Let’s Rock the Races!

Pete the PacificSource monkey modeling the free hat kids earn after participating in two races.

Pete the PacificSource monkey modeling the free hat kids earn after participating in two races.

This spring and summer, kids and seniors in Bend, OR have been busy walking, jogging and running through the PacificSource Rock the Races program. We’ve been giving away free entries to a series of kids’ fun runs and 5K races as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and we’ve had a great response so far! We kicked off the season early with the Little Snow Warriors Run at Winter Fest in February. Next, there was a great turn out at the Little Fry Run and 5K at the Salmon Run in early May. (Check out the pictures below.) And this holiday weekend, seniors and kids will be rocking the Happy Girls 5K and Happy Little Kids Run at Riverbend Park.

Inspired? Want to get involved? We’ll be giving away 50 kid registrations at three more fun runs and 25 senior registrations at two more 5K races. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the registration code.

Kids Rock the Races Seniors Rock the Races
Little Snow Warriors at Winterfest: February 15 n/a
Little Fry Run at the Salmon Run: May 3 Salmon Run 5K: May 3
Happy Little Kids Run at Happy Girls Half Marathon, 10K & 5K: May 24 Happy Girls 5K: May 25
Little Hopper Root Beer Run at the Bite of Bend: June 28 Bite of Bend 5K: June 29
Balloon Blast at Balloons over Bend Children’s Festival: July 19 n/a
Kids Splash ‘n Dash at Deschutes Dash: July 27 Deschutes Dash 5K: July 27


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Running With a Flock of Ducks!


Photo courtesy of Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

We’re big fans of the University of Oregon’s Healthy Campus Initiative. First, they’re improving the health of students and faculty living in our community. Second, they give us a chance to partner with Ducks, and we love our Ducks!When we heard they were hosting the “Run With the Duck,” we wanted to hop on board! On Saturday morning, about 40 of our employees joined the students, faculty, and community members that braved the cold to run through the U of O campus. Since the race was free for all the “starving students,” the course was packed with Ducks looking to get some exercise to start their weekend.

The 5K course was beautiful, and finishing on Hayward field was a huge thrill for everyone. But more importantly, we loved seeing the campus full of people looking to live a healthier life. Huge thanks to the U of O Healthy Campus Initiative for having us, it was a blast.

If you took part and want to see how you finished, check out your results from Eclectic Edge Racing: Run With the Duck Results. And of course, here are some snapshots from the race. Special thanks to KVAL for lending us some of their photos. To view all of their photos from the event, visit KVAL.com.

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Couch to 5k: The Runner’s Guide

Couch to 5K_runners guide

A few weeks ago, we posted our Couch to 5k: Walker Guide. The great news is that lots of people downloaded it, which leads us to believe there are lots of walkers out on the streets. Since exercise is addicting (in the best way possible), we figured there might be some people looking to step up their game! So, we present the Couch to 5k: The Runner’s Guide.

Same instructions at the walker guide:

Step 1) Pick a 5K in your area that you’d like to run.

Step 2) Give yourself 6 weeks to train for it.

Step 3) Follow this guide.

Step 4) Thunder punch that 5k right in the chops (aka run really fast)!

We’d love to hear your success stories along the way. And if you complete your first 5K, we’d love to share your picture on MillionIdeas.org.