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Stumptown Cross – Portland Meadows Sept 27

September 27th marks the beginning of a very special time of year in Portland… that’s the day that the 2014 season of Stumptown Cross finally begins! And in the fashion it has begun the past few years, the series will kick off in a fast and furious fashion with a 5k race at Portland Meadows [...]

Volunteers Needed for the Portland Marathon Aid Station

Sunday, October 5th, is a big day in the Lizard kingdom. It’s Portland Marathon day, and that means a whole lotta Lizards are pacing the marathon, and numerous others are needed to volunteer at the infamous TRL Mile 24 Aid Station. So, what it is that makes the Mile 24 Aid Station so special? It [...]

Portland Marathon Pacers Needed

Calling all Lizards with a sense of pace… the Lizard Pace Team needs YOU! Pacing the Portland Marathon is a long-running (sorry, that pun was too easy) Lizard tradition. And it takes a huge effort to get enough people to fill all of the needed pace slots. With 15 pace groups between 3:00 and 5:00 [...]

Summer Sizzler s’appening Sunday, Sept 14

Summer isn’t over yet, but the unofficial end is less than a month away. No, I’m not talking about Labor Day… I’m talking about the true events we runners mark the seasons by. For example, the start of the Stumptown Cross series is basically the first day of fall. And this year, fall begins at [...]

Stumptown Cross Series Kicks off Sept 27

Attention cross country lovers: cross country season is just around the corner! Once again, Team Red Lizard will be presenting Stumptown Cross – a classic series of team-scored, off-road racing that is sure to make the changing of the seasons more tolerable for us all. While a few folks have already stumbled across the info [...]

Summer Series Draws to an End

Only 2 more races to go in TRL’s 2014 Summer Series. And they couldn’t be any more different. This Friday, August 1, is the ORRC Dual Duel – where 2-person teams alternate laps on the track to cover a total distance of 10 miles. So a flat and fast track workout that will see big [...]

Tour de Goose Finale This Week!

It’s hard to believe that July is coming to an end. And along with July coming to an end, that means the 2014 Tour de Goose is also wrapping up. But it’s not too late to get in on some of the zany action, as there are still 3 legs left coming up this Thursday [...]

Announcing the 12th Annual Tour de Goose

The 12th annual Tour de Goose is Coming!

Get ready everyone! The 2014 Tour de Goose is about to start and the mad Dr. Hatfield with his even madder assistant Igor Trautwein have new surprises in store for you.
Please mark your calendars for the event dates listed below. Further details will be provided as the tour gets underway. And remember, participation and a sense of direction may get you more points than how fast you run. On to Le Tour:

Stage #1: Prologue (Guillotine Mile)
Back by popular demand after a one year absence is the Guillotine Mile. This entertaining event is age graded and consists of meeting or exceeding your predicted mile time. The faster you predict the more points you can score, but be careful. You can lose your head.
When: Tuesday, July 8 at 6:00pm
Where: Duniway Track
After Party: Lair Hill Pub for awards, raffle and re-hydration.

Stage #2: Fairview Hill Climb
This is a handicapped event based on your time in the prologue (or 5K time if you missed the first event) and goes from the start of the Thursday Goose run to Fairview Blvd (about 2.1 miles with a 650 foot elevation gain). The course will be marked with flour for those not familiar with the route.
When: Thursday, July 10 at 6:00pm
Where: SW 20th & SW Jefferson
After Party: Goose Hollow Inn for awards, raffle and re-hydration.

Stage #3: Storming of the Bastille (aka – Let Them Eat Cake)
This is an age handicapped event consisting of an approximate 300 meter climb while holding onto a piece of cake
When: Wednesday, July 16 at 6:00pm
Where: Corner of SW Nebraska St and SW Corbett Ave (near Fulton Pub)
After Party: Fulton Pub for awards, raffle and re-hydration.

Stage #4: Expedition Everest (NEW event)
This is a team event with many twists and turns as you make your way up to Fairview. Avalanches, altitude sickness and hypothermia are just a few of the challenges you will face.
When: Thursday, July 17 at 6:00pm
Where: SW 20th & SW Jefferson

Stage #5: Timbers Treasure Hunt
Stage 5 will take place immediately after Stage 4 and is also a team event, although a sense of direction and possibly the successful reading of clues are critical.
When: Thursday, July 17 at 7:00pm
Where: Wildwood Trail just past Fairview
After Party: Goose Hollow Inn for awards (Timbers schwag for the winning team), raffle and re-hydration.

Stage #6: Trivial Pursuit Pursuit (NEW event)
Your ability to answer trivia questions will score you as many points as fast leg turnover for this inaugural event.
When: Thursday, July 24 at 6:00pm
Where: SW 20th & SW Jefferson

Stage #7: Downhill Mile
Select a time randomly from a jar and score points based on how close you can come to the prediction. And don’t worry. No times will be faster than your capability so it is a test of pacing not speed (no watches allowed).
When: Thursday, July 24 immediately following Stage #6
Where: Fairview Road
After Party: Goose Hollow Inn for awards, raffle and re-hydration.

Stage #8: Goozard Challenge
This one is fellow mad scientist Steve Trautwein’s brainchild. It consists of puzzles, physical challenges, map reading, teamwork, adventures and an all-around good time! The running portion is some 3 to 5 miles if you don’t get too lost.
When: Friday, July 25 at 6:00pm
Where: Sellwood Park, Picnic Area A
After Party: Post challenge potluck barbecue, followed by prizes, raffle and the final awarding of the Polka-Dot-Jersey to the male and female champions.
General Rules:

Cost: We’re asking for a contribution of $5 per event (or $10 for all 8 events) to help offset club expenses, but your contribution will get you tickets for the post-run raffles as well.

Scoring: In each stage of the tour you earn 50 to 100 points. 50 points for last place (the Lanterne Rogue), up to 100 points for first. Volunteering for an event automatically nets you 50 points.

Swag: If the spirit of competition is not reward enough, then be advised that there will be several opportunities for tangible loot. First and foremost, the Polka Dot Jerseys will be presented to the top male and female finisher after each event. But don’t get too attached to them; these will serve as the leaders’ jerseys and will be awarded to the overall champions at the end of the Tour. There will also be raffles after each event including club apparel, contributions from Gore and Mizuno, as well as gift certificates.

The 2014 Cascadia Beer Mile

By Joanna Harper After missing the 2013 beer mile season, I returned in 2014 seeking to add another title the one I captured in 2012. Sadly it was not to be; however, a fun time was had by all. Jacob Buckmaster has been organizing the annual Cascadia Beer mile championship for several years now – [...]

Lizards Host Another Successful Special Olympics Track Meet

By Steve Sexton and Janelle Henderson Three hundred, forty-two athletes ages six-years to adulthood gathered in the bleachers under cloudy skies and cool temperatures on June 7th at Mt. Hood Community College track for the 2014 Special Olympics of Oregon Regional meet. The energy and anticipation was thick in the air. After patiently giving respectful [...]

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