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Third Year is a Charm for Warrior Dash Oregon

Posted on: September 11th, 2012 by Guest Blogger 1 Comment

Tutus were optional.

The third year was indeed a charm for Warrior Dash Oregon as the mud got deeper and the weather cooperated for the estimated 17,000 participants on Sept. 8 and 9.

The 3.12-mile obstacle course on the Horning’s Fishing and Picnic Hideout property in North Plains was slightly different than last year, with an added challenge of logs to crawl under (through dirt, of course); and a full-on, waist deep, pudding-like mud pit to slog through. I ran through that part; it was an opportunity to send mud splatters in all directions!

The course, or what organizers referred to as “the battleground,” was again a challenging and fun way to spend a Saturday with friends. Though running with squishy, water-soaked tennis shoes up the steep slopes of Horning’s property was still tricky. All of this year’s run was for a good cause: funds raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

All the mud-caked warriors assembled at the after party, where the turkey legs (a.k.a. “meat sticks”) were delicious rewards and the beer was, well, free. And kudos to the cover band, which played everything from “Sweet Home Alabama” to “Just a Girl.” Indeed.

The run ended with "clean up time."

All finishers got medals!

Still Savoring Summer: Outings

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by Guest Blogger No Comments

As the days shorten and the temperature lingers at the 80-degree mark here in Oregon’s Washington County, I long for an extended summer–and intend to make one. How so? By scouring our event calendar for early September open-air happenings to mark on my own calendar.

I’m in luck. The final “Neighbors Night” at Cooper Mountain Vineyards wraps up its summer schedule on Friday, Sept. 7th, with free live music by Tim Uecker, a guitarist and singer/songwriter who blends folk, rock and jazz. This lawn concert is from 5 to 8 p.m., and I’ll bring a picnic, some friends and their dog (who are also allowed!).

An outdoor movie is always a memorable summer event.

Hopefully I’ll have time to ditch the dog and continue on to “Pix on the Plaza” in downtown Hillsboro that same night, Sept. 7th, when the movie Grease will be showing at dusk for free. With popcorn, hot dogs and candy for sale, I’ll again enjoy eating on a blanket while watching some entertainment.

The next day I’m signed up for the Warrior Dash race, which is returning for a third year to Horning’s Hideout in North Plains Sept. 8-9. After recovering from jumping over fire and rolling over logs, I’ll rest up for the next event: a Feast on the Farm dinner at Sungold Farm in Forest Grove on Sunday, Sept. 9. I’ll splurge for a ticket to this white tablecloth dinner highlighting local bounty.

I’ll end my week of late summer fun by heading to the Bridgeport Village Girls’ Night Out event Thursday, Sept. 13. From 5 to 8 p.m., there will be special “Passports to Style” to use for discounts at more than 40 stores and restaurants. Urban Outfitters and Finnegan’s Village Toys, here I come!

Join in these and other events in Oregon’s Washington County–browse our calendar of events!

Running Events Take Off: August and September

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by Guest Blogger No Comments

Warrior Dash and other runs provide plenty of challenge!

Now is the time to train for the fair-weather running events here in Oregon’s Washington County. Here’s a rundown of 8 upcoming runs in two summer months, many of which are open for registration:

Greater Portland Half Marathon
Saturday, Aug. 4
Choose from the half marathon, 5K or one mile fun run through the roads of Forest Grove, and back to the starting point at Pacific University. Register for this half marathon in advance.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life Run- Sherwood
Saturday, Aug. 4
This popular running event offers ample opportunity for participation in Washington County; more details about this one that’s at Sherwood High School.

Crawfish Crawl
Saturday, Aug. 11
Enjoy this “fast, flat and friendly” 5K, the majority of which is on a bike path. The Tualatin Commons Lake provides a refreshing and festive start/finish area for the race. Also, the Tualatin Crawfish Festival will be in full swing on the Commons and at Tualatin City Park.

Garlic Festival 10K & 2-Mile Run
Saturday, Aug. 11
Enjoy this 10K course along a scenic hilly loop around Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains as part of the annual Garlic Festival events. Or opt for the two-mile run/walk, which loops around the historic downtown area. Details.

Beaverton Fun Run
Saturday, Sept. 8

This second annual fun run is a 5K or 1 mile run/walk starting at Griffith Park then winding through through the city streets before finishing just ahead of the Beaverton Celebration Day Parade.

Warrior Dash Oregon
Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9

Welcome to the world’s largest running series. Warrior Dash Oregon returns for its third year to Horning’s Hideout in North Plains. (See last year’s rundown). This is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes, where 12 obstacles ranging from fire to log rolls in water pose a challenge along a 3.11-mile hilly, muddy running course. Waves of up to 500 participants will start at 9 am and every half hour thereafter throughout both days. Registration is $65 for Saturday and $55 for Sunday if you sign up prior to July 15.

Forest Grove Lions 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, Sept. 15

Enjoy a run through Forest Grove that is sponsored by the Lions and the college of Optometry at Pacific University.

Tri-Umph Adventure Triathlon
Saturday, Sept. 22

Tri-Umph is the first of its kind to combine the challenge of the off road triathlon and the excitement of a mud run. The entire race, which is at scenic Hagg Lake, is laced with obstacles that you might see at a mud run … except Tri-Umph has obstacles in the swimming and biking portions as well. Tri-Umph is a sprint distance (750 meter swim, 20k mountain bike ride, 5k run) where each leg will test and thrill you.


This is just the tip of the running event iceberg–our last running blog post outlined events here in June and July and we’ll have one additional post dedicated to area runs for the remainder of 2012. In addition, watch for our blog post outlining all the upcoming bike events!

Warrior Dash Wins Again

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Guest Blogger 1 Comment

Tires, junk cars and 9 other obstacles made up the course.

In its second year here, Warrior Dash Oregon was a fire-jumping success for the 15,000 participants on Sept. 10 and 11.

The 3.12-mile obstacle course on the Horning’s Fishing and Picnic Hideout property was reportedly tougher than last year, with bigger Douglas Fir logs to roll over in the water; giant poles to slide down; and ropes that required more muscle to foist yourself up and over barriers.The 94-degree heat meant–for me–the muddy slide into the water/lake obstacle was the most enjoyable out of the 12 required to complete the course, or what organizers referred to as “the battleground.”  Though running with squishy, water-soaked tennis shoes up the steep slopes of Horning’s property was tricky.

The best part? The finish line. How often do you spend 58 minutes overcoming obstacles and get rewarded with cheers, a medal, and an “I survived” T-shirt?!

Climbing up and over the bridge? No sweat. The hill before it? A lofty goal.

This is how warriors wash.

Hello, mud pit! Next up, barbed wire!

Warriors triumph!

Lace Up Those Shoes: Running Events Take Off

Posted on: May 10th, 2011 by Guest Blogger No Comments

The roads and paths of Washington County are dotted with runners nearly every weekend this summer, all of whom are intent on crossing the finish line.

Excitement is building for the unique blend of races here, which continue into October; there are enough varying lengths and terrain that runners (and walkers!) can select which race fits their style. I think Warrior Dash in all its muddy glory is just my speed, er, distance.

Here’s a rundown of upcoming events:

Family Fun Run
August 27, 2011
This 5K run/walk begins and ends at Griffith Park in Beaverton, just in time for the 10 a.m. Beaverton Celebration parade, followed by the Beaverton Old Town Festival. More info.

Labor Day 5K
September 5, 2011
This 5K run begins and ends at Cook Park in Tigard. With a start time of 8 a.m., participants could be drinking the beer from Max’s Fanno Creek Brewpub and the rootbeer by 10 a.m.! Registration before September 3 is just $20 per person. More info.

Warrior Dash
September 10 & 11, 2011

Though this race is a mere 3.18 miles, don’t let the short distance fool you; the mud pits and barbed wire, log roll and fire element on the hilly grounds of Horning’s Hideout in North Plains make this a mucky run of epic proportions. The finish line festival includes live music and a beer garden. Good times. More info.

Forest Grove 5K
September 17, 2011

This annual jaunt, presented by the Forest Grove Lions Club and Pacific University, is a 5K run & walk “for sight,” as funds raised go toward scholarships for optometry students at Pacific, as well as glasses for those in need. This fun run kicks off at 9 a.m.  Register by Sept. 10th to get the discounted rate. More info.

Regatta Run
October 22, 2011

This 5K run/walk kicks off the day’s festivities at Tualatin Commons Lake, and is billed as “flat and fun”! More info.