Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!
First the running:
- Waterfront Loop
- This is the obvious place to start. If you get there early and find street parking, you can easily head across the river on the Steel Bridge and hit up the popular loop.
- Willamette River Greenway Trail
- While this may basically be an extension of the Waterfront Loop, I consider it a different route altogether. I always find myself heading out this way when I’m in town. It’s primarily right on the river (aside from a few detours), and is a lot quieter than the Waterfront Loop section. It will take you just a little bit past the Broadway Bridge before ending (which will eventually – hopefully – be near the site of the new MLB Team in Portland!). Either pull an out-and-back or head over to Lovejoy and run through the Pearl before returning.
- Interstate to Mississippi brewery tour
- If you are looking to explore (and perhaps sample a few beers), consider heading NW on Interstate and connecting up with Mississippi. You will be able to check out Upright Brewing (right across the street from Moda), Labrewatory, Widmer, McMenamins (White Eagle Saloon), Ecliptic, and Stormbreaker. And depending on which way you return, you can also check out Lompoc, Hopworks Bike Bar, and Ex Novo (all on Williams or within a block or two).
As a runner, I am very typically listening to music while I run. There are even some songs that, whenever they come up on my playlists, I am transported to a time and location that I always associate with said song. Even outside of the running sphere, the same thing is true of certain musical artists. So when I heard about the Gods of Summer Tour with these three specific bands, it was like a whirlwind of emotions – as they each hold an emotional attachment in my brain and heart.
I won’t bore you with the details of each, but the breakdown is as such. Third Eye Blind takes me back to middle school/early high school, in what felt like the first real “rebellious” music I ever listened to (them and Weezer’s Pinkerton album). Most people associate Jimmy Eat World (or JEW) with their hit-laden album The Middle, but when their Futures album came out in 2004, it was one of two albums (along with Anberlin’s Never Take Friendship Personal) that ended up bonding me with my college roommate, a relationship that hadn’t really consisted of much up until that point. It forged a friendship that had us travelling up to Portland numerous times per month to catch the latest alt-rock shows. And though I was aware of Ra Ra Riot as early as 2008 (with their The Rhumb Line album), 2013’s Beta Love was a singing and dancing favorite for me and my oldest daughter when she was 4 years old. To this day, she can sing every line to their song “Dance with Me”. That album is essentially my first “cool dad” moment and something I hope I can continue to share with her.
Click below for a link to some of my favorite songs from each of these great bands!
Needless to say, this concert is right up my alley. Shows kick off June 14th in Los Angeles and lands at the Moda Center shortly thereafter on June 18th. It finishes it’s dates on August 3rd in Irvine, CA.
I was lucky enough to recently chat with Alex LeCavalier, bassist extraordinaire for Third Eye Blind, and running enthusiast for a little interview!
Run Oregon: I hear at least a few of you guys in 3eb are runners! How long have you personally been running for?
Alex: I’ve been running for a little over a decade, I started with the intention of losing weight, but found it to be really relaxing and fun.
RO: You guys embark on a 35-date show this summer, spread out in less than 2 months. Do you guys ever have time to get in runs to explore the cities?
A. We do actually get to enjoy a lot of down time during the mornings and afternoons, and as a group we like to wander around the cities looking for the good coffee, museums, parks, etc. Part of the tour routine is running – it’s a great way to get a feel for a city in a short amount of time and just a great way to stay energized on the road.
RO: What is your favorite city/location/trail to run?
A. I love running in my home city of West Seattle. There’s a beautiful park about a mile away from my place, [where when] running on the beach you look out onto the Puget Sound and a few yards away there are steep incline hills with a rain forest vibe.
RO: Have you ever competed in any races? If so, do you have a favorite?
A. I’ve run a couple of half marathons but they were years ago. I hope to sign up for one when I get a better grasp on our fall touring schedule.
RO: What are your running shoes / brands of choice?
A. I’ve been running in Brooks shoes for years, but just last year started mixing it up a little bit with some Nike Flex shoes. I dig how light they are.
RO: Do you have a running playlist or band who you listen to when you are running?
A. I am always changing up what I run to, but some constant bands are TV on the Radio, Death From Above 1979, The Meters, Delta Spirit, and At the Drive In…
Many thanks to Alex for taking some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us!
Portland Tour Stop:
- June 18, 2019
- Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
Cost: Purchase tickets here:
- Parking fees TBD (take public transit if you can!)
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