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Ask Miles Anything: New routes and volunteering

Meet Miles!
This cute little guy is the new mascot for Foot Traffic, one of the most well-respected running stores in Portland and SW PDX. Each month we will be doing an AMA with Miles (stay tuned to our Instagram) and posting his responses here!

Q. I’m tired of my usual routes. Can you give me a few suggestions for new ones? Maybe 5 miles, 10 miles?

A. Lucky for you there’s so many great places to run! My favorite place is Forest Park — the Wildwood Trail is 30 miles long so you can pop in anywhere and get as many miles as you’d like. Try starting out at Lower Macleay Park and climb up to Pittock Mansion (6 miles out and back) or pop on the trail at any other trailhead! Another great option is the Springwater Corridor, a paved bike path that runs 40 miles long. If you’re looking to get out of Portland, try running out at Lacamas Lake in Vancouver, WA where there’s 300 acres of beautiful paths and waterfalls (bonus points if you stop by our newest Foot Traffic store in Vancouver!). If you’re still looking for more routes, try running with one of our local group runs- you might just find a new favorite place to run! Check out the Foot Traffic website for more info!

Q. At my last race, a volunteer totally saved me from getting lost. I’d like to give back to the running community, what are some good ways to volunteer or some non profits with supporting? 

A. We love volunteers at all of our events! It’s a great way to give back and help others have an awesome day. If you’d like to volunteer at a specific race, check the race website- most will have a “Volunteer” tab where you can sign up or contact someone to get involved. We’re always looking for awesome volunteers to help out at packet pick ups, water stations, and events that we host year-round, and there’s a lot of awesome races out there that would love your help too. We also love Girls on the Run, a great program that helps girls build confidence and leadership skills while training to run a 5k, and they need volunteers too. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a great time helping others reach their goals!

Thanks Miles! See you next month!

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About Matt Rasmussen (1357 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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