Duck Fans Out-pledge Beaver Fans in Healthy Life Civil War Challenge

CivilWarChallenge-Nov29 (15)As with all friendly rivalries, there are winners, so congratulations Duck fans for winning the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge! The 1,500 plus Oregonians who took part in the fourth annual PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge have something to cheer no matter their allegiance: They are all winning at living healthier.

In the off-field battle to determine who is healthier, Ducks fans edged out the Beavers by 114 pledges. But a 35 percent increase in overall participation and a $10,000 donation to four Oregon charities resulted in a touchdown for healthier communities.

From Oct. 19 through Nov. 26, Ducks, Beavers, and Oregonians statewide united in friendly competition to encourage, achieve, and take an active role in healthy living. By pledging to take part in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge, participants took steps toward making themselves and their community healthier, while raising funds for four Oregon nonprofits in the process.

Healthy Life Civil War Challenge Nonprofit Donations

All participants in the 2014 Healthy Life Civil War Challenge helped to raise $10,000 for four Oregon nonprofits that provide prevention and wellness programs:

  • The Linus Pauling Institute – Healthy Youth Program ($2,086)
  • Girls on the Run in Portland ($2,510)
  • The Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth ($3,397)
  • Health Beginnings of Central Oregon ($2,007)

Thank you to those who pledged to get moving, eat healthy, go tobacco-free, or relax!

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

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You Pledge to “Go Healthy,” We’ll Give Money to Oregon Charities

TheCivilWarSeries_Banner AdWelcome to the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge! From Oct. 28 through Nov. 25 we’re encouraging University of Oregon Duck and Oregon State University Beaver fans to step up, and pledge to live a Healthy Life at

By committing to take simple steps to improve your lifestyle, you can help your team – Ducks or Beavers – win the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge while also helping to improve the overall health of your community.

For every pledge to “Go Healthy” this Civil War, PacificSource will donate $1 to a charity of your choice. Charities include:

We’ll be tracking to find out who gets more pledges: Ducks or Beavers. So sign up, get healthy, help your community, and (most importantly), help lead your school to victory!