Strava Segment of the Week: St. John’s Bridge


Photo by – see the slight arc? 

This is the second installation of the “Strava Segment of the Week,” in which we post a Portland-area (usually) segment along with the current record holders’ names and times. Two weeks after each segment is introduced, we’ll check on the records to see if there have been any changes in the leaderboard and post it here. Last week’s route, a 5-mile stretch on the Springwater Corridor and Eastbank Esplanade, doesn’t list any new records yet, so check it out here and run it by next Thursday to see your name right here on Run Oregon!

For this week, we are heading to NoPo for a run over the St. John’s Bridge. A beautiful landmark that is also the best photo opp for Portland Marathon participants, the St. John’s Bridge segment starts when you join the bridge just after Syracuse St. on the east side of the river, in the St. John’s neighborhood. The segment ends just before the end of the bridge.

The segment is exactly 1 km, and is a downhill; the average grade is -3%. You’ll lose 39 meters in 1,000 meters, so even though it arcs up for the first half, it’s a noticeable decline.

As of April 26, 2016, the course records are:

Women’s: Mackenzie Madison from September 2015, 4:24

Men’s:  Tyler H. from May 2015, 3:33

So, can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Thursday, May 12 at noon to try and break the record and see your name in “lights” on Run Oregon! We’ll post a new Segment next Friday at 11, and then starting on May 6, posts will include a new Segment and an update on the one two weeks prior.

Strava is an online training and racing log for runners and cyclists. The basic account is free and requires you to create a login. There is also a premium version, but in order to run and record routes as described in this post, you do not need to subscribe to their premium service. Note that this is not sponsored by Strava, nor endorsed or supported in any way by Strava. It’s just a fun thing we’re going to do to give some speedy shout-outs to area runners and pose a challenge to those of you willing to take on their segment. 


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