Westside runners finally have a Coach Jim route in their neck of the woods! This weekend is the debut of Coach Jim’s Cedar Mills route, and you and all your friends are invited!
This weekend’s run is Saturday, November 12 at Bale’s Thriftway, located at 12675 NW Cornell Rd in Portland. The run will start promptly at 8a, so please arrive by 7:45 to get organized into pace groups and take care of any other business. There is ample parking at this start location and you will be able to use restrooms at local businesses; please be respectful of their regular customers and allow “cuts” in line for them.
You can check out this weeks’ route by clicking here. The total distance is 9.6 miles and paces will range from about 7:30m/m to 12:00m/m. Bring your own hydration and nutrition for this run.
After a loop of about a mile and a half with some gentle hills, the route will follow NW Salzman to NW Burton and cross over NW 143rd. From there, Burton turns into Oak Hills Drive. If you’ve run the Oak Hills Turkey Trot (which may not take place this year, FYI), you know this area is full of rollers, but nothing incredibly steep. Next you will join NW Bethan and then begin the out-and-back portion of your route capped off with a little lollipop incorporating NW Kaiser and NW Laidlaw roads.
Back on Oak Hills Drive, you’ll turn right before reaching 143rd and head south on NW 153rd to Cornell. From there it’s pretty much a straight shot back to Bale’s Thriftway.
These runs are coordinate by Coach Jim, who is certified by both RRCA and the Lydiard program, out of the goodness of his heart. He volunteers his time simply to help area runners reach their goals without injury and in a safe, fun setting. Likewise, his pace group leaders are volunteers. They will probably not turn down an offer to buy them a coffee at some point during the winter … hint, hint!