2017 News & Features

Hill Training: Speedwork in Disguise

September 14, 2017

In 2008, I returned to Bighorn 100 for the third time. I had managed to grab my first win in a 100-miler in 2005, and was somehow lucky enough to repeat the performance in 2006 while knocking down the course record. But based on the competition, I knew a three-peat would be a tall order. From the start, I spent the first 40 miles in a group of four other runners. One being Patagonia teammate, …more »

Gold Medalist Joan Benoit-Samuelson To Highlight 40th Running Of Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon

September 7, 2017

NAPA, California, August 14, 2017—Joan Benoit-Samuelson, winner of the first-ever women’s Olympic marathon in Los Angeles in 1984, will be the featured guest at the 40th running of the fabled Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon the first weekend of March 2018. Long one of the pioneers of women’s running and a well-regarded spokeswoman for the sport of long-distance running, Joanie plans to attempt to set a world age-group record for 60-year-olds at the Kiwanis Club …more »

Salem River 2 Ridge Relay Launches on September 17th

September 5, 2017

Looking for something new and exciting to do this fall?  Travel Salem in partnership with Breakaway Promotions is excited to announce the launch of the Salem River 2 Ridge Relay on September 17th, 2017.  This exciting multisport event will showcase the beauty of downtown Salem, Willamette River, Willamette Valley and Silver Falls State Park to participants from across the Northwest as well as the country. RaceCenter readers get 25% discount using coupon code RC25. Participants will …more »

Weekend Getaway: Pacific City

September 5, 2017

The Oregon coast doesn’t have the allure of white sandy beaches or warm water, but with rocky outcroppings rising out of the ocean and powerful waves crashing onto the shore, a trip to the Oregon coast is enticing in its own unique, awe-inspiring way. “The beautiful beach with Haystack Rock is a majestic view to welcome our riders as they cross the finish line,” said Bryan Mayo, Regional Director of Special Events for the American …more »

Get In the Spirit at the Holiday Half & 5K

August 23, 2017

If you could dream up the ideal holiday bash, complete with local microbrews, hot chocolate, and hearty soup, not to mention a DJ playing your favorite holiday hits – could you imagine this spectacular party mashed up into a half marathon and 5K? Well, Foot Traffic of Portland did and it’s been a hit ever since. Here’s why you should jingle all the way to the Holiday Half and 5K in North Portland on Sunday, …more »

A Match Made in Heaven: Craft Beer and Running

August 12, 2017

The pairing was so obvious, so natural that we couldn’t resist. The Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K Race Series is the intersection of running and craft beer – a match that became irresistible as the popularity in both has soared over the past several years. Runners have always loved the challenge of training for and completing a race and then indulging in their favorite post-run treat. With a mouth-watering array of beer styles now readily available …more »

Join Reed College 5K FUNd Run/Walk for Neighborhood Schools

August 3, 2017

RAISING MONEY FOR SOUTHEAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Portland, Ore (August 2, 2017)—Lace up your sneakers and join the annual Reed College 5K FUNd Run/Walk on Saturday, September 16, to support southeast Portland’s elementary schools. One-hundred percent of the registration fees go directly to Duniway, Grout, Lewis, Llewellyn, and Woodstock. Fundraising is a vital component of any school’s budget. Last year’s event raised more than $40,000, helping more than 2,000 children. “Organizing a FUNd Run/Walk for neighborhood …more »

2018 Eugene Marathon Registration Officially Open

August 1, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. – Registration for the 2018 Eugene Marathon in now officially open. The race will be held Sunday, April 29, 2018. Next year’s Marathon will mark the twelfth consecutive running of the event and returns to the original 2007 race date—April 29. Runners will finish on the track at Historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. “We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the twelfth Eugene Marathon in 2018,” said race director …more »

Strength Training for Endurance

July 25, 2017

One thing I often hear myself repeating to beginning runners is “running alone does not give you the strength to run well.” This is something I’ve come to firmly believe after 25 years of running, and often spotty self-rehab and strength training. I believe that runners trying to push their bodies to new and higher levels, whether that’s completing your first 5K, hitting your half marathon PR or running a 100-miler, need to be well-rounded …more »

Fuel: Lessons From A Year Not Running. Part II: The Psyche

July 11, 2017

In my last article I chronicled what I learned about my body after a year off from running. This issue, I’m diving into the inner-workings of my psyche and how I managed my mind without running. The Grey The internal battle. The voices in my head. The rollercoaster of emotions. Even in my most stable of days I still experienced the grey. It’s not like I had all that much to be upset about. Sure …more »