Strava Segment of the Week: Cooks Butte in Lake Oswego

Cooks Butte photo from Lake Oswego website, photo by Maina Donaldson.

This week's new challenge is a Butte-kicker! It's got a 10% grade and runs just a half mile, but it's one tough half mile. You'll gain 314 feet in that short distance. I'd love someone to try this one out because although the current records for this segment are north of a 10-minute mile, they will still be hard to beat. But if you love hills, they're attainable! Check out the Cooks Butte segment here.

As of June 3, 2016, the course records are:

Women’s: Kathleen Tarlow from April 2014, 7:46

Men’s: Mike G. from February 2015, 6:17

We didn’t get anyone besting the SSOTW from two weeks ago, Chase Me Down in Gresham; so those records still stand. However, last week’s SSOTW has been topped for both the men’s and women’s segments. We’re talking here about the 0.3-mile segment that is on the ORRC Up the Lazy River race course. Chris Masters Kimbrough took the women’s title with a time of 1:58 (that’s fast) and Dean A., who we’re starting to see a lot on our segments, knocked out the leader with a time of 1:55.

So, can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Thursday, June 16 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.

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. 


About Kelly Barten (1151 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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