We are lucky in Oregon, where there are many locally-owned running stores in towns from Ashland to Portland. We’re also lucky in that the owners of these stores aren’t content with “just” selling shoes … they consider it their privilege to offer group runs, help with races, and support youth and other cause running and racing programs.
Eugene Running Company is one of these stores. ERC has been an award-winning store in the running capital of the world. However, they don’t let the accolades go to their head and stay true to their locally owned and operated roots. In addition to selling a bunch of great gear, they offer free treadmill analysis to make sure you get the shoe that is right for you and free injury consultation if you need some basic info on what you are dealing with. In addition to all that, they also have a variety of long run options throughout the week. Here is some info:
The Monday Night Run (6pm): This is the perfect way to get a week started right, and Eugene runners agree (it’s ERC’s most popular group run). There will be host groups that will take participants on distances from 3-7 miles. Expect to tour different variations of the popular TrackTown areas (Alton Baker Park/Pre’s Trail &Willamette River Bike Path).
The Beginners’ Coached Group Run (Tuesdays 6pm): This one of ERC’s newer runs and is geared towards those who are looking to start working up to a 5k, or for those who are returning to running after a break, holiday, or injury. In addition to just running, coaching will also be provided as runners work up to one of the local 5k’s. These last 6 weeks (and start 6 weeks prior to the selected 5k).