Find a Group Run: Eugene Running Company

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).

Sunday Run: Community Group Run (9am): This is where the longer distances start. However, don’t expect it to be elitist, as it is geared for runners of all abilities. There will be a map available each week from shorter distances up through heavy mileage.
Eugene Running Company’s Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon Team (Saturdays 730pm):If you are looking for a little bit more intensity, then this may be right up your alley. This is an 18-week program with lots of extremely valuable information to get you ready for the 2018 Eugene Marathon. Though it does come with a cost ($125 for 4 months of training for Eugene Marathon or $85 for 4 months of training for the Eugene Half). However, participants will get a training schedule, advice, and even aid stations on the group runs – not to mention free team uniform shirts and store discounts.
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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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