- Stick with what you know. Whether it's food or clothing or shoes, treat a relay like any race when it comes to new things--DON'T DO IT. There's a chance it might end up fine, but when you're going to be stuck in a van for about 30 hours with no sleep and don't know when you'll see another store for supplies, you're better of sticking with what's tried and true. You want to be as comfortable as you can, both mentally and physically, because a relay has so many more variables than a regular race.
- HAVE FUN!!! Having fun is why we do relays, right? Remember this, even when it's dark and scary, or the porta potties are extra stinky, or when you're tired and cranky and your feet are blistered--THIS IS FUN! Every time I've done a relay, I swear and curse and wonder why I run at all, and question my sanity for running a relay... and yet I just manage to get sucked back into the FUN year after year! :)
Hood to Coast is just twoooo days away!!! Can you believe it?! I made a list a few years ago, but this has been revised as I've run more relays :) Before we get to the actual packing list, a few caveats and bits of advice:
Race name: Clackamas County Fair 5k
Date and time: Saturday, August 17, 2014 @ 7:30am
Events and cost: 5k $29
Location: Clackamas County Fairgrounds; Canby, OR
Number of runners: 143
Beneficiary: Not specified. The event website says: "A portion of the registration fee will support kids . . . a college scholarship, PTO organizations, or a Kids Health program at a hospital."
I haven't done this race yet, but am hoping to run the Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash for the first time the Sunday after Hood to Coast! I love doggies, running, and beer, and I've worked with kids with Autism, so this is an event I'm very excited about and hope to be able to participate in!
Race name: Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash 5k and 8k
Date and time: Sunday August 24, 2014
Events and cost: Register online or at packet pickup
$40 5K run/walk* at 10:30 am
$40 8K run/walk* at 10:40 am
Shirt sizing and availability not guaranteed to those who register after August 12th
$8 Kids' Half Miler without a shirt
Location: Mt. Tabor Park; Portland, OR
Number of runners (capped?): Not known.
Beneficiary: Autism Service Dogs of America
Packet pickup: Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00am-3:00pm at the NE Foot Traffic location (4020 NE Fremont)
Swag: Tech t-shirt (not guaranteed after 8/12); beer, snacks, live music!
Course: Click here for details.
This 8k, 5k and kids half miler is a great event for everyone! No dog necessary, just bring yourself or some friends and take part in one of the coolest events around, in one of Portland's most amazing parks! Enjoy great food, cold Lagunitas Brewing Co beer, tasty food and live music! Have fun with friends while benefiting Autism Service Dogs of America. Bring everyone for this fun, family-friendly event!
So...there was this one time that I thought that running a 10k, and then a Spartan Race in the same day was a good idea. It wasn't.
Race name: Spartan Race - Pac West Sprint
Date and time: Saturday, August 2, 2014. Various start times.
Events and cost: $70
Location: Washougal Motocross Park; Washougal, WA
Events offered: Sprint, Kids' race
Number of runners: 4611
Beneficiary: Challenged Athletes Foundation
Race name: Crawfish Crawl
Date and time: Saturday August 2nd, 2014 @ 10:30-10:50am start times
Events and cost: Half Marathon, 10k, 5k $55
Location: Tualatin Commons Lake; Tualatin, OR
Number of runners: ~500
Race name: Huckleberry Half Marathon & 10k run/walk
Date and time: Saturday, August 9th, 2014 @ 7:30 and 8:00 am
Events and cost: Half marathon $52-69; 10k $32-39 *use code GOTEAM for $5 off
Location: Welches Middle School; Welches, OR
Number of runners: capped
Beneficiary: Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp
Swag: T-shirt, free pictures with Sasquatch, tons of delicious post-race food (donuts! fresh local berries!). Half marathon finishers receive a rustic wood Big Foot medal.
If you love to run and admire Oregon's natural beauty, you won't ever want to miss the 2014 Huckleberry Half marathon and 10K! A quintessential Mt. Hood experience, the route is mostly a large loop on all-paved flat and rolling hills. Six miles of the half marathon leads runners beyond the border of the National Forest road to the turnaround at the Green Canyon trailhead—with scenery of the Salmon River, campground and bridge all along.
It's time for the second annual Huckleberry Half & 10k run/walk! I participated in this race last year, and thought that it was really well done and very fun (although a few 10k speedsters were misdirected by volunteers, and ended up running extra miles, they were offered free entries to this year's race). Last year all participants received a wooden Big Foot medal, but it looks like this year only half marathon finishers will receive one. There will also be a BEER GARDEN this year!
I really love that this year's race will benefit Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp, a cause that's near and dear to my heart! My high school (Jesuit H.S.) required that all students did two weeks of community service prior to graduation as part of being "men and women for others", so I decided to two weeks volunteering at Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp as a junior counselor for kids and young adults with disabilities. It was two of those most challenging and most rewarding weeks of my life. I am so incredibly impressed by the work that Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp does, and am so happy to see a race that I love benefit a charity that I love!
It's been a week since Ragnar, and I'm just now getting this posted. Honestly, when it comes to an event like a relay, it's hard to capture the essence of it, and even harder to describe ALL of it! So if you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
The Trail Nuts have run the Hood to Coast Relay the past four years--it was our first relay, and until this year, the only relay that any of us had tried. After four years, we decided that it would be good to branch out and get a different relay experience. We asked around, and so many runners loved Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage that we decided to give it a try.
Race name: Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage
Date and time: Friday July 18th through Saturday July 19th, 2014
Registration fee: $1320 per team
Location: Blaine, WA to Langley, WA
Events offered: 12 person team, 6 person ultra team, 12 person high school team
Number of teams: approximately 600
Beneficiary: It Ain't Chemo; ALS Association Evergreen Chapter
Team name: Trail Nuts (team #108)
Van 1: Den, Tom, Juliet, Dave, Lilly, Mike
Van 2: Chris (captain), John, Rene, Pat, Joy, ME!
Team product sponsors: Zico Coconut Water, Onix Sports, and Trail Butter
This was my first time EVER running the Fueled By Fine Wine Half Marathon!!! It was CRAZY hilly (more like hiking than running for me), but a BEAUTIFUL course. And the wine tasting afterwards was fantastic! Check out my race recap on the official Energy Events blog.
Also, I got to run as part of Elk Cove Vineyard's team, "The Herd," which was super fun to be a part of, and we had an awesome post-post-race BBQ and wine tasting out at the vineyard as well.
Race name: Lacamas Lake Half Marathon & 5k
Date and time: Sunday, July 27th, 2014 @7:30
Events and cost:
Half Marathon run/walk $55-75
5k run/walk $35-55
Kids Dash $8-10
Location: 4th & Cedar, Downtown Camas, WA. Course maps available here.
Number of runners (capped?):
Beneficiaries: Camas High School, Girls On the Run, Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) and the American Cancer Society.
Swag: Tech t-shirt (gender specific), finishers medal, one free beer from Mill City Brew Werks, bag check
The course will have a hill at the start and then it’s flat running to the lake. The moderately challenging course picks up with the old course in that you’ll do a full loop around Lacamas Lake. This route eliminates two of the major hills from prior years and then provides for a very fast finish as you’ll run down Dallas drive into downtown Camas with a finish right in front of Liberty Theater.
I haven't run this race since 2011 (way back before this event had beer!), and I'm excited for all of the changes! The event t-shirt and matching medal and Mill City Brew Werks beer are definitely good reasons to take on this somewhat challenging course. Fortunately this year, they've changed it so that you get the brutal hill out of the way early (if you've been to any of the Mill Ciity Brew Werks Pub Runs with Fit Right, you know what hill I'm talking about!!!). The trail around Lacamas Lake is one of my absolute favorite places to run, so I'm really looking forward to this event.
If you haven't registered yet, you have until 5pm today to register online! Otherwise, stop by packet pickup to get signed up:
Want to be a volunteer? Click here to contact Race Director Dave Sobolik!
Race name: Red White & Blues
Date and time: Sunday, July 6th, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Events and price: 10k $45; 5k $35; kids race (?)
Location: Tom McCall Waterfront Park; Portland, OR
Number of runners: 850
Beneficiary: $10 of every registration benefits the Oregon Food Bank