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Ask the Expert: Get the funk out of your clothes & get a friend to run a 5k (not completely unrelated)

Our friends at Foot Traffic know their stuff. Whether it’s finding the right running shoe, the best jacket for our crazy weather, or just discovering a cool local trail to run, they’re the team to ask. Here’s our latest Q & A sesh:

Run Oregon: I’ve noticed my run gear is somewhat pungent after a run. Help!

Foot Traffic: Phew! Workout gear can sometimes hold on to a stink due to the buildup of odor-causing bacteria. Try out our Nathan PowerWash — it’s a concentrated detergent that removes the bacteria and the odor. Bonus – it even helps to restore wicking properties of technical fabrics! Another option is to try workout gear made from merino wool (like Smartwool running socks) – it’s naturally antibacterial and is less likely to hold on to odor.

Run Oregon: I want to get my partner/friend/teenager to try a 5k. How can I get them interested and what’s a good race to start them off with?

Foot Traffic: The key to getting your loved one interested is to keep it FUN and interesting! Some people think the idea of running 3.1 miles sounds completely crazy – you have to make it seem completely sane. Take them on a nice, easy, 1-2 mile run/walk and while you’re out there, talk about how beautiful the weather is, how pretty the flowers are, how AMAZING they are for being out there with you … butter them up with compliments and positivity!

We’re not above bribery either – tell them how amazing the race will be and about all the swag they’ll get. Better yet, sign them up for the Foot Traffic Flat on July 4! It’s a flat, scenic course on Sauvie Island and there will be STRAWBERRIES at the aid stations! We’ll also have really cool medals and strawberry shortcake at the finish, so there’s really no reason NOT to do it, right? Good! We’ll see you and your partner/friend/teenager there!

Got a question for the expert? Let us know!

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About Kelly Barten (1072 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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