Upcoming Races

I haven’t been blogging as much lately and a main reason is I haven’t been doing as much lately of the stuff I used to blog about.  However, things are starting to finally get settled down here in my new home of Oregon.  I’ve found a job and been working for about a month and here in the next couple of weeks I’m going to be looking for a permanent place to live.  In the meantime, life goes on!

Lisa and I have registered for a half marathon in December and our training started this week, which is one of the ways things are starting to get back into a routine.  Here’s a look at some upcoming races that I am either registered for, thinking about registering or just hoping to maybe sign up for.

November 16, 2013 – Cause and Event Portland:  This is a really unique event.  Rather than benefiting one major charity this race which includes a non-timed 5K, a timed 5K and a timed 10K supports 20-30 small local charities and the runners choose at registration which of the charities they are going to support, so your money goes to the charity you want it to go to! Lisa and I are registered for the 10K and we are supporting Camp Lutherwood, which is a camp down near Eugene which is for middle school and high school kids and Lisa takes her youth groups there quite often.  Not only do we get to help out people we know in person, but this will also be a really good “prep race” 4 weeks before our half marathon.

December 15, 2013 – Foot Traffic Holiday Half:  This will be my third half marathon of 2013 following up Disney and Kings Mountain to start the year.  This will also be my first race in the state of Oregon and my first half marathon with Lisa.  Very exciting! Training through the fall and winter will be an interesting ordeal with all the rain and cold, but it will just be part of the experience.  There’s a good chance it will rain on race day so might as well train in it.  I needed a training routine to get back into and signing up for a race is the best way to do that!

April 19, 2014 – Hip Hop Half Marathon: Foot Traffic sent me an email about this race and registration opens today.  I’m seriously thinking about doing it.  It’s a small race (1500 people) along the Marine Drive greenway, which runs right along the shore of the Columbia River.  A very scenic area of North Portland (even the airport is cool).  The one catch to this race is that Lisa won’t be able to do it with me.  It’s the Saturday before Easter and Lisa will be at the church prepping things for the Easter breakfast and other festivities the next day.  I may still do it, but I’m thinking about it.

May 18, 2014 – Rock and Roll Portland:  This race has been on my list since before I moved out here but I’m not sure if next year will be the year for it or not.  The Rock and Roll Seattle follows this race in June and there is a special medal for completing both of them in the same year.  Eventually I’d like to do the double.

July 4, 2014 – Foot Traffic Flat Sauvies Island Half: After playing spectator and sherpa for this year’s half I’m planning on running this one next year.  Lisa, Kyle and Laura all said it was an awesome, scenic course, with great support and of course strawberry shortcake at the end! Looking forward to this one!

Stay tuned! More races will be added to this I’m sure!


  • About Me

    I am a recent graduate in Food Science (NC State, 2009) and I work for a major food manufacturing company. I love food, but I can no longer eat anything that crosses my path. About 24 months ago I begin a serious struggle to get my obesity under control and reduce my chances of developing Type II diabetes. Since September of '09 I have lost 50 pounds and I still have a long ways to go. I've started eating better and exercising more, including taking up running.