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Strava Segment of the Week: Run for the Trails Fundraiser for Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Virtual "race" on Strava: 100% of registration fees support Gorge trail restoration.

This week’s Strava Segment of the Week is not our usual segment: this week’s “segment” is a fund raiser for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, who will work to restore trails damaged by the recent forest fires. It’s organized as a virtual run, where you register and then run the distance where and when you want, called “Race for the Trails.”

Technically, our segments are usually “good” for two weeks, but this week’s offering is not any one segment. It’s wherever you want to run. You just log miles between October 1 and October 7 on Strava, with a suggested target of 50k over the week (but you can run as much or as little as you want). The registration fee of $25 all goes to the Friends of the Columbia Gorge – no one is taking any “off the top” – it ALL goes to the non-profit that will help rebuild the trails damaged by the Eagle Creek Fire. (There is a $2.50 processing fee for the online registration that covers the processing fee to the registration company.)

Race for the Trails is sponsored by Rainshadow Running (James Varner and his crew put on top-notch runs), Territory Run Company, and Sharman Ultra Endurance Coaching out of Bend. Here’s what you do:

  1. Register online here for Race for the Trails (you can make additional donations here, too)
  2. Join Strava (if you haven’t already)
  3. Join the Strava Group “Race for the Trails Strava Club
  4. Run during the week of October 1 through 7
  5. See if you earned any titles such as farthest distance, most elevation gain, and fastest average pace at the end of the week!

Even if you don’t earn any of these titles, you will officially be a friend of the trails for your participation in this Virtual Run. Normally, I’m not a fan of Virtual Runs … but this is one I can truly get behind!

Check it out and tell all your friends!

Our segment from two weeks ago was the “Little Gabriel Climb,” but the previous course record holders haven’t been bumped. Keep trying!

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About Kelly Barten (773 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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