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Run with a Friend: 2020 Pacific Northwest Marathon (anywhere you live)

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Pacific Northwest Marathon has teamed up with area runners to collaborate a fun option for those that were planning on running the race September 19th. Of course we would rather all be together like years past, but there are still many “good” things we can choose to focus on during this time of change and “no races.” 

We can still run! Races or no races, we can still lace up and step outdoors for a run at any time. If you don’t feel safe to run outside, there are treadmills available in many of our homes and most gyms are now open with treadmills available. We can indeed run together. Although large gatherings are a negative, we can still meet up with a few friends to run. We can run, laugh and be healthy together both physically and mentally. I know a run with my friends helps me control my stress levels, helps my mind to clear and helps my body to feel better. If running with others isn’t your thing, you can still run alone and nobody can stop you. 

I want to encourage you, on September 19th, if you were planning on running the PNW Marathon, choose a route of your own and run it. You can run alone with your own thoughts or with a few friends. It can be a 5k, half or full marathon distance. Take photos of your run and even time yourself. Don’t forget to get creative. Take some fun selfies, pick a new route. If in the area, maybe you even run the PNWmarathon’s route. It’s a beautiful flat route. After you’re done, post your run over at PNW facebook page and don’t forget to use tags #PNWmarathon #pacificnorthwestmarathon #runwithafriend We can still spread the joy of running and help encourage others. 

Run on friends, run on!

Find Pacific Northwest Marathon on Facebook here. Feel free to ask questions and of course, post those photos on September 19th and leading up to the event as well.

Are you in the Salem, OR area and want to Run with a Friend on Sept 19th with a group? Contact PNW Ambassador (and Run Oregon blogger) Julie Mullins over at ZaoFit here for information on group runs leading up to the event and day of. We run in Dallas, Salem and Monmouth area every weekend together. You can also contact ambassador Erica Manzo over at Fitness with Studio Fuego as she has a group in Independence that runs together every weekend as well. There will be ambassadors in other areas too. If you aren’t in the Salem area, message Pacific Northwest Marathon and ask about a group in your area or put one together yourself!

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Ambassadors Julie and Erica with Tonya on a Saturday training run in Dallas

About Julie Mullins (94 Articles)
I am a 41 year-old runner from Dallas, OR. I am married to Jerry (also a runner) and we have three kids (one who will run with us on occasion). I work full time at West Valley Hospital/Salem Health and run as often as I can. I ran in High school but as an adult, started running in 2008. Since then, I have completed 13 full marathons, numerous 5k, 10ks and 15k. I've run two Ultras and just completed my 31st half marathon. My goal is the get my BQ in 2018 at Eugene Marathon! (Pinch me, I DID IT!!!) I also organize a local running group called ZaoFit (on facebook). I LOVE running with others - it is what keeps me motivated to stay consistent, and to keep dreaming big.

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