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.

First Thursday Urban Adventure Runs Presented By Fit Right – Begins March 7

February 25, 2013

From Press Release –

Join Portland’s most popular FREE group run happening the First Thursday of each month (March – September 2013).  With an average of more than 600 runners in attendance, this unique and groundbreaking event allows you to go for a test run in various brand shoes and listen to awesome music by DJ Raj!  FREE BEER!  Yup, after you’ve visited all of your checkpoints to collect raffle tickets, you can enjoy a beer in their beer garden, mingle with sponsors and get ready to win one of over $3,000 in prizes given away each night.

For more information about the Fit Right First Thursday Urban Adventure Run, visitwww.fit-right-nw.com/1st-thursday.html

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Hesch and Bak Take 2012 Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon Titles

September 2, 2012

From Press Release –

Christian Hesch, of Hollywood, CA and Natalie Bak of Bend, OR enjoyed perfect running conditions in the Willamette Valley on their way to their first Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon victories today.  Hesch ran a 1:06:37, to beat out Aissa Oghoughi of Vancouver, WA (1:07:05) and defending champion Mario Mendoza of Bend (1:08:53).  Bak, who finished 2nd last year, completed the scenic 13.1-mile course in 1:19:23, defeating Lauren Johnson of Portland, OR (1:19:31) and Korina Pongracz-Bartha of Portland, OR 1:21:53.  Bak and Hesch received $500 in cash, a Riedel Decanter trophy and Double Magnum of wine from Ken Wright Cellars.

Nearly 1,500 runners traveled from 40 different states and seven foreign countries to the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country in the Willamette Valley.  The race started at Stoller Vineyards, as the sun was rising over Mt. Hood to the east and the moon setting to the west, providing spectacular views for the runners.

Hesch built a strong early lead but had to “kick it into gear” after Oghoughi mounted a strong challenge at mile 11.  “It was an incredible day and an incredible course,” Hesch said.  “It rivals any wine country scenery I’ve ever run through.”

It was beautiful out there, I loved the run and Destination Races does a great job,” said women’s winner Natalie Bak.  “I’ll definitely be back next year.”

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is the fourth of five events in the Wine Country Half Marathon series.  Produced by Destination Races of Sonoma, California, the Wine Country Half Marathon series also includes events in Santa Barbara Wine Country, Napa-to-Sonoma, Healdsburg and Loudoun County, Virginia.  For more information visit www.destinationraces.com or www.run4oregonwine.com.

Results (full results can be viewed HERE)

1.  Christian Hesch, Hollywood, CA — 1:06:37
2.  Aissa Oghoughi, Vancouver, WA — 1:07:05
3.  Mario Mendoza, Bend, OR — 1:08:53

1.  Natalie Bak, Bend, OR — 1:19:23
2.  Lauren Johnson, Portland, OR — 1:19:31
3.  Korina Pongracz-Bartha, Portland, OR — 1:21:53

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon Gears Up for Year Three

August 29, 2012

From Press Release –

Thousands of runners, wine enthusiasts, sponsors and spectators will converge at the finish line of the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, presented by Subaru, in the “great little town” of Carlton on Sunday, September 2nd. Now in its third year, the race is one of the most scenic half marathons in the country, and features four days events beginning on Thursday at Sports Authority in Beaverton.

Two-time defending women’s champion Carre Heineck is returning to attempt to win her third-in-a-row.  The 30-year-old Portland resident set the women’s course record last year at 1:18:44 and looks to better that mark in 2012. “The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is a big, competitive race, but it doesn’t seem like it, because people are so friendly and supportive,” comments Heineck in a brief moment between being a full-time middle school teacher and the mother of a two-year-old. “It has a great community feel to it. At most big races, you never really talk to the other competitors, but at this race, everyone hangs out. Last year, I met Eva Vail, who finished 3rd and now we’re friends and we train together.”

The 13.1-mile race starts at Stoller Vineyards and winds through scenic Yamhill County in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine region before finishing on North Pine Street in Carlton. A Wine & Music Festival, awards ceremony and other activities follow the race in Carlton. New for 2012 will be the Winery Team Challenge, in which local wineries field teams of runners and compete for the winery trophy.

According to Matt Dockstader, the Event Director, two course changes and new elements such as the Winery Team Challenge have been added to enhance the event experience. “Oregon has such a strong running community which is even evident within the wineries. Many of them pull together teams to compete in the race, which gave us the idea to incorporate this challenge into all our races. It gives it a fun, local flavor, although we draw from all over the country.”

Each race participant receives a specially designed technical running shirt, colorful finishers medal with a wine-stopper and corkscrew, plus a Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir wine glass and entry into the post-race Wine & Music Festival, where 24 wineries and one brewery from the region will be pouring.  Additional glasses and tickets for the festival can be purchased for friends and family.

With so many people visiting the Willamette Valley before, during and after the event, local businesses thrive. “On that weekend, we are extremely busy, especially on race day,” bristles Retta Carl, co-owner of Cielo Blu Restaurant in Carlton. “We get not only the race participants, but also the event staff, the volunteers, and the friends and families that come to watch the runners cross the finish line.”

The Health and Fitness Expo is held on Saturday September 1st from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, and is free and open to the public. Under the wings of the Spruce Goose, the expo features exhibitor booths, seminars, wine tasting and packet pickup for registered runners, plus discounts on other Evergreen attractions. Other ancillary events include early packet pickup at Sports Authority in Beaverton on August 30th, a welcome reception on August 31st at Grand Cru Estates, a pre-race dinner and a post-race wine tasting tour.

Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano will be guest speakers at the Expo. Adam was a 2000 US Olympian in the 10,000 meters and co-authored “Running the Edge” with Catalano. He is also the husband of Kara Goucher, who will compete for the US in the marathon in London.  KGW news anchor Laural Porter is registered to run the race with her daughter and will speak at the pre-race dinner.

The primary beneficiary of the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is Carlton Together Cares, a non-profit organization that operates the Carlton Community Center and develops programs for youth and families in the Carlton-Yamhill area. They are largely focused on providing youth with useful roles in the community, and safe and healthy activities.

Registration for the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is still open and can be accessed through the event website, www.run4oregonwine.com. A team competition with six or more runners is offered, in addition to a 2-person relay.  The race is part of a series produced by Destination Races, who also produces Wine Country Half Marathons in Napa-Sonoma, Healdsburg, Santa Barbara and Virginia. For more information on the series, visit www.destinationraces.com.

AA Sports Congratulates Hood to Coast Athletes with Finish Line Party

August 28, 2012


You have been stuck in a van with your sweaty, sore and tired friends for over 20 hours. The only reprieve is to get out and run. You braved the elements, dark, hills, dust, smoke and granola bars. What is the first thing you want when you reach the beach? A PARTY!

AA Sports knows how to celebrate. We have organized the Hood to Coast Finish Line since 1990. AA Sports plans, maps, sets up and tears down the area. Once again, this year thousands of runners, walkers and volunteers participated in the 2012 Hood to Coast Relay, Portland to Coast Walk Relay and Portland to Coast High School Challenge. The event concluded on the beach in Seaside, Oregon, with music, beer, food, team photos and a lot of fun!

In addition to the finish line, AA Sports managed the start line and timed the event. Start times varied, but the 12th runner on each team wore a timing chip that tracked their place. An awards ceremony was held Sunday morning.

AA Sports is proud to be a part of Hood to Coast. Congratulations to all the participants who make the race the “Mother of All Relays!”

Got any crazy stories or photos from Hood to Coast? Share them on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/aasportsltd

Official Race Photos – FinishShots.com

Weekend Race Preview: September 8-9

August 27, 2012

Aluminum Man Triathlon is Saturday, September 8, at Riverfront Park in The Dalles, OR. This event offers an Olympic and Sprint Triathlon. The swim takes place in the Columbia River, where the water temperature is expected to be 65-70° F. The bike course has gentle rolling hills and the run is flat and follows along the river.

Olympic Triathlon Start: 9:00 a.m.

Sprint Triathlon Start: 9:30 a.m.

Course maps and information: http://www.racecenter.com/aluminumman/


Seattle Swim Across America is Saturday, September 8, at Lake Washington in Seattle, WA. This is a charity timed swim event to raise funds for local cancer research. The race begins at Mercerwood Shore Club on Mercer Island and swim under the I-90 Bridge to Luther Burbank Park. The event offers a 2 mile and 0.5 mile distance swim.

More Information: http://www.swimacrossamerica.org


Pints to Pasta is a 10K run on Sunday, September 9, in downtown Portland, OR. This is a fast, fun race with Complimentary Old Spaghetti Factory Pasta and great tasting Widmer Beer at the Finish and Live entertainment! The run starts at 8:00 a.m.

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Hood to Coast – 1 Week to Go!

August 17, 2012

Hood to Coast is only a week away! Are you ready for the world’s largest relay?

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the 199-mile relay race from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon. For 2012, there will be 1,050 teams totaling 12,600 runners, along with 3,600 volunteers to make it all happen. The event also includes the Portland to Coast Walk Relay and Portland to Coast High School Challenge.

Since 1990, AA Sports has been involved with Hood to Coast. We will be there to time, manage the start and finish lines and host the Finish Line Party!

The relay starts Friday, August 24, at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Waves start at 6:30 a.m. and continue through 6:45 p.m. Teams of 12 alternate through 36 legs ranging between approximately 3.5 and 8 miles.


Hood to Coast finishes on the beach in Seaside, just north of the Broadway Avenue turnaround. Join us for the finish line celebration where there will be entertainment, food, drinks and fireworks! The Brian Odell Band and Hit Machine will keep the party going through Saturday evening.

Remember to come back Sunday morning for the awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

For the latest updates, follow Hood to Coast and AA Sports on Facebook –



Have Fun, Get Dirty and Save Lives at the Pineapple Classic 5K – August 18

August 16, 2012

ALOHA! If you want to have fun in the sun this weekend, come to the second annual Pineapple Classic in Portland! Simply Put: It’s a 5K team race with obstacles along the way. Celebrate at the end with a Hawaiian luau and beer garden! Have Fun. Get Dirty. Save Lives. Saturday, August 18th!

It’s a fun, Hawaiian theme obstacle course race. After the race, there’s a luau with a Hawaiian plate lunch, beer garden and music! Compete for speed or just for fun. Have a blast while helping to save lives!

Register online at: www.pineappleclassic5k.org

All participants receive:
– Long Sleeve Pineapple Tech Tee
– Deschutes beer (21 and over)
– Hawaiian plate lunch
– Lei at the finish line
– Unforgettable memories!

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, August 18th at Pat’s Acres in Canby, OR. Bring your flip flops, beach chairs, and beach towels to enjoy the festivities.

The start line is open from 9:00 to 10:00 for those competing for speed and from 10:30 to 11:30 for those competing for fun! Don’t worry – we will explain it all when you register!

Register individually and form teams of two, three or four in single-gender or co-ed teams. You will need your team members to help complete some of the obstacles! Prizes will be awarded to the fastest teams in all categories.

All funds raised through the event will support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.



Team Athena’s Run Uganda to Benefit AUCF – September 15

August 15, 2012

Come join the women of Team Athena, a Portland-based running group, for a 37-lap relay race that will raise awareness and funds to support the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund (AUCF) and their work in the northern Ugandan village of Awake. All proceeds go directly to AUCF to assist them in operating the health center they have constructed and to support 37 children who were orphaned after years of civil war.

Julius Achon is founder of AUCF and a Portland-area resident who went from child soldier kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army to two-time track Olympian to humanitarian. He now works to assist the people of his village who are in the midst of rebuilding after Uganda’s civil war, where the devastation caused by the LRA has only been magnified by years of poverty. People in his village who suffer from diseases, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and women who are in labor, are burdened to walk 42 miles to the nearest medical facility for costly treatment. Achon’s goal is coming to fruition, and the health center is scheduled to open late this summer. However, the center is still in need of medical equipment, medications, and supplies. This is where we can all help!

Please gather your friends, families, and co-workers to form a relay team (no limit on team size) to take part in this fun event! Each participant will sign-up individually, listing their team name on their electronic entry form. Each team determines how many laps their various legs will run to complete the 37 lap goal within a 4 hour window.

There will also be raffle tickets available for sale at the event with great prizes!

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