Free Portland Marathon Training Clinic starts this weekend

The Portland Marathon Training Clinic is back for the 2015 season with its carefully crafted mileage plan, experienced pace group leaders, and support for those training for the Portland Marathon or any fall marathon!

These runs are free and open to everyone. Some runs are supported (all over 10 miles), but all participants should self-supply nutrition and hydration to help them prepare for their race. Continue reading

Race Review: Vortex Half Marathon…70’s, Trails, and History Galore!

In my short running career, I’ve only had the opportunity to participate in one trail half marathon (the White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon), so when the Vortex Half Marathon presented itself, I figured since I survived the last one, why not give this one a go as well! The race website (held by Run Wild Adventures) boasted that the Vortex was the only state sponsored rock festival in US history that took place in 1970 at McIver park in Estacada, which was why the race was 70’s themed, and costumes were encouraged. Now I was hooked…

At Aid Station #3 at mile 10, a volunteer was spreading 70’s joy

My family decided to get involved as well. My husband decided to take a chance, and signed up for his first 10k ever! Both of my teen daughters (who volunteer at most of my races just for fun) volunteered to man Aid Station #2, so this really turned into a family event!

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Coach Jim’s free marathon training run for Saturday, April 4, 2015

Coach Jim’s free marathon training run for this weekend is set for 16 miles, even though next weekend is the ORRC Vernonia Marathon. This is because he’s extending his organized (and free) group runs for those working towards the Newport Marathon!

When: Saturday, April 4, 2015

What time: The run starts at 8a

Where: Road Runner Sports at 29 NW 23rd Place in Portland

Distance: 16 miles

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Race Preview: Youngberg Hill Half Marathon, 10k and 5k 5/17/2015 (McMinnville, OR)

Young berg Hill Half-marathon, 10k and 5k. Occurring Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Youngberg Hill in McMinnville, Oregon!

Young berg Hill Half-marathon, 10k and 5k. Occurring Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Youngberg Hill in McMinnville, Oregon!

A brand new half marathon, 10k and 5k is hitting the winery + running scene! With great enthusiasm, may I present to you the Youngberg Hill Half, 10k and 5k, which will benefit the McMinnville High School, and presented by Double Dog Dare U Events, who host a number of popular events such as the Bald Peak Half and Twelve Bridges Relay.

First, let me fill you in just a little on the location of this event, Youngberg Hill, located in McMinnville:

“Oregon’s premier wine country estate and one of Wine Spectator’s favorite locations; set on a 50 acre hilltop surrounded by an organic vineyard. We have an amazing 25 year old vineyard that is farmed organically. We are well known for producing award winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines.”

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Race recap: Tulip Trail Run – Joe’s 5k race report

The tulip fields were a colorful setting for the first half of the 5k course.

The inaugural Tulip Trail Run took place Saturday, March 28th at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm outside Woodburn, under party sunny skies and in a cool wind. Runners and walkers lined up to pick up their numbers as “regular” visitors roamed around the grounds.

The course was entirely on dirt farm paths or roads winding through the tulip fields and a filbert orchard. The race started next to the visitors buildings, before heading back and forth between several long rows of tulips. Normally, I would have found these long sections in an open field a little dull, but thanks to the bright blooms, the thick mud, and the presence of visitors and tours cheering us on and laughing at the sloppiness of our progress it was actually a lot of fun. Continue reading

Race Preview: Race Against Child Abuse in St. Helens, Ore.

taken from race website

The 7th Annual  Race Against Child Abuse, held on April 25th, is a great way for you to help give back to the community and support a worthy cause. All proceeds from the race directly benefit the Amani Center, which is a non-profit organization created to assist Columbia County in responding to child abuse through the child forensic interviewing and medical assessment, treatment of children (birth – 18 years) alleged to have been sexually abused, physically abused, emotionally abused, neglected and/or witnessed a violent crime including domestic violence. The Amani Center’s mission is to “minimize trauma to child abuse victims through professional medical diagnosis and treatment in a secure and child-friendly environment with the goal of preventing child abuse in all forms. Participating in this race will continue to help support their efforts to continue helping children and families alike.

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Race Preview: Sisters Better Half 4/25/2015 (Sisters, OR)

I have found the perfect excuse to get in the car and head to Sisters! I really enjoy the Sisters/Bend/Sunriver area, and it’s really not that far of a drive from Eugene to get there. I drive to Portland all the time for races, yet it’s nearly the same driving time to Central Oregon. So, not surprising, I’m excited to point the car a different direction and head to Sisters to participate in the Sisters Better Half Marathon, occurring on Saturday, April 25!

Beautiful view of downtown Sisters, Oregon. (Photo Credit: Five Pines Lodge Website)

Beautiful view of downtown Sisters, Oregon. (Photo Credit: Five Pine Lodge Website)

The Sisters Better Half Marathon will have double-coverage from Run Oregon Blog, as fellow administrator Matt will be attending as well (read his preview here). Matt is lucky, as he is able to take advantage of the Bend Marathon taking place on Sunday, April 26, and getting in two races over one weekend! So, fellow Half Fanatics (I’m Fanatic #2635), here is a fantastic opportunity to moon-up and take advantage of what will be, undoubtedly, two incredible half marathons back-to-back. Continue reading