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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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

Keep Running in the Fall

Running during the fall season is a treat, especially if you live in Portland! Active shares this article about why you should keep running even when summer is wrapping up and the kids are heading back to school:

1. Ideal Temperatures

The air is cooler and usually much dryer, so your run will involve less discomforts like sweating and rapid dehydration. Dress lightly enough so that you're a little chilly at the beginning of your run, and then feel great at the end. You can also reap the bene?ts of layering by starting with a long-sleeved shirt and shedding it when you feel too warm.

2. Beautiful Foliage

There is nothing prettier than the way the orange, red and yellow trees light up your surroundings before the leaves drop. The breathtaking views can really make a dull route feel fresh. It's fun to get out there and see which trees have turned, feel the crunch of leaves underfoot, and take in that unmistakable scent of fall in the air.

3. Fun Runs

Spring and summer races are full of squeaky new shoes, sunglasses and runners excited about the long-awaited end of winter. But fall races are sprinkled with capes, devil horns and wacky Halloween costumes. You'll find brisk Turkey Trots and Christmas-themed fun runs. Many races held in the fall are a far cry from the serious spring marathons. These races combine fun with hard work and let you loosen up.

4. Food Treats

Fall is a time for comfort food. Thanksgiving dinner, pies, grandma's cookies, and family gatherings all lead to some serious calorie intake. The average American gains one to five pounds during the holiday season, and most of that weight is never lost again. Does that mean you have to sacrifice mashed potatoes and apple pie? Not necessarily. If you remain committed to your run schedule during these months you can stay ahead of those extra pounds.

Run this fall to build your fitness and enjoy your surroundings!

Laurelhurst Park $5 5k

The Laurelhurst $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, August 17th at Laurelhurst Park, which is located at SE Cesar Chavez BLVD & Stark Street. 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, August 14th at the Fremont Foot Traffic (41st and NE Fremont) from 4-7pm. We would love to see you come out to win some fun new prizes and shop at Foot Traffic! 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 #75) and carpooling or biking to our events. Make sure to visit our course map page for a view of the Laurelhust Park Race Route.

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
  • Fun local vendors

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 Laurelhurst on Sunday morning!

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!