Here at Run Oregon, we love to run. Some of us love to run really far, farther than our friends like to drive. And then there are those we know who run distances that almost seem unfathomable. Enter Dearric Winchester of Redmond. Last September, Dearric trained for and then ran 50 miles around Smith Rock State Park in order to raise money and awareness for migraines, something his wife, Kirsten, has struggled with her whole life.
Dearric's run was a success both in terms of his ability to run the distance as well as raising more than $4,000 for the Association of Migraine Disorders. Dearric's training had taught him much about his own ability, his empathy for those enduring the debilitating pain of migraines and even his ability to raise awareness and funds for a condition that affects more than 12 percent of women and 6 percent of men! So, what does a guy do with all this knowledge and skill? Run 150 miles for the cause...along the PCT...with a few friends.
Dearric regularly trains at Smith Rock State Park to get ready for the PCT
Starting in the wee hours of August 5th, Dearric plans to run from Mt Hood to Mt Bachelor by following the Pacific Crest Trail. The first 100 mile section has many comparisons to the Leadville 100 course with its elevation gains and losses. While most people might consider this type of feat to be unreachable (and possibly a little crazy), Dearric sees a chance to raise 2-3 times as much money for the cause while also creating a call to arms for runners.
Dearric is still looking for any runner who would love to join him for one of the legs of his epic journey. While he has been fortunate to enlist a few friends to run with him, there are still volunteers needed to be in specific places to provide course and run support for Dearric and pals. Dearric can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find additional information, videos and trail blogs on his Facebook page.