Over the past few years, Run Oregon has grown more than we initially imagined. What started as a hobby 10 years ago has continued to morph and change over the years, leading us to where we are today – our own standalone website that has been up and running since December 2013. We typically have anywhere from 12-15 volunteer bloggers who help shoulder the writing load and allow us to continue to do our part in supporting the local running community. We believe that our growth has, in turn, expanded on what “Run Oregon” really is.
Yes, running is our first (second, and third probably) love, but we are not running elitists. Shoot, some of our staff don’t even know their PR times (Matt, for example) and others of us ran in basketball shorts up until this year (also Matt). We LOVE running, but it does NOT define us completely. It is a huge part of our lives (some wives/husbands may consider it an unhealthy portion), but we are way more than just running shoes and race bibs. We all have other desires, hobbies, fashion statements, and personalities.
Throughout 2016, we started to cover some of those other things – “stuff” that isn’t completely running related. We started this with our 2015 coverage of the Polar Express Christmas Train experience, and since then have completed some really cool reviews of hotels, theaters, and other local shows. We have also done some posts on health and hygiene products and casual clothing lines that runners may enjoy. While it’s not all running, we feel that being a part of “Run Oregon” is being a part of something bigger, and we want to capture more and more of who active and diverse Pacific Northwesterners are and what they – you -should know about.
As a result, you may notice that we will have debuted some new pages up on Run Oregon in the past week or so. We will still be devoting the overwhelming majority of our time to covering all things running, but please feel free to check out these other locations as well for a more diverse group of posts catering to the well-rounded runner.