RaceCenter Northwest Magazine – April/May 2013 Issue Now Available

March 26, 2013
March 26, 2013

April/May 2013

RaceCenter Northwest Magazine is also available DIGITALLY, compliments of the 8 Track RelayClick here to check out the current issue online.



NUTRITION, by Adnan Kadir
NUTRITION, by Matt Hart
TRAINING, by Max King
PRO’S CORNER, by Chris Bagg
THE DIRT, by Jeff Browning

Opportunity Knocks for Those in Search of Mountain Biking Adventures in the Northwest in the Months Ahead

March 18, 2013

From Press Release –

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours offers a full range of tours starting with half-day and one-day trips to Bike & Brewery Weekends and multi-day adventures. Learn about the natural history of the area and make new friends on a tour customized for each guest. Cog Wild’s guides have many years of experience riding in Central Oregon, prepare scrumptious, nutritious meals and are known for entertaining tales.

Cog Wild is also a supporting sponsor of Central Oregon’s Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival. In addition to offering transport of participant’s bikes to the swim/transition venue at Wickiup Reservoir on race weekend (for a fee), they also have ongoing bike tours and shuttle service available for those venturing to east of the Cascades for Pacific Crest, or any other time during the coming months.

The trails surrounding Bend, Sunriver and Sisters are perfect for riders of all levels from beginner and family up to expert level. Each tour is paired with riders of similar level riding experience to ensure a great trip. Bike rentals and pick up in Sunriver is available. Interested guests are encouraged to call Cog Wild or look at Cog Wild’s website for details.

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours is owned by Melanie Fisher and Lev Stryker, two experienced mountain bikers pooling their talents to create fun, once-in-a-lifetime adventures perfect for riders of all levels. “I have mountain biked in many places across the globe, and Central Oregon has some of the most amazing trails I have ever seen. There are few places you can choose from a 10 mile, 30 mile or even 100 mile route and still never cross your tracks once” shares Melanie Fisher. Central Oregon is home to a huge network of cross country trails crossing through forests and meadows complete with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains. “One of my favorite rides takes you through Happy Valley where I am still waiting for Smurfs to appear from behind rocks as you cross little streams and fields of flowers, all the time surrounded by huge mountains.. it is a surreal experience,” continues Melanie.

Cog Wild is a supporter of COTA, the local Trail Alliance that ensures a wonderful riding experience by keeping the hundreds of miles of trails in perfect riding order every year. Many guests coming to Central Oregon are overwhelmed by their choices in where to ride, and this is where Cog Wild comes in. Guests can share with Melanie and Lev what type of terrain and riding experience they are looking for, and the owners of Cog Wild can help them choose a tour to fit their needs. “Guests always leave us tired and with a big smile, the usual feedback is that their time riding with us was the highlight of their visit to Central Oregon” explains Lev.

To contact Cog Wild please call 541-385-7002 or 866-610-4822 or find them at www.cogwild.com.

Bakers Dozen Half Marathon Series Announced for 2013

January 16, 2013

From Press Release –

BakersDozen_logoThe Baker’s Dozen Series is comprised of 13 Half-Marathon events that are produced by Northwest-based organizations (AKA “Home Baked Miles”).  These events give back to their local communities in numerous ways, including support of local charities, children’s programs, high school sports programs, as well as health and fitness initiatives across the Northwest.

This series of races have been selected to showcase locally owned and produced races, which will include a series championship (Pacific Crest Half Marathon) as well as other participation perks to be announced.  Check out the Bakers Dozen Series website for more details about the series points, and how you can qualify for the Bakers Dozen Medal.

Reminder: Black Diamond Triathlon, Duathlon & Half Marathon is September 15 – 16

September 7, 2012


Summer might be ending, but you have one more chance to get a race in at Black Diamond, September 15-16, in Enumclaw, WA. This two-day festival of events includes a Long Course Triathlon and Endurance Duathlon on Saturday, as well as a Half Marathon, Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon on Sunday. Sign up now to get the best entry fee!

Leave the city behind and enjoy the great outdoors as you swim, bike and run through scenic Nolte State Park. Located just 40 miles from downtown Seattle, the 117-acre park is largely forested and has over 7,000 feet of shoreline that surrounds Deep Lake.


Long Course Triathlon – 1.2 mi Swim, 56 mi Bike, 13.1 mi Run (9:00 a.m.)
Endurance Duathlon – 56 mi Bike, 13.1 mi Run (9:15 a.m.)

Sprint Triathlon – .5mi Swim, 11mi Bike, 2.8mi Run (9:00 a.m. wave start)
Tri-iT (Novice) Triathlon – .25mi Swim, 11mi Bike, 2.8mi Run (9:00 a.m. wave start)
Olympic Triathlon – 1.5k Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run (9:00 a.m. wave start)
Olympic Duathlon – 40k Bike, 10k Run (9:15 a.m. time trial start)

Half Marathon – 9:05 a.m. (mass start)


The triathlons start with a swim in crystal clear Deep Lake. We recommend you wear a full-body wetsuit as the water temperature is expected to be around 65 degrees. This safe swim course has medical support on hand if necessary.

The bike courses are on nicely paved country roads over some rolling hills. Enjoy views of the Cascade Mountains as you ride along the route. There is very little vehicle traffic and intersections are monitored for your safety.

The run portion of the Olympic Triathlon is on quiet county roads, with a finish on a wide, unpaved nature trail that circles the lake. For the Sprint and Tri-It distance, the run is entirely in the park. The Long Course Triathlon/Endurance Duathlon run and Half Marathon finish on a wide dirt trail that circles the lake. The course has flat to gentle rolling hills.

This is a great way to spend the weekend. Each day will include finish line food, music, awards ceremony, and above all, fun and camaraderie! Each participant will receive a Black Diamond commemorative shirt, goody bag and finisher’s medal.



Portland Retailer Foot Traffic to Open Fourth Store in March 2012

March 5, 2012

From Press Release –

Foot Traffic, Oregon’s Running & Walking stores, is VERY excited to announce plans to open their fourth retail location at 7718 SE 13th Ave. in the heart of the Sellwood/Moreland neighborhood. This will be the specialty running, walking, and footwear company’s fourth store in the Portland Metro area. The store will feature what is suspected to be the nation’s only 9.5 foot, 2,500 pound running Sasquatch chainsaw carving, made out of a single giant Cedar tree. The first unveiling of this locally crafted permanent art installation will take place on their grand opening date of March 24th. The store will also feature a 30-foot-wide map of the Oaks Bottom trails and the Springwater Corridor.

The retailer feels the atmosphere, activity, and layout of the Moreland/Sellwood neighborhood is a perfect fit for their community-based business model. Store co-owner, Sean Rivers, is excited about the opportunity to add another positive dimension to the Sellwood/Westmoreland/Eastmoreland/Milwaukie neighborhoods. “Foot Traffic was founded on hyper-local, community-first business practices and we can’t wait to start giving back to the neighborhood. And with the Springwater Corridor, Oaks Bottom and, Westmoreland Park all nearby, this is one of our staff’s favorite areas to go for a run!”

Whether it’s training programs for beginners, youth coaching for children, all-comer track meets for all ages, or directing competitive, certified half marathons and road races, Foot Traffic will have something for ANY and ALL abilities of runners and walkers in the Southeast Portland area. Their primary goal is to encourage community-togetherness via an active, healthy lifestyle, regardless of experience. It is through these active & collaborative methods that Foot Traffic has been able to raise and give back nearly a half million dollars to the community since they opened their first store. It is their hope that they can continue this outreach and involvement within the Southeast Portland community.

More information on Foot Traffic and their grand opening events can be found at www.foottraffic.us.

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