• 2012 Western States 100-miler (California)

  • 2011 Waldo 100k (Oregon)

  • 2013 Patagonian International Marathon 63k (Chile)

  • 2012 Leona Divide 50-miler (California)

  • Grand Canyon (November 2011)

  • 2010 White River 50-mile Trail Championships (Washington)

  • 2011 Waldo 100k (Oregon)

  • 2011 Rocky Raccoon 50-miler (Texas)

  • Mt. Hood Circumnavigation- August 2011 (Oregon)

  • 2012 Western States 100-miler (California)
    Coming into the Foresthill Aid Station at approximately mile 62 with Neal Gorman (left) and pacers/crew Joe Kleffner and Willie McBride. Photo: Bob MacGillivray
  • 2011 Waldo 100k (Oregon)
    En route to an overall 5th place finish. - Photo: Michael Lebowitz
  • 2013 Patagonian International Marathon 63k (Chile)
    Running in quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever visited! Photo by: TrailChile
  • 2012 Leona Divide 50-miler (California)
    Running some early miles with Timothy Olson and James Bonnett in the mountains in SoCal. Photo: Stephanie Deveau
  • Grand Canyon (November 2011)
    The night before a 45-mile "Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim" run on the Bright Angel Trail in the big ditch (Arizona). Photo: Yassine Diboun
  • 2010 White River 50-mile Trail Championships (Washington)
    Running in the shadow of Mt. Rainier finishing 5th place overall. Photo: Nick Cooksey
  • 2011 Waldo 100k (Oregon)
    En route to an overall 5th place finish - Photo: Michael Lebowitz
  • 2011 Rocky Raccoon 50-miler (Texas)
    On the way to finishing up 2nd place overall in Huntsville State Park in February.
    Photo: Lynn Ballard
  • Mt. Hood Circumnavigation- August 2011 (Oregon)
    Enjoying views of volcanoes while running a 40-mile circumnavigation of Mt. Hood.
    Photo: Joe Grant

Monday, 23 May 2011

Forest Park: Portland's Sacred Sanctuary

Forest Park: Portland's Sacred Sanctuary

I spent some time in the parks today and, for a change, I wasn't running the trails getting ready for my next ultra marathon.  Within minutes of crossing an intersection downtown we were quietly nestled between towering trees and thick foliage in the hillsides of Portland's Forest Park. When you look around and listen you really can't believe you are right next to a city. There is also a certain beauty and "aliveness" that the often damp and dreary climate here gives to the forest. Everywhere you look is the quintessential pacific northwest magazine cover!

Living here in Portland almost two years now I have learned the park pretty well, including the deep and meaningful history of the area. I have volunteered providing trail maintenance, become a member of The Forest Park Conservancy, and just as of late been asked to assist in the revamping process of the park map sets, which is all quite an honor. A few weeks ago an editor from Portland Monthly Magazine came across my blog and discovered that I do a solid bit of running in the park. He contacted me for an interview and we talked on the phone for about 20 minutes about my running and my relationship with the glorious Forest Park. It wasn't until I heard myself passionately answering his questions how obvious it is that I truly cherish this "backyard gem". As a new father I look forward to passing along this sort of respectful and appreciative manner toward the land to my daughter and I hope she can enjoy it half as much as me.

This past week I had some quality runs where I felt super connected and strong.  I ran 76 miles in total.  Six of those miles were run on the waterfront esplanade...the other 70 were spent in the largest urban forest in the nation...steps from my front door.  Despite the sloppy trails in the winter I often remind my running buddies, my wife, and sometimes myself how spoiled we are to have easy access to this expansive park that has been kept so sacred. Forest Park boasts over 5,000 acres and over 70 miles of trails! The Wildwood Trail goes 30 miles from end-to-end and weaves it's way through some breathtaking sections of forest.

Watch this very interesting and informative video on the history and future of our very own Forest Park!

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Oregon Field Guide: Forest Park: Portland’s Backyard Gem

The health of Forest Park, the largest urban forest in America, is in jeopardy.







Next weekend (Sun.) starting at Lower Macleay Park there will be the annual Forest Park 50k that I will be racing as part of my training for San Diego 100-miler. 


... and check out this satellite photo of Forest Park (green) next to the city...pretty amazing!


Enjoy the forest....maybe I'll see you there!  

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