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Strava Segment & Running Meme of the Week: Rocky Butte West Climb

This week’s SSOTW is one where I especially look like the little girl on the bottom.

It’s a hill climb, which may not always be pretty but will always make you a stronger runner.

It’s the Rocky Butte West Climb, and it’s a 1.32-mile segment with a 5% average grade, gaining almost 350 feet and some amazing views in the process. It’s also pretty popular, with 261 people recording a total of 832 attempts so far. The route starts at the bottom of NE Rocky Butte Rd at NE 92nd Ave (near the connection with NE Fremont) and zig-zags up to the top.

The people who have done it the fastest are Paul Balmer (7:36 from May 2018) and Christina Overbeck (10:02 from June 2018). Those are some smoking fast times on that climb, but remember – Strava will give you kudos as well when you run a new top-ten time on any given segment.

You can join Strava for free and if you do, be sure to join the Run Oregon Strava Club! It’s just a virtual club where you can receive and give kudos to other runners, like Dan Chapman, who has logged a total of 104.5 miles this week, or Leah Brown, who ran a training run at my 10k PR pace of 8:15/mile (great job, guys!).

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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