Sherwood runner Chuck Coats makes tracks across the U.S.

Chuck running at Red Rock Canyon on Lost Trail, about 30 minutes from Las Vegas, Nevada, in April 2014.

Chuck running at Red Rock Canyon on Lost Trail, about 30 minutes from Las Vegas, Nevada, in April 2014.

After retiring, what do you YOU plan to do?

Chuck Coats, a well-known masters runner from Sherwood, has embarked on a cross-country journey with a goal to run in as many amazing places as possible. Lucky for us, he’s blogging about his “misadventures” with plenty of photos to inspire future running trips.

I interviewed Coats in January 2010, back when the blog was still published through OregonLive.com, about his running. Although Chuck was already a good friend, I learned a lot about him during the interview. I learned about his battle with alcoholism and how he became and remains to this day, sober. And I received more evidence that sometimes those at the front of the pack are the biggest supporters of us in the back.

Shortly after that interview, Chuck learned that his wife had advanced lung cancer. When Connie died, I called Chuck and asked if he’d like to go for a run. Chuck, a crazy-fast, extremely competitive runner, was more than willing to go for a few runs with me – at my pace.

On his “endless journey” across the U.S., Chuck will be running a lot. On his own, in beautiful locations; in events large and small; and with friends – at their pace – while enjoying their company.

You can follow Chuck’s running on his blog, “My Endless Journey,” where he’d love to hear from you. Even if you’ve never met him, he’d be happy to say hello and maybe get your suggestions on where to eat, good places to stop for a quick 5k, and read your message of support.

We miss you, Chuck. See you next year.

About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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