First Thursday is this Thursday

First Thursday Run

Runners at the May 2014 First Thursday. Photo by Fit Right.

Hey all you Portland-area runners and walkers! This Thursday (July 3) is First Thursday … and even though it falls on a Thursday, it’ll feel like “Friday” since the actual Friday is the 4th of July and (hopefully) you have the day off!

For July, there is a fun theme for First Thursday: Tropical Island! Wear your loud Hawaiian Shirts, board shorts and if you’re brave enough, a swimsuit! (Just make sure it’s got enough support, if you know what I mean.) And if you don’t have any island gear, anything neon will work. It reminds me of a party I went to in college where a few guys had trucked in sand to bury their deck. It was cool, but all I could think was, “So glad I don’t have to clean this up.” Fortunately, there won’t be any sand to stick to your running gear for years to come.

This month’s shoe sponsor is Brooks – my favorite – so get there early if you want to test some out. The July beer is another one of my favorites: 10 Barrel Brewing. Did you know, by the way, they have a Portland brewpub at 1411 NW Flanders?

Also there will be a team from the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, the Xterra crew, and the Neon Glow Run; Garmin, Pocketfuel, and locally-owned North Lake PT, Portland Juice Company, and Stride Strong.
New to First Thursday? It’s easy. Show up by about 5:45 and get ready for the big maps to come out. Note the checkpoints revealed at 6p and then collect as many checkpoints as possible in an hour. Be back by 7p, drop your raffles in the drawing, and listen for your number to win a sweet prize!
When: Thursday, July 3, 2014
What time: 6p
Where: NW 20th and Raleigh (lot parking is limited, look for street parking)
Register: It’s free! Just show up and sign the waiver
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