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!
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!
I have been SO EXCITED about Doggie Dash ever since I heard about it, so I was stoked for the opportunity to run it, even though it was the Sunday after Hood to Coast! I recruited my friend Ardara to join me, and her dogs Maverick and Country.
Race name: Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash
Date and time: Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 10:30 am
Events and cost: $40 5K run/walk; $40 8K run/walk; $8 Kids' Half Miler without a shirt
Location: Mt. Tabor Park; Portland, Oregon
Number of runners: ~270
Beneficiary: Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA)
Join us for a group run like no other this year! On August 14th come and walk the red carpet, enjoy local food and drinks, kick back with some popcorn and enjoy a short movie premier featuring the launch of the New Balance 880v4 shoe. We will head out for a short group run at 6pm with 880 demo shoes available then come back to socialize, eat, drink and watch the magic happen. Plus, no premier event would be complete without a raffle for some free swag! Hope to see you there! Come dressed to run (3 easy miles).
I'm a sucker for the words "free" and "group run" and "catered snacks" and "beer" and "swag" and "shop local" and "raffle," especially when they're all used together to describe one event!!! Yesterday, Fit Right NW had a release party for the New Balance 880v4 at their Vancouver store, which is awesome because usually these types of events are held at the Fit Right NW Portland store (YAY for events in the Couv and NOT having to deal with P-town traffic!!!) Also, I love New Balance and have gone through several pairs of the 870v2's and 870v3's, and needed to get in a run anyway!
So, I arrived with Ardara and Ron at Fit Right around 5:30 and there was a red carpet and velvet rope, and NB backdrops, and a DJ playing music as you walk in! Ardara and I totally took advantage of the sweet photo op. Around 6:00 they played a video from New Balance discussing the new 880v4 shoe model... It did have some cool info, such as the fact that the 880v4 is only being released in running specialty stores--you won't see it in big box stores or online discount retailers. I think it's really cool that New Balance is supporting local running stores by doing this. The video was kind of long though, and we all were antsy to just get our run on. They had a short 3 mile course set up and even had mile markers. It was kind of muggy and I didn't have a particularly great run, but I was excited to hang out and eat snacks!!! There was plenty of food from Shut Up and Eat PDX: green salad, pesto pasta salad, a bunch of different kinds of sandwiches, and cookies. It was all very delicious, and there was also a nice variety of beer and wine as well. People hung out and chatted, and there was a raffle for lots of fun prizes (Fandango movie tickets, Fit Right gift cards) and it was a great time! I thought there was a really great turn out (and I'm always happy to see tons of my running friends!!)
Fit Right has lots of events coming up at both locations (Portland and Vancouver)! Click here for a list of FR events on Facebook :) This event was totally free to attend, and it's awesome that Fit Right hosts these events for the local running community.
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