Each year TRL organizes three series of races to promote fun, healthy competition among club members and with other local clubs in the region.
A series of 4-5 cross country races in or near the Portland metro area. Compete as a team or individually against others from around the Pacific Northwest.
This fun, low-key tradition draws on existing events (plus Strava) for a multi-month race series in which TRL club members compete in as many events as they like.
Tour de goose
A lighthearted group of summer runs tied to our weekly training calendar, designed to recreate the spirit of a bicycle stage race like the Tour de France.
Stumptown Cross is a series of fun, competitive cross country races for runners of all ages and abilities to truly test their ability. Come out and test yourself in the grass, hills, and mud!
Each year, we send teams of TRL members, who’ve participated in at least two races of the series, to USATF Club Cross Country Nationals. Financial support to the National Championship is offered to those who make the team selection process.
Details, including the upcoming 2023 XC season’s race schedule is shown below. Typically, there are four or five races depending on where the final regional race is located – either in Portland or Seattle.
Register online at RunSignUp.com
Sept 30 – Mary S Young 5k
Oct 14 – Gradin Park 5k
Oct 28 – Strawberry Island 8k
Nov 4 – Pier Park 6k/8k (USATF Oregon champs)
Nov 18 – Fernhill 6k/8k (USATF regional champs)
The Summer Series is a TRL club competition that rewards members for both how well they place, as well as how many events they show up for. The winners are based on a top 10 list for men and women, with the top 5 based on how club members place in the events they run, and the next 5 based on participation – so the more events you race, the higher your rank. Members who do more events stand a better shot at placing better through either method, since one never knows who is going to show up on any given day.
2023 Schedule (Modified due to races changing their dates).
1. March 12. Shamrock Run. Pick any of the 4 distances; results will be compared so that 5K, 8K, 15K, and half-marathon runners compete directly against each other in a single competition.
2. April 15. Lewis & Clark Larry Byerly Invitational track meet. Register on Direct Athletics, and make sure you list yourself part of Team Red Lizard, not “unattached”. Scoring will be like Shamrock, so you can do any event you want–even a field event, if you are so inclined.
3. April 30. Eugene Half-Marathon and Marathon. Either distance counts.
4. May 6. Lake Oswego Lake Run. Again, you can do either distance.
5. June 3. Rock Creek Trail Parkrun 5K .
6. June 17. White Salmon Backyard Half.
7. June 24. Rose City Mile.
8. July 1. Rock Creek Trail Parkrun 5K . (Yes, that’s a second Parkrun. The first wound up opposite Portland Track Festival when PTF changed its date, so this is a second opportunity to do a Parkrun in the series.)
9. July 16. Fueled by Fine Wine (quarter marathon).
10. Aug 5. Bowerman 5K.
11. April 1-Aug 12. Strava segment – Springwater Corridor, just north of Oaks Park Amusement Park.
For 2023, scores from your best 6 races are used to calculate the place-based score.
Rules for the Strava segment:
1. Your need to be logged in Strava (no manually submitted times).
2. You need to join the Team Red Lizard club in Strava. That is how results will be tabulated.
3. Set your Stava to public view. Otherwise we can’t find your result.
4. You can run the segment as often as you want; your fastest time will be used in the results.
5. If you need more background on Strava, check out this Strava for beginners article.
tour de goose
The Tour de Goose is the brainchild of former Lizard David Hatfield, who drew national attention in Runner’s World for his vision of a race series with the excitement of a bicycle race like the Tour de France. The name comes from Goose Hollow, the starting location of one of TRL’s weekly training runs. COVID-19 put it on hold for a few years, but this year it is back, with five stages set for August and September, and prizes for the top winners in each race…as well as overall. And in several of the stages, you do NOT have to be fast to win.
Here’s the current schedule, though smoke, heat domes, and other weather catastrophes could force changes.
1 August 2023, 400-metre Mathematique: Duniway Track.
This is a 400m predict in which you have to solve a running-related math problem while running your target pace…without looking at your watch. No cheating! Scores will be based on a combination of how close you come to your predicted time and how accurately you do the math. A normal track workout will follow. Winners get a free dinner (up to $10) at the food carts.
10 August 2023. Pate de Fois Gras: Goose Run.
Chop your Lizard liver by dashing to Fairview as fast as you can. First up wins. Regroup at the top, then finish the run as a jog. Winners get a free beer, back at the pub.
24 August 2023. Le Goose Handicap: Goose Run.
Arrive early and give the starter your current 5K race time or best estimate thereof on a flat course. (No sandbagging.) The starter will then calculate how long it would take the average runner of your flat-course speed to climb to Fairview, and assign you a start time. Slower runners go first. First to the top win. Regroup, then finish the run as a jog. Winners get a free beer, back at the pub.
This is complex, but fun. It’s basically a predict mile, but unlike traditional predicts, there’s no penalty for being too fast…and you can use your watch. It works by having runners bid their target finishing times. If you run that time or faster, your get credit for it, but only it. For example, if you bid 8:00 and run 6:30, all you get credit for is 8:00. But there’s a rub: if you bid 8:00 and run 8:00.01, you get “chopped” and don’t score. Also, runners have an opportunity to see what their rivals have bid, and change their bids in response. Winners get a free dinner (up to $10) at the food carts. If enough people show up, there will be age divisions, with $10 prizes for each.
This will come at the end of the normal workout. The idea is to run up the steepest hill in the vicinity (Terwilliger) while carrying a piece of cake. Why the cake? Because hey, Marie Antoinette and “let them eat cake.” Which you get to do if you don’t drop yours along the way. Overall prizes will also be awarded, back at the track.
We will also keep track of overall series standings, and hope to have prizes for the M and F series winners.