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Race Recap: Getting Rugged

I swore I was never going to do it.

I swore there was no way you would ever get me out from the work camera and on a course.

I swore I could not do anything.

And I did it.

Work afforded me the opportunity to jump in at Rugged Maniac at Portland International Raceway. I did this both as my social media peep at Mud Run Guide bringing you the best coverage. But I got to help my friend Dana as she tackled her first OCR.

You start with having the jump a wall to get into the start chute. I learned a lot from watching Spartan last year and I used the support bar and hauled myself up and over.

Without freaking out.

(Last year I freaked out at just trying a wall)

The course is spread out throughout Portland International Raceway. It has the typical obstacles you would expect, climbing ladders, walls, hanging obstacles ect.

My favorite, both from the spectator and from the now done it perspective is zero gravity. You climb up to a platform that has three trampolines that you jump on to move forward until you hit the cargo net wall, you climb up the cargo net and down the ladder.

I may of just saved myself the problem and jumped into the water for the Gauntlet which are these gym mats that make a pathway over the water, while you are ducking punching bags.

I also love frog hop, which are these plastic platforms in the water that you have to traverse while they are only held in place by a few ropes. I crawled…. I noticed the wide stance worked better and went for it.

There was a lot of climbing small mountains of dirt. A lot of climbing out of holes, and a lot of mud. Half of our course was on a motor cross track, and there was a lot of sliding and trying to make

You also have ones that test your fears. Claustrophia puts you in this dark narrow tunnel that you can not necessarily see the end of until you make the final turn. I literally followed whoever was behind me and kept my eyes on the ground.

There was some stuff that I could not realistically do. My grip and my wrist just will not allow for it. One of the things I love about Rugged is if there is something you can not do, its not a big deal. They want you to try (hense a couple I literally just jumped into the water and traversed that way).

And there is the accelerator.

I am afraid of heights. Heights make me cuss a lot. Accelerator actually starts at the warped wall. It was

My Resting Mud Face. Thank you Rugged for the photos.
recommended medically I dont try the wall yet so I took the ladder up (even though I did try a few things I probably should not of). Which led to a climb up Mt. Manaic which is a cargo net that is at an angle that leads up to the final of three shipping containers, which leads you to a super tiny ladder to the accelerator. The accelerator is a waterside that takes you all away down to the ground.

I was ready to scream.

The whole thing I learned is you can not over think it. As long as I put my head down and pushed through I could get through 90 percent of what was in front of me, and if I could not get through I found another way around. I think it was the universes way of reminding me that I could do more as long as I stopped being in my head so dang much about everything.

I will do Rugged again next year no matter where the road leads me (more on this at a later time, this is the third blog I have written in one night). I like it challenges people to push but the pressure is not as competitive as it is as something like a Spartan.

I highly encourage everyone to get to a Rugged near them. It can be a perfect challenge to push yourself no matter what level you are at.

Race Recap: Dreaming in Rainbow: Why you should do The Color Run every year?

How do you take Portland’s iconic Portland International Raceway and turn it into a dreamland?

Ask the folks behind the scenes at the Color Run. They have that magic. And that magic gets better every year.

Ill say it early this year. This is not the run for you if you want to be fast and serious. But you need to do one once in your life time. You will understand it. This is the time for you to be a kid and just have fun. It is best said on their website.

Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed event in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

1 Wear white at the starting line!
2 Finish plastered in color!

Before I go any further, I need to give The Color Run a lot of kudos. There have been huge issues with races and communication in the local area and a week before is when the Eagle Creek fire hit the Pacific NW and Portland was a mess of smoke, haze, soot ect. They stayed in constant communication with participants about their plans.

I was a little worried this year as I was not able to do an early packet pick-up. But we got to packet pick up on Saturday morning and it was super easy and manned by some of the happiest volunteers I have seen at races. Our group changed into our white shirts and headed straight for the start line.

I have said this several times before in talking about The Color Run. They have the start line down to a science.

How many times can you be proud of being a unicorn?
They let groups of runners out ever 5 or so mins. You are never feeling crowded, rushed or clogged. The DJ knows how to keep your energy up and entertained. The weather unlike last year was amazing.

This years first color was not a color at all. It was foam! Two blue unicorns greeted you and Foam machines turning the road way into a pile of fun suds. Seriously you felt like you had been walking on clouds, and the foam was everywhere.

I might of been acting like a kid here.

The common theme with the Color Run is they get better EVERY year. This year was the first year they actually had mile markers out on the course. Also music was spaced at random places where you could get your groove on. Also water station was placed right at the half way point. The only issue I had and I think I say this every year.

More porta-johns.

We continued on through the color stations. Every station was a mini party that this year had its fair share of dancing color throwers. This year they introduced a new color, purple. Also they introduced with Cricket a Cricket color zone which would dump green on you from above.

Its a medal… and its a Unicorn WIN WIN!!
The finish line you got your UNICORN MEDAL (you heard me, I said UNICORN) your color packet and post run water. Lays had their new popables for your post race snack.

Then you could enjoy your post race party with limbo lines, dancing and of course the famous color throw.

I will do this EVERY year. It is fun to see families out together enjoying getting active, its fun to go dancing through the color zones. It is seriously the most fun I have being active all year.

You can find out more about The Color Run: It is an affiliate link, be warned

All Aboard The Rescue Train.. Join us at Race For the Rescues

This is George your heavenly canine reporter encouraging all of my four footed earthly friends to get their owners to board the “The Rescue Train”. I was rescued after my first two years of living chained to a wall wondering if the big guy next to me might regard me as his lunch.

The “Rescue Train” will be arriving at the Portland International Raceway on Sunday October 11th bringing a fun Copy of PDX Logofilled morning of running or walking for you and your entire family. The Race for the Rescues offers a Kids race, 5K, 10K and a special 1 mile Dog Walk. You can also get your morning exercise in and run with your owners in the 5 and 10K. A beautiful finishers medal will be awarded to all those who complete the kids and 10K distances and a specially designed Tech race shirt will be given to all adult participants.

Some of your favorite vendors will be there which means lots of treats, water bowls and special attention. You will need to be on your best behavior even around those pesky cats that may be looking for a home as well as some of your brothers and sisters in fur who are currently up for adoption.

Food carts, a beer garden and special quests including the Timbers Street Team with some special prizes, and live music by Bridgeless and Summer will be on hand for your family. The entire event and festivities will be hosted by Claire Coffee, star of NBC’s Grimm.

This is the second annual event and 100% of the profits will benefit local rescue groups including “Lovers
Not Fighters” Pit Bull Rescue, “Must Love Dogs NW”, “Pacific Pug Rescue” and “Project POOCH”. High paws to all of you and others to that help to find us loving homes.

Going to grandmas or have other plans for that day, don’t feel like you lost your last bone, you and your
owner can help out the cause by registering for the virtual “Couch Potato” race. Entrants will receive
their shirt by mail shortly after the race.

To register simply paw your way to Race For the Rescues

Enjoy your day and keep in mind all of your fellow tail waggers you will be helping.

Editor Note: My mom; Kathryn Wilson wrote this blog in honor of our late rescue George. We will both be there in hise38077e83bdda17a9c04f52076c8159a honor and to help other rescues.