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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Gabriel Park 5k is this weekend!

Greetings, Gabriel Park 5k Participants!

The Gabriel Park $5 5k is coming up this weekend, which means it is time to answer all of your questions about the big day! The race will begin at 9am on Sunday, July 13th at Gabriel Park, which is located at SW 42nd and Vermont. The 1k kid’s fun run will begin at 8:45am and is led by our friends from Foot Traffic. Check-in begins as early as 7:30am and will close at 8:45am.

To be prepared on race day, we offer a bib pick-up day on Thursday, July 10th at Southwest Community Center from 4-7pm. SWCC is located at the corner of SW 45th and Vermont. We would love to see you come out to spin our prize wheel and test your luck at winning one of our fun new prizes. If you can’t make it on Thursday, you will also be able to pick up your bib on the morning of the race!

On race day, street parking and use of the parking lots is acceptable. However, we also highly recommend using public transportation (Bus #44) and carpooling or biking to our events. Make sure to visit our course map page for a view of the Gabriel Park 5k map.

Race day amenities will include:

  • Free rock wall climbing on our 30 foot portable rock wall

  • Balloon animals

  • Face paint

  • Photos from our friends at North Clackamas Photo

  • Finisher ribbons for all participants

  • 1st through 3rd place medals for several age categories

  •  Pre/post-race snacks

  • Water

Please see our FAQ page for other popular questions about the race and feel free to contact us if you still have questions. 

See you at Gabriel on Sunday!

The Temperature is Rising...

It looks like the sun has finally arrived this summer, which means more running and less worrying about rain and grey skies. However, when the weather gets too hot, precautions and alterations need to be made to your running regimen because running in the heat is HARD WORK! Jenny Hadfield of Women’s Running Magazine shares some tips on how to avoid injuries and how to make the most of runs during summertime heat.                                                    

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 Dress the part.

Wear loose-fitting clothes, a visor, sunglasses and sunscreen.

 Take a break.

Keep your body cool by adding one-minute walk breaks every five minutes during your long runs. As you become stronger, shorten or skip the breaks.

 Perform long runs on a loop.

Repeat a short, 30-minute-ish loop course. In one spot, leave a cooler with cold fluids, ice cubes, fuel and a dry towel. Stop at your station during every loop to keep your core temperature in check.

 Run with an ice-dana.

Wrap a bandana around your neck and stuff the back of the scarf with ice cubes. Refill with ice every time you reach your cooling station.

 Run indoors.

On extremely hot days, consider running speed workouts on an indoor track or treadmill. You will reap the full benefits of your workout without the heat cramping your style.

 Be flexible.

Modify your workouts if needed. An easy workout is better than overexerting yourself or not running at all.

 Acclimate with hot yoga.

These classes are a practical way to prepare for the heat while improving strength and flexibility. Schedule them at least two days before or after your long runs to avoid fatigue and dehydration.

 Pay attention to your body’s stress signals.

If you feel dizzy, lightheaded or experience cramping, stop running and seek shade. Carry your phone so you can call a friend to pick you up in an emergency.

We hope that these tips are helpful and can be implemented as you train for the Gabriel Park Race!

The Lents 5k is Almost Here

Good Morning, Runners!

The second 5k of the season is now less than a week away, which means it is time to get those last few training runs in before the big day. The Lents Park $5 5k race is on Sunday, June 15th starting at 9am and the 1k kid’s fun run will begin at 8:45am. Check-in begins as early as 7:30am and will close at 8:45am.

In order to be prepared for race day and avoid the line, we will be offering pre-race bib pick up at Mt. Scott Community Center on Thursday, June 12th from 4 to 7pm. Mt. Scott Community Center is located at 5530 SE 72nd Ave and we will have our tent set up across the street from the gas station at SE 72nd and Harold. Come spin our prize wheel for your chance to win one of our new prizes from the $5 5k Series and Portland Parks and Recreation. You can also pick up your bib on the morning of the race.

On race day, street parking and the parking lot located near SE 92nd and Holgate is available, but we highly recommend using public transportation (Bus #17), carpooling, or biking to our events. Make sure to visit our course map page for a view of the Lents Park 5k map.

Lents mapRace day amenities will include:

  • Free rock wall climbing on our 30 foot portable rock wall
  • Balloon animals
  • Craft activities
  • Photos from our friends at North Clackamas Photo
  •  Finisher ribbons for all participants
  • 1st through 3rd place medals for several age categories
  • After race snacks

Please see our FAQ page for other popular questions about the race and feel free to contact us if you still have questions. 

See you all there!

Lost your Motivation? No Problem.

motivation to runIt happens to all of us. The excitement surrounding running all of a sudden becomes the biggest burden on your to-do list. It’s raining, you don’t feel like driving to the gym or you are absolutely exhausted from a long day at work. Whatever the reason, lacking motivation to run hits hard and getting back into running seems close to impossible. Here are some tips from Jeff Galloway of Runner’s World about how to conquer the lack of motivation and overcome the obstacles of putting those dusty Nikes back on your feet.  

YOU FEEL: OUT OF BREATH
BEAT IT: If you can't talk in full sentences, you're going too fast. Run one minute, walk one minute for 10 minutes. Shift to a 2:1 run/ walk ratio for the next 10 minutes. Do whatever you feel like for the final 10 minutes.

YOU FEEL: LIKE STOPPING
BEAT IT: Starting out too fast can lead to a sudden increase in muscle waste products that can make you feel sluggish. Head out slowly—and remember, no pace is too slow.

YOU FEEL: TIME-PRESSED
BEAT IT: Multitask: Run on a treadmill while you're waiting for a meal to cook or the clothes to dry, or run in circles around the playground while the kids play.

YOU FEEL: BORED
BEAT IT: Establish a mission for every run. Run to get a cup of coffee. Do a few accelerations in the middle of your loop. On measured paths or trails, try to run a few seconds faster every mile. Run your regular loop backward, loop through different neighborhoods, or call up a buddy to join you.

YOU FEEL: FRUSTRATED
BEAT IT: Once a week, warm up, then run four laps around a track. Time yourself. Set a goal to beat the time you ran the previous week. Every other week, slow down your longest run and increase the distance by a quarter to a half mile. Watching your mileage add up and your times go down is a great way to gauge your progress.

We hope that this helps, but we would also love to hear what you do to increase your motivation to get out there and go for a run! Wake up earlier, exercise during your lunch break, run with your kids… whatever it is, we would love to hear about it!

It's Race Time!

Our Fernhill 5k Run/Walk is coming right up!

Hello, Fernhill Park race participants! 

We are now only a few short days away from our first race of the season and hope that you are as excited as we are to kick off our 2014 race season! The Fernhill Park $5 5k race is on Sunday, May 18 starting at 9am; the 1k kids fun run will begin at 8:45am. Check-in begins as early as 7:30am and will close at 8:45am. Avoid the check-in crowd on the morning of the race by joining us at our pre-race bib pick up at Peninsula Park Community Center on Thursday, May 15, 4-7pm. Peninsula Park Community Center is at 700 N. Rosa Parks Way. Come spin our prize wheel for your chance to win one of our new prizes from the $5 5k Series and Portland Parks & Recreation. On race day, street parking is available, but we highly recommend using public transportation, carpooling, or biking to our events. Make sure to visit our course map page for a view of the Fernhill Park 5k map*. *The start and finish will NOW be on the track near NE 42nd Avenue.

 
Race day amenities will include:

  • Free rock wall climbing on our 30-foot portable rock wall
  • Balloon animals
  • Craft activities
  • Photos from our friends at North Clackamas Photo
  • Finisher ribbons for all participants
  • 1st through 3rd place medals for several age categories
  • After race snacks

Please see our FAQ page for other popular questions about the race and feel free to contact us if you still have questions.