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Ask the Expert: New Route Suggestions and Try Volunteering

Our friends at Foot Traffic know their stuff. Whether it’s planning how to ramp up mileage, a better way to recover, or find the right sports bra, they’re the team to ask. Here’s our latest Q & A sesh:
Run Oregon: I’m tired of my usual routes. Can you give me a few suggestions for new ones? 

Cumberland Trail, Forest Park, Ore.

Lucky for you there’s so many great places to run! One of our favorite places 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 climbing up to Pittock Mansion (6 miles out and back) or jump on the trail at any other trailhead!

Another great option is the Springwater Corridor, a paved bike path that runs 40 miles long from the east side of the waterfront all the way past Gresham. If you’re looking to get out of Portland, try running out at Lacamas Lake in Vancouver, Wash. 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!
Run Oregon: 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? 
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!
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About Kelly Barten (1049 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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