Strava Segment of the Week: There & Back Again

There-and-back-again-ssotwSome of you may recognize the name of this Segment that I’ve selected for this week’s SSOTW; it reminds me of a certain movie that my kids are still too young to watch … but I can’t wait till they’re a little older and won’t be scared of orcs.

ANYWAY. The “There & Back Again” segment is on the Springwater Corridor near Oaks Bottom/Oaks Park, and it’s a super-flat 3.5-mile out and back starting and finishing where the Oaks Bottom Trail meets the Springwater just under the railroad trestle (slightly north of Oaks Park). You’ll want to look at this map to get a good idea of where to start and turn around. The turn-around is essentially the gate where the trail turns into road near OMSI.

We don’t typically do such long segments, but this is such a popular trail and really a great place to do a tempo run. So even if you aren’t gunning for the course record, it’s nice to have it in your stable of places to lay down some solid pace miles.

As of April 27, 2017, the course records for the There & Back Again are:

Women’s: Stephanie Henstrom from August 2016, 25:01

Men’s: Peter Innes from February 2015, 19:43

So, can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Thursday, May 11 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 12.

Our segment from two weeks ago was the Cook Park Path, and there are no new CRs as of yet.

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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