A Run Oregon recap of the final “A Very Poplar Run” (10/22/16)


Foot races can take you a lot of places. Through the heart of cities or up the sides of mountains. Whatever they lack in outward similarity, they always seem to help me appreciate what I find at the finish – skyscrapers, mind-reordering views, or what seems like an infinity of poplar trees.

Signing up for the Very Poplar Run had been a bittersweet endeavor from the first idea of it.

The truth is, I can’t remember a time the acres and acres of the Boardman Tree Farm haven’t been there. Along the desolate, uninterrupted flat of 84 East just under 200 miles outside Portland, they’ve been a landmark, a way point, a curiosity for countless travelers.   Continue reading

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 released!


Shoe: Mizuno Wave Rider 20 (Amazon)
Release Date: 10/7/16
Cost: $119.95
Colors (mens):

  • Orange/Black
  • Navy/Silver
  • Grey/Black
  • Safety Yellow/Blue
  • White/Blue
  • Blue/Silver

Specs (from Mizuno Website): 

  • An all-new, redesigned cloudwave plate provides an overall softer, smoother ride
  • Articulated U4icX heel wedge creates more cushion
  • Top midsole foam incorporates a new U4ic foam compound that makes this version of the Wave Rider 33% more responsive and durable than previous models
  • Engineered mesh increases breathability, movement & hold
  • Softer heel collar helps avoid irritation without losing heel fit
  • Ramp: 12mm
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces

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Race Preview: 2016 Oregon Mid-Valley Road Race

It’s on! For the ninth time! The Ninth Annual Oregon Mid-Valley Road Race Is On! The beautiful Albany Road Race started back in 2008 by The Lions Club to raise support for medical needs in the Mid-Valley. You asked and they answered! There is now not only a 5k option but now a 10k option for those of you who want to burn off that extra turkey grease Thanksgiving morning! Continue reading

Make a Day of it: Portland Center Stage performs “The Oregon Trail”

Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!

Many of us have grown up playing the “Oregon Trail” game on computers that only came with monochrome screens. (And my kids have played it on their iPods as well!) Living at the end of the Oregon Trail, we also hear and learn a lot about the westward journey in the early 1800s. Most recently, the city of Oregon City has put on a 5k race based on the game, called “The Oregon Trail Game 5k” where participants make decisions along the way to complete their journey to the finish line. This year, the race was MC’d by Chris Murray, whose assigned profession for the game/race day was “actor.”

It just so happens that Chris Murray’s actual profession is also actor, and this fall he plays the roles of Billy and Matt in Portland Center Stage’s performance of “The Oregon Trail.” The play follows two characters named Jane: “Now Jane” is playing the Oregon Trail game on her computer in 1997, while “Then Jane” is on the trail in 1848.  Continue reading

Initial Impressions of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight stroller


For those of you who may not know me personally, I have a 7 and 4-year-old, and now a new little girl on the way in October. We currently have one running stroller in our family (which we reviewed back in 2014), which is still going strong. However, with a growing family, and an increasingly-interested-in-running wife, we needed to add another to our arsenal. Thanks to Joovy for providing us with their newest running stroller – the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight, complete with a car seat adaptor for still-unnamed baby #3. With a 7-year-old (who just completed her first non-stop 5k, and two running strollers, we will be a family to be reckoned with.

This post will highlight my initial impressions in the few days since receiving it. I will be following up with an additional post after I have had the opportunity to put some miles on it. Continue reading

Race Preview: 2016 Portland Veterans Day Run

Are you looking for something to do on Veterans’ Day that supports our veterans? Look no farther than Mount Tabor, which is the site of the 4th Annual Portland Veterans Day Run. The purpose of the run is:

[T]o provide a venue to thank the men and women that have served or are currently serving in our nation’s military during the week of Veterans Day (November 11th). To this end, we provide discounted pricing to our Veterans and active-duty military participants as well as discounted pricing for spouses of our Veterans. Your participation also allows us to make this event available to service members worldwide for the same discounted price as those serving in the States.

We also donate a portion of the proceeds from our events to honorable military charities. Donations from prior years’ events have included the Wounded Warrior Project, Folds of Honor, Operation Gratitude, Team Red White and Blue and numerous local veterans charities in the cities we have events.

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Race Preview: 2016 Turkey Stuffer (Springfield) FREE ENTRIES!

Springfield’s own Turkey Stuffer will once again be in Lively Park on Thanksgiving morning. This budget-friendly 5K is a win-win for the whole family. Adults are just $15, kids ages 14 and under are free, and after the race you can enjoy the Splash! Swim Center from 9-11:30 A.M. at no charge. Splash! at Lively Park has a wave pool, waterslide, lap pool, spa, kiddie pool, and more. Sounds like a perfect way to start your Thanksgiving! Continue reading