Race Preview: High Alpine Half (Bend)

download Once again, Super Dave Thomason of SuperFit Productions has put together a half marathon worthy of any runner. Starting at Mt Bachelor’s West Village Lodge, the course winds through the trails and hills of the buttes and mountains that overlook Bend. With a total elevation gain/loss of over 1,200 feet, there’s a reason that aid stations have whole PB&J’s at them.

The High Alpine Half course covers parts of the famed Flagline 50K course and includes views of several major mountains in the area, as well as amazing single track that sends runners through pine tree forests and high lake meadows. Continue reading

Small Race Preview: The Blast! for Recovery and Prevention 5k (Roseburg)

This year, The Blast! Color Blasting Run/Walk takes place in Roseburg at 9am on Saturday, September 10th. The run starts and ends in Stewart Park, and the course takes participants through beautiful River Front Park as well. Wear white clothing that can absorb the color that is blasted at you, but you have the option to avoid the color as well.

Registration is available online until 9/7 and includes individual, family, and team categories. Individual adult (16y+) registration is $35; when registering as a team of four or more adults, each adult pays $30. Great news for family: During family registration, when youth are registered with an adult, the registration cost for children ages 10 and under is discounted to $20 and youth ages 11-15 are discounted to $30. All registrants will receive an event t-shirt.

Proceeds of the race support the Peer Power mentoring program. The program’s main focus is the prevention of substance abuse, bullying, and more.

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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