My Life in Race Shorts (yes, shorts!)

Race shorts from the Nordstrom International Road Race.

Joe Dudman started running road races as a sophomore in high school, circa 1980. Since that time he has accumulated only two race shorts (Yes, he finally got around to counting them!)

As any runner can tell you, T-shirts are the standard souvenir for almost every race. They’re a functional garment that provides a large “canvas” for the race logo, along with any beneficiaries or sponsors. They are simultaneously a way for the runner to show off his participation and accomplishment and for the race director to promote her event. But, as any runner can also tell you, it doesn’t take long before your dresser drawers (or plastic bins) are overflowing with race shirts, and it’s time to look up quilt makers on Craig’s List.

Once in awhile, however, a race will offer an alternative to shirts. The Oregon Road Runners Club has recently begun handing out finisher’s socks at their events, with the race name on them. The Steep Hill Chase in Eugene included very nice running hats with the race name embroidered on them. And last month Überthons provided running shorts for runners in their Summer Half Marathon.

Which brings us to the subject of race shorts, an extremely rare kind of race souvenir. In over three decades of road races, I’ve received only two pairs of event-specific running shorts (that is, shorts with the race name printed on them, offered in place of the traditional T-shirt). There are lots of large races that sell shorts with the race logo on them at the expo (I have a pair I bought at the Boston Marathon), but they aren’t the official “race garment”. No, I’m talking about shorts that you choose a size for when you sign up, and which appear in your goody bag at packet pickup.

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Race Preview: 2015 Ultimook Cross-Country Open 5k

By description, cross-country is a sport where teams, made up of individual runners, run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. Courses typically consist of dirt and gravel paths, grassy fields, and murky waterways that are sometimes flat, sometimes hilly. It is also typically considered to be a sport reserved for high school students.

So how would you feel to find out that the ultimate cross-country experience could be yours for a mere $15 bucks and a quick jaunt to Tillamook? The Ultimook Cross-Country Open 5k is offered to high school students and adults, alike, and is coming up in just a few short weeks!

 

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Race Preview: 2015 Rogue Run

September 20th would be a great day to be in Medford Oregon for the annual Rogue Run event. Including a full marathon, half and 10K, this event will be sure to have great views and the perks are all there. A BQ course, food and drink, finishers medals, and a mostly flat course along the Bear Creek Greenway. The races are point to point, and I can personally say that it is a great place to run! Continue reading

Featured Website: ShoeKicker

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As much as we like to think of running as an “inexpensive” sport, it comes a surprise to nobody that we tend to SPEND a lot of money on running gear. Sometimes I look down at myself and I strip everything off of me that isn’t necessary. It’s pretty freeing. However, it’s obvious to all that there is one piece of gear we just can’t do without – running shoes.

However, even though running shoes are a sound investment, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have the opportunity to try to locate the most affordable option. I’m not saying we should all just hit the streets in $15 no-name shoes from K-Mart, but why are we just OK with plucking our favorite pairs off the first website we go to without first checking around and seeing if we can get it cheaper somewhere else. I mean, every dollar saved is one we can put towards a Gu packet or two right?!

ShoeKicker is a site (currently in beta) that functions similarly to Kayak.com, the website that peruses the internet for the best flight, hotel, and travel deals. ShoeKicker was started, founded, and is led by Imran Khoja, who used to run at Williams College. He got the idea when he was on a run (a place where all good ideas seem to originate) and was ruminating on the fact that he couldn’t find his shoe, in his size, at an even reasonable price at any store in Boston. ShoeKicker was born right then and there.

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Race Recap: Silvan Ridge Twilight 5 8/15/15 (Eugene, Ore.)

Pre-race line up! Look at the record breaking number of participants!

Pre-race line up! Look at the record breaking number of participants! Photo credit: Bryan Mumme

Saturday evening, August 15, was a warm one. It was warm, and the sun shined beautifully, even through the forest fire laden skies over Eugene. About 4:30 p.m., I was off to the Silvan Ridge Twilight 5 event, held at the gorgeous Silvan Ridge Winery in the exceptional wine country near Eugene. The Silvan Ridge Twilight 5 event has been held for many years now, this year was the 5th annual event, and I have always wanted to attend. The race is a benefit for The Jane Higdon Foundation.

Arriving just after 5 p.m., parking was simple, with participants parking in mowed open field just off the winery. The short walk from the parking area to the winery allowed us to take in the impeccable views of the area, and the winery building. Packet pick-up was occurring in a covered area just outside of the winery. Participants collected their race bibs, complimentary, etched Silvan Ridge Twilight 5 wine glass, and an event shirt if purchased during registration. As we had to take our wine glasses back to the car, next year it would be fantastic if the wine glasses were handed out as we cross the finish line. Continue reading

Running with Kids – Ages and Stages

Kids at the Tiki Run 2012

When you look at the start list (or results) of road races these days, you’ll notice that most races have more female participants than male. A 60/40 split seems pretty common. Many of these women are also moms, who have managed to figure out a way to balance time to go running with time spent at their job (staying at home or out of the home), childcare, home responsibilities, and husband. There are many organizations who are run by and for women with children, from Stoller Strides to Another Mother Runner, and probably many others that I’m not aware of. Continue reading