Turkey Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to hit the trails. Each fall/winter, Team Red Lizard selects some trail runs to get you out the door exploring this beautiful place we live in on the weekends. The full list of runs is still being finalized, but there are a few staples that are always on the list – the Thanksgiving morning run in Tryon Creek State Park, and the epic event on New Years Eve known and the Purge & Splurge.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner (Thursday, November 24), so if you don’t already have plans to be out of town or part ways with your hard earned cash on a turkey trot, come trot around Tryon Creek State Park with us. The plan is to meet at the Nature Center in the main parking lot (11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland, OR 97219) at 8:30 am. The park has a lot of loops (and Strava segments… if you are into that kind of thing), so there are plenty of options for going as long or short as you want. All of the trails tend to go up and down the creek canyon, so you will see plenty of trees, cross the creek multiple times, and get plenty of climbing in. I suspect most people will run for 1 to 1.5 hours – you can go shorter if you want, but you might have to skip gravy or having seconds at your Thanksgiving meal.
After the run, there will likely be some folks heading to the Starbucks at Terwilliger and Taylors Ferry (about 1.5 miles away). if you aren’t eating until later in the day, you might need a little coffee and snack to help you prepare for the tryptophan you will be consuming later in the day.
And since I mentioned Purge & Splurge, I might as well tell you to start thinking about how far you might want to run to celebrate the end of 2016. The epic run is the full 30.1 mile distance of Wildwood Trail from end-to-end. But we usually have groups going 10, 15 and 20 miles as well, so no need to get crazy if you aren’t in shape for a 50k right now. But you still have over a month, so you might start building up those long runs now… and by now, I mean you should join us this Thanksgiving in Tryon.
See you out on the trails!