If you want some company for your long run this Saturday, here are two options in the Portland metro area. Both are free, open to everyone, and offer a welcoming and supportive environment whether you’re an old friend or a new face.
Portland Running Company’s Saturday long run takes place every weekend from their downtown store at the east end of the Morrison Bridge, located at 800 SE Grand. The run starts at 8a, you will want to arrive by 7:45 to use the restroom. Allow 5-10 minutes to find street parking and walk/run to the store, as well. You shouldn’t have any problems finding a spot, but that way you won’t feel rushed. The route will be announced at the run, but you can count on 10-12 miles with the group.
Coach Jim’s Long Runthis Saturday will start out from Pizza Roma in Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood. The address of the shop is 4715 SE Woodstock, and the run will start at 8a. There is parking on the streets around there, and they do have a small parking lot as well. You’ll be able to use the restroom at the restaurant before the run, so again, try to be there by 7:45a. The pacers will lead two loops, the first one of four miles and the second of six miles, for a total of 10 miles. The first loop is a lollipop that will tour some beautiful historic neighborhoods and run the east edge of the Eastmoreland Golf Course, and the second is an out-and-back to the entrance of Mt. Tabor Park. Be sure to check out Coach Jim’s facebook page, where you can RSVP and connect with other runners.