We’ve Hit Portland


We’ve Reached Portland!

Portland, Oregon’s largest city, sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes.


If you joined us for any part of our run from Sacramento to Portland, you’ll find a new badge in the Badge section of your profile!


We’ve Hit Salem


We’ve Reached Salem!

In Salem, you’ll find natural wonders lovingly preserved, rich cultural diversity and plenty of family-friendly activities. In the historic downtown and State Capital Plaza you’ll find a fascinating mix of old and new, while the twocounty area surrounding Salem is a place where you can walk behind a waterfall, hike through an old-growth forest, discover an award-winning winery or two and savor the fragrance of a spectacular garden.

Salem is located in Willamette Valley, the agricultural heart of Oregon where family farms grow everything from blueberries and hazelnuts to Christmas trees and tulips and some of the world’s best pinot noir.


If you joined us for any part of our run from Crater Lake to Salem, you’ll find a new badge in the Badge section of your profile!


Surf City Run 5K Huntington Beach


surf_city_runThe Surf City Run is the annual kick-off to a full day of activities for the City of Huntington Beach’s Fourth of July Celebration. Participants enjoyed a fun and fast 5K course, and then stayed for the famous July Fourth Fireworks show held off the Huntington Beach Pier over the Pacific Ocean.   All runners will be able to find the new Surf City Run badge on their profile!


Crater Lake National Park


We’ve Reached Crater Lake National Park!

Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed it form 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a towering volcano. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers stand in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting.

Crater Lake is also known for the “Old Man of the Lake“, a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for over a century.  The low temperature of the water has slowed the decomposition of the wood, hence the longevity of the bobbing tree.

Two islands are in Crater Lake: Wizard Island, formed from a cinder cone that erupted after Crater Lake began to fill with water, and the smaller Phantom Ship, which has seven trees living on it. There are also colonies of violet-green swallows and several varieties of wildflowers and lichens living there.


If you joined us for any part of our run from Redding to Crater Lake, you’ll find a new badge in the Badge section of your profile!




We’ve Reached Redding!

If you joined us for any part of our run from Sacramento to Redding, you’ll find a new badge in the Badge section of your profile!

With mountains all around, miles of hiking and biking trails, a river running through it, and national parks nearby, Redding is an outdoor paradise for young and old alike. Cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, Redding is also home to the famous Sundial Bridge, world-class fishing, and 200 miles of hiking and biking trails for all abilities. Head out on a day-trip to see the bubbling mud pots and boiling lakes in Lassen Volcanic National Park, or get refreshed by the waterfall at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Also, be sure to find out what fun events are happening— like the Redding Marathon, Kool April Nites, Shasta Lemurian Classic, Give Me Wings Century ride (one of the most challenging in CA!) and the Salmon Festival.


We’re going to Portland!


Next Up, Portland!

The votes are in, and we’ll be heading to Portland this segment!  We’ll be heading up through Northern California, making a quick stop in Crater Lake National Park, and then powering through Salem (the capital of Oregon) to hit Portland.  Get ready for your new badges!

City Distance
Sacramento 0
Redding 168 (+168)
Crater Lake National Park 382 (+214)
Salem 583 (+201)
Portland 632 (+49)


We’ve Reached San Francisco & Sacramento


We’ve Run Past San Francisco into Sacramento!

San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman’s Wharf, and its Chinatown district. After World War II, the confluence of returning servicemen, massive immigration, liberalizing attitudes, along with the rise of the “hippiecounterculture, the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement growing from opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and other factors led to the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, cementing San Francisco as a center of liberal activism in the United States.

Sacramento became a city through the efforts of the Swiss immigrant John Sutter, Sr., his son John Augustus Sutter, Jr., and James W. Marshall. Sacramento grew quickly thanks to the protection of Sutter’s Fort, which was established by Sutter in 1839. During the California Gold Rush, Sacramento was a major distribution point, a commercial and agricultural center, and a terminus for wagon trains, stagecoaches, riverboats, the telegraph, the Pony Express, and the First Transcontinental Railroad.

If you joined us for any part of our run from San Luis Obispo to Sacramento, you’ll find new badges in the Badge section of your profile!

13389352_10154355635440572_936997236_oAlso, check your desk for a small token of thanks for your contributions to this run!