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From the Heart: Jenn & Ron

April 23, 2016 // 1 Comment

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh The Bend Marathon is Sunday, April 24th and I’m sure [read more...]

From the Heart: Norberto Roman

February 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Soldiers hold a special place in my heart. They endure so much, sacrifice more than people can comprehend and allow me, and my boys, to enjoy the luxuries of a free county. Unfortunately, so many of these heroes develop conditions that last well [read more...]

From the Heart: Greg Mitchell

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Luck doesn’t get you to the Olympic games.  You can’t wish your way onto the podium. You can’t buy it or hope for it. It’s not enough to dream about it. Luck didn’t get me to London. I swam there.”  ~Ryan Lochte I don’t [read more...]

From the Heart: Angie Gerber

February 4, 2015 // 4 Comments

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~Martin Luther King Jr. So many of us dread birthdays and, I have to confess, I celebrated my [read more...]

From the Heart: Kerry Loehr

December 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending’    ~ Maria Robinson  One of my favorite things about running is the people it brings into your life. I love the Gorgeous Relay guys [read more...]

From the Heart: Joleen Skarberg

October 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger’ ~Friedrich Nietzsche I’ve loved the Girlfriends Half Marathon for years and am embarrassed to say I had no idea who was the woman behind this run. I’m not talking Sherri McMillan, [read more...]

From the Heart: Elaine Lane

October 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

‘The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.’  ~John Bingham The last gift Elaine Lane received from her dad before he passed away was a race entry, so there was no way she was going to skip [read more...]

From the Heart: Bob Hammitt

September 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

With the 13th anniversary of September 11th this week, Boston registration opening and the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, I’ve thought a lot about Bob Hammitt. My favorite part about the Foot Traffic Marathon on Sauvie’s Island [read more...]

Meet the Robinsons

September 1, 2014 // 2 Comments

I’m sure you all know people who you consider “pillars” in the running community. I know several people like that. There are two that I find so delightful that I decided to do a blog post about them. Steve and Michelle Robinson both started [read more...]

From the Heart: Johnny Harr

August 26, 2014 // 4 Comments

I have no problem coming up with a list of reasons to skip a workout if I’m not in the mood. For Johnny Harr, he has a valid excuse, but refuses to use it. At 36, Harr was training for a 35 mile endurance run in Montana and started experiencing [read more...]

From the Heart: Joe Dudman

June 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

I’ve admired Joe Dudman for years and it’s not because he once ran 84 races in a single year, or that he’s earned 540 race shirts, while both are impressive, but he’s an amazing athlete and my admiration has only grown after getting to know [read more...]

From the Heart: Robbin Bryant

June 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou I first heard about Robbin Bryant last year at the Vancouver USA Marathon.  Active and athletic his entire life, Bryant was [read more...]

From the Heart: Whoirun4

May 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

There are more times than I’d like to admit that I’ve put off heading out for a run. I’m not one of those people that can’t wait to lace up and hit the pavement and many, MANY times I’ve had to just suck it up and go out, with zero [read more...]

From the Heart: Andie Proskus

March 31, 2014 // 11 Comments

Andie Proskus discovered she had a muscular disease her sophomore year at Beaverton High School. What started with her hunching over, turned out to be a neuromuscular disease that made walking painfully difficult. A weakening of the muscles, also [read more...]