We are lucky in Oregon, where there are many local running stores from Ashland to Portland and everywhere in between. We’re also lucky in that many of them host free group runs, help with races, and support youth and other cause running and racing programs. Foot Traffic, with four stores in the Portland area, is one of these stores.
If you like the group runs but want something a little shorter (hey, some of us have stuff do to on weekends!), check out Foot Traffic’s Sunday morning run. It runs from their Sellwood store (7718 SE 13th Ave) at 10a on Sundays, and offers routes from 3-6 miles for runners. They also map out routes of 1-3 miles for walkers, which is really cool because not everyone runs, but this way you can get all your friends out for some fitness.
These are free group runs and will utilize the lovely Sellwood/Westmoreland neighborhoods, run along the Springwater Corridor, and sometimes (when it’s not too mucky), the Oaks Bottoms Trail.
You’ll also want to mark your calendar for the Foot Traffic Event Expo. It will be held at their NW Portland store (13306 NW Cornell Rd) from 10a-4p on Saturday, February 10. On that morning, they’ll have a group run from that store at 8a, followed by a raffle. The first 75 people to RSVP (here, on facebook) for the run will get a pair of gloves when arrive at the group run. You’ll have time to grab a coffee before the Expo opens at 10.
The Expo will feature more than 50 events from race organizers offering special Expo pricing on their events. Foot Traffic will also have some sweet deals on closeout apparel and clothing!
In addition to races (like Foot Traffic’s own events, a ton of local race organizers offer deals), you can come get to know people from other running groups and multi-sport clubs. It’s going to be a fun day and a great chance to save money on your 2018 race calendar!