. Over 800 half marathon runners, and countless other 10k and 5k finishers, took to the downtown streets of Portland on a beautiful Spring morning.

Race morning began at the Oregon Convention Center. This was a great venue for a race of this size and they had everything set up well inside – from packet pick-up, to vendors, to bag check and dedicated stretching areas. It wouldn’t have mattered, but had the weather been nasty (as is very possible in Oregon’s Aprils) it would have been even more appreciated. I was able to walk around, casually drop off my bag, and warmly get myself ready for the miles ahead. Continue reading