Run Oregon Community Bloggers
Run Oregon “runs” on community bloggers.
Our community bloggers volunteer their time and running experience to share news and information with other runners. Therefore, we love them!
If you are interested in sending us a guest post, please do so here.
Kelly Barten created the Run Oregon blog in February 2006. She lives in Beaverton, Ore. with her husband and daughter. Her “real job” is doing marketing for an education company. Kelly has put on two events of her own – the Hagg Hybrid Marathon and Half Marathon and the 2015 Joe Dudman 5k. Kelly also serves on the Oregon Road Runners Club board.
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and two 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.
Our regular bloggers:
Brian Bernier – Brian resides in McMinnville and has been a competitive runner since the age of 13. He completed one marathon at the youthful age of 18, but prefers scenic 5 and 10K distances, the faster the better. (Admin note- If you can keep up with Brian you are doing one heck of a job!). He qualified for and ran in the Boston Marathon in 2016.
Joe Dudman – Joe is a Portland native who has been running and racing off and on since he was 15, and has contributed to the RunOregon Blog since 2007. He has run eight marathons, but prefers shorter, faster races, and has run an incalculable number of 5Ks, his favorite distance. He especially likes to write about his personal running experiences and share his insights on racing, in the hopes that readers will be inspired, amused, or recognize something about themselves in his posts.
Meg DuMez – Meg joined a gym in February 2010, after a “Come to Jesus” moment with the scale in the middle of the night. With some friends encouragement, she participated in her first 5K that summer (Starlight Run), first 10K that fall (Race for the Cure), and first half marathon a year later (Helvetia Half). Once Meg completed her first Portland Marathon, she was hooked. Meg runs several days a week with friends, or with podcasts and soundtracks, and loves the challenge of lining up at a starting line. When she is not running, Meg works in higher education and writes about running, social justice, theology, and random stories that keep her up at night (https://startinglinemiracles.wordpress.com).
Mindy Harp – Mindy is an Oregon native and lives with her husband and two young boys. She has always been a runner, but ran her first marathon in 2014, 8 months after the birth of her first son. Since then, she has run numerous races and is currently training for her second marathon in the fall 2018. Mindy also enjoys paddle boarding, soccer and downhill skiing. When not running, she is found coaching her son’s soccer team, helping run a renovations company, and keeping up with her active boys.
Geli Heidelberger – Geli became a regular runner after moving to Oregon in 2007. She has run many 5k’s, a handful of half marathons, and most every distance in between, but her favorite distance is the 10k. She enjoys scenic routes, and is happy to sacrifice time in favor of enjoying the experience.
Abby Meek – Abby was raised in Tigard, Oregon and moved to Denver, Colorado in 2007. While in Colorado she ran her first 5K, which led to a 10K, which led to a half-marathon. Abby moved back to her native Oregon in mid- 2015 and has since completed more 5K’s, 10K’s and another half-marathon. Abby feels that any distance she completes is an accomplishment and hopes to impart that feeling to others, while running more 5K’s, 10K’s and half-marathons.
Nikki Mueller – Nikki is an Oregon native who hated running until she was nearly 30 years old and decided it was time to get off the couch and get out the door. She ran her first marathon in 2006 and has never looked back. She is the mother of two very active sons (another great reason to be a runner!) a fitness instructor, and a running coach. She’s also active on the school board at her son’s school, loves writing and drawing (when she has time which is NEVER) and enjoys beer, chocolate, and life’s other small pleasures when she’s not out on the road or a trail somewhere.
Julie Mullins – Julie is a 41 year-old runner from Dallas, OR. She is married to Jerry (also a runner) and they have three kids (one who will run with them on occasion). She works full time at West Valley Hospital/Salem Health and runs as often as she can. She ran in High school, but as an adult she picked it back up again in 2008. Since then, she have completed 13 full marathons, numerous 5k, 10ks and 15k, as well as 2 Ultras and over 25 half marathons. Her big goal over the years has been to get a BQ. Finally at Eugene 2018, she accomplished just that! She organizes a local running group called ZaoFit (info can be found on Facebook). She LOVES running with others – it is what keeps her motivated to stay consistent and to keep dreaming big.
Bobi Jo Ousnamer is one of those masochistic ultrarunners who likes to run far for no reason. It started innocent enough with training for a trail 10k, then a half marathon, then a challenging 25k. A few months later she ran her first 50k and her runner’s high was undeniable; the progress addicting; the capabilities of the body and mind truly astounding. In her normal human life, she works with kids and parents involved with the foster care system, is a novice rock climber, an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and a book worm.
Drew Roberts – Drew has been a runner for all of 7 years (since 2011) and has discovered the joy of ultra-marathons and all things trail running related. His favorite race fuel is coffee and bacon. He lives, runs and writes from his home in Central Oregon. Keeping him grounded is his amazing wife and 2 great kids. Drew is also a marriage mentor and a worship leader. You can follow him on Twitter, by searching @drewsoped, find him on Facebook, or running on nearly any trail throughout Central Oregon.
Annette Vaughan – Annette is a runner, owns her own personal training studio, and is a former race director. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She believes that our bodies were designed to move and the more we move, the better we feel. In addition to running; she enjoys obstacle course races, kayaking, biking, and just being outside doing things!
Tung Yin – Tung is a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School by day, and runner much of the rest of the time. He got off the couch in January 2011 and has been obsessed with running ever since. Sometimes he manages to combine running with his other obsession (TV) by streaming videos while on the treadmill.