On Sunday I ran my 40th race of 2014, the Energy Events Champoeg Half Marathon! I had a really tough time due to the heat, and ran slower that I'd planned, but it's really a nicely done event and it was nice to run somewhere new. Can't complain about the beer or sweet medal either! Check out the official race recap on the Energy Events Blog!
Northwest Personal Training's 8th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure is LESS THAN ONE MONTH AWAY! This will be my fourth year participating in this wonderful and inspiring event, and I have to say that it's truly one of my favorites. Over the past seven years, they have raised over $300,000 dollars and inspired thousands of women. I am so excited that they've added some really neat things to this year's event :D
Race name: Girlfriends Run for a Cure
Date and time: Sunday, October 12th, 2014 @ 9:00am
Events and price:
Half or quarter marathon (women-only) $80
Pink Brigade Guys--one of 50 philanthropic men who agree to pay, sponsor someone or raise a minimum of $500 to register and run Girlfriends Run for a Cure
Kids marathon $30
Location: Northwest Personal Training; 1011 Broadway; Vancouver, WA
Number of runners: Capped at 3000
Beneficiary: Susan G Komen for the Cure; The Children's Center
Swag: Women's-cut tech shirts; a necklace placed on you by a fireman; chocolate; cupcakes; massages; post-race food, beverages; goodie bags; AND MORE!
Course: A 6.55 mile (Quarter Marathon) or 13.1 mile (Half Marathon) mostly flat and scenic course traveling along historic Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, the Columbian Riverfront and more.
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com
Lastly, I want to add that Coach Ron Homer is a Pink Brigade Guy raising money for Susan G Komen for the Cure! I'm so proud of him for doing this. If you are one of the next four donors to make a Pink Level donation of $100 on Coach Ron's GoFundMe Pink Brigade page, he will make you a customized three-month training plan AND also a customized medal holder! Any donation helps though--even $1.00!!!
I'm very lucky to be able to work with Uberthons and participate in their events--their races tend to be on the smaller side, and encourage runners and walkers of all abilities, while still putting on a professional, good quality event. I had been looking forward to Uberthon's Oregon Marathon & Half Marathon because this year's event started/finished at Mt. Angel's Oktoberfest, and I had never been there! I also love the concept of a race that switches locations every year to highlight different parts of Oregon.
And then I heard about Cause+Event Portland. Cyndie and Amy are the amazing race directors, and I couldn't help but get excited about their event too! Their enthusiasm was pretty contagious. And I love that C+E benefits ANY 501(c)3 cause that a participant chooses!
So there were two AMAZING but incredibly different races... and I wanted to be involved in both. So I decided to run the Oregon Half Marathon, while also doing the virtual Cause+Event race (unlike some virtual races, C+E allows any type of run/walk, whether it's outside, at another event, or on a treadmill!) Here I am, double-bibbing it. Party in the front, party in the back.
Race name: The Oregon Marathon & Half
Date and time: Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Events: Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay
Location: Mt. Angel, OR
Number of runners: 800
Race name: Cause+Event Portland
Date and time: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Events: Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Virtual race
Location: Bethany Village; Portland, OR
Number of runners: 500
Beneficiary: Any 501(c)3 of your choice! I chose Solemates.
Race name: Pints to Pasta
Date and time: Sunday, September 7, 2014 @ 8:00 am
Events and price: 10k run/walk $49
Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory; Portland, OR
Number of runners: 1800
Race name: Warrior Dash Oregon
Date and time: Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7, 2014
Event: 3.2 mud/obstacle race (untimed unless in the "Compettive" heat)
Location: Horning's Hideout; North Plains, OR
Number of runners: Not known
Beneficiary: St. Jude's Medical Research Hospital
The official race recap of Gateway to the Gorge Half Marathon is up on the Energy Events blog! It was a challenging race for sure, and made my legs a lot more tired than I had expected--the first half of the race had a lot of uphill. Still, a great event with a beautiful course, awesome friends (including Solemates volunteering at an aid station!), and I'm stoked to add another medal to my collection :)
Race name: Sunriver Marathon for a Cause
Date: Saturday August 30th & Sunday August 31st, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014: Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, Kids Race
Sunday, August 31, 2014: Marathon, Half Marathon
$91 for the Half+Half challenge
Location: Sunriver Resort; Sunriver, OR
Number of runners: Fewer than 200 for each half marathon
Beneficiary: Oregon SW Washington Affiliate of Susan G Komen
Oh my gosh. It's taken me a week to do this race recap because it's so hard to condense an epic experience like Hood to Coast into just one blog post!!!
Race name: 33rd Annual Hood to Coast Relay
Date and time: Friday and Saturday August 22-23, 2014
Events and cost: Hood to Coast relay (197 miles); Portland to Coast Walk Relay; Portland to Coast High School Challenge
Location: Timberline Lodge (Mt. Hood, OR) to Seaside, OR
Number of teams: 1,050 teams (each team has 8-12 runners)
Beneficiary: Optional fundraising for Providence Cancer Center.
Known as "The Mother of All Relays", HTC is the largest relay in the world, hosting a capped team limit for the past 23 years, and has filled on "Opening Day" of registration for the past 16 years! There are 1,050 teams. HTC is also the longestrunning relay event in Oregon and hosts the largest beach party on the west coast!
Run or walk Pints to Pasta, a beautiful award winning downtown Portland 10K. Park at The Old Spaghetti Factory and ride the $5 Bill Benowicz Shuttle to North Portland for the start of the race. Enjoy the downhill start to the famous Widmer Brothers Brewery, across the Willamette River, along the river front pathway finishing at The Old Spaghetti Factory. After your hard work, treat yourself to complimentary pasta, salad, and bread, but don’t forget the delicious Widmer Beer. Pints to Pasta donates a portion of its proceeds to Boys and Girls Club of Portland. You may register on race day, however you will incur an additional premium fee and we will not guarantee any specific race shirt/sizes.
Race name: Pints to Pasta 10k
Date and time: September 7 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Events and cost: 10k $49 "introductory pricing"
Location: Old Spaghetti Factory; 715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland, OR 97239
Number of runners: Not known; unsure if capped. Last year ~1700 people participated.
Beneficiary: Boys & Girls Club of Portland and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's TEAM IN TRAINING
Swag: Tech t-shirt and finishers medal, as well as post-race pasta, salad, bread, and Widmer beer (usually 2)! There will also be an Italian-themed costume contest, live music, and fun times post-race!
Parking: Because it's a point to point course, it's recommended that you carpool and park south of the Old Spaghetti Factory and pay the $5 to take the shuttle bus to the start.
Course: The point to point course has been downhill/flat and fast!
I love this race. It's a fantastic event, perfect for newbies because of the swag and awesome atmosphere and easy course, and also perfect for experienced runners who appreciate a well organized race!!!
YOUR CAUSE, OUR EVENT. Cause + Event Portland is a fun community event designed to raise money for the charity of the runner's choice. Join us in Bethany Village on September 13, 2014! Our "hillaceous" course winds in and around the gorgeous Bethany neighborhood. All C+E events are chip timed, except for the free kids fun run. Events include a 5K walk, 5K and 10K run and our signature event The Hillaceous Half Marathon. There will also be a free kids fun run, our Amazing Race Expo and The Best Race After Party Ever featuring our favorite band Hit Machine!!
Race name: Cause + Event Portland
Date and time: Saturday, September 13, 2014. Schedule of events available here.
Events and cost:
The Hillaceous Half $70 ($30 directly to your cause + finisher medal)
10k Run $30 ($15 directly to your cause)
5k Run/Walk $30 ($15 directly to your cause)
The Training Plan 20 $80 ($40 directly to your cause)
Virtual Run $30 ($15 directly to your cause)
**This event will be wheelchair, stroller AND dog-friendly this year!!!
Location: Bethany Village Centre; 4708 NW Bethany Blvd; Portland, OR 97229
Course: The course will traverse the rolling hills of the Bethany neighborhood on paved park trails in Portland.
Number of runners: Capped at 1000. Less than 200 spots remaining as of 8/27/14!
Beneficiary: This unique events lets you choose any beneficiary, as long as they're a 501(c)3 charity registered with Guidestar!
Packet pickup: September 12, 2014 from 3pm-7pm. Location TBD.
Swag: AWESOME unisex Nike tech t-shirt, finishers medals for Hillaceous Half participants
Awards: Cause + Event Portland will award a special something for our overall first, second and third place winners, male/female, masters male/female and 39 and under male/female in the 5K,10K and Half Marathon runs.
Post-race activities: There will be tons of sponsor and nonprofit booths at the expo, Hit Machine will be rocking out,
Volunteers: If you'd like more info about volunteering, click here!
I was already committed to running the Uberthons Oregon Half Marathon on 9/13, but I just HAD to reach out to Cause+Event to partner with them this year! Race Directors Amy Ridenour Little and Cyndie Burke Pelto are amazing people who are passionate about supporting charities and about having an amazing event. They've raised an incredible amount of money and I truly appreciate their event's focus on being affordable, local, small and FUN.