Just Plain Tough – A Run Oregon race preview of the 2016 Plain Endurance Runs (Plain, WA)

Attention ultrarunners and 100-miler wannabees! There is less than a month left until the 2016 Plain Endurance Runs. If this is the first you are hearing about it, you probably shouldn’t just sign up for this year’s event on a whim (and it’s important to not that you must have completed a TRAIL 100 mile, the Plain 100K or equivalent prior to entry), but start training now for the 2017 event. This event looks super hard, and super unique.

So why would you want to head to Eastern Oregon and check this out? Well, “plain” means plain, in more ways than one. Here is some info from their website: Continue reading

Race Preview: 2016 Multnomah Falls Trail Run

Caution – Falls!

Have you ever hiked the trails at Multnomah Falls and thought, “This would be a killer race course! I should really run this sometime.” I certainly have and yet, I have never run the Multnomah Falls Trail Run, but I sure should! This 5.9 mile run or walk includes some paved trail, but is mostly a mix of smooth to technical trail of soft sod and hard pack dirt and rock. Continue reading

Race Preview: 2016 Crush Cancer 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon

 The 4th Annual Crush Cancer race will be held on September 18 at Faith, Hope, and Charity Vineyards in Terrebone, Oregon. While this is the 4th year for the 5K and 10K races, 2016 will be the first year to include the half marathon distance. The courses will run through farmlands and the vineyards and will include views of the Three Sisters Mountains on a mix of gravel/dirt and pavement. Proceeds from this race will go to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Continue reading

Strava Segment of the Week: Alberta Park Loop

Alberta Park photo from Wikipedia.

This week’s segment is in NoPo: The Alberta Park Loop is in between NE Killingsworth and NE Ainsworth right around NE 20th. It’s in a very walkable neighborhood where some of my good friends live, and while the segment has only been attempted by 108 people, they’ve logged 1,305 attempts.

This 0.6-mile segment is flat, with an elevation difference of only 48 feet over the whole loop, and sticks to the perimeter path at the park. Take a close look at the map to be sure you choose the right paths.

Good news on our segment from two weeks ago, NW Red Hawk Drive Climb! Both the women’s and men’s course records were stolen away on August 13th. Matthew Klein ran a 6:52, taking down the previous time of 7:44; Lauren Magnee set a new women’s CR of 10:22, bettering the previous CR of 10:43.
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Race Preview: 2016 Hilton Half and Family Fun Run (John Day)

People probably get sick of me leading out posts this way, but I’ll just continue to mention that I have been lucky enough to travel all over this great state – from east to west. One great and out-of-the-way place that I have come to appreciate is John Day. Most Oregonians are probably familiar with John Day’s Painted Hills, but now there is a reason to go over and get in a race at the same time. Check out the Hilton Half and Family Fun Run on September 17, 2016.

The race course is described as such:

Join us for this scenic, family-friendly run featuring views of Strawberry Mountain and the John Day Valley. This fast course is designed to accommodate the beginning to advanced runner and everyone in between. Choose to run a 1/2 marathon, 10K, 5K, or Kids K. Portions of the 1/2 marathon, 10K and 5K run along the John Day River and feature both on and off-road running.

When I last visited John Day, I put in miles around the 7th Street Sports Complex – a great little paved looped trail area that is host to sports fields, and a great place to park while running in John Day. I ended up running up into the adjacent hills before looping back around and running on Main Street for a while. However, for the sake of this race, only the Kids race will take place inside the park limits, while the rest are one-way jaunts that will finish.  Continue reading

2016 Mt. Angel Oktoberfest Half Marathon, 10k and 5k Preview


Courtesy OktoberfestThe start of the Oktoberfest 10k/5k from 2010, before there was a half marathon, too.

One Oregon race that has continued to grow year after year the the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest 10k/5k. Held in conjunction with the festival that shares it’s name, the Oktoberfest Road Race is popular and one that deserves a spot on your race calendar.
First, the vitals:
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016
What time: “Approximately” 9a
Where: Humpert Park on Alder Street
Register: Online here for the 5k or 10k for $26 before September 14 or day of race for $30. The half marathon is $75 online by 9/4 and $80 day of race.
The 5k and 10k registrations include a “Finisher” pint glass and a beer, with tech shirts and hats available for purchase. The half marathon registration includes the same goodies, plus a tech shirt if you sign up by September 8, a wristband to the rest of the festival, and a “Finisher” hat pin. The hat is an Oktoberfest thing, not exclusive to the race but a nod to the festival’s German heritage.

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