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Walkers Run PRC: New Group Workouts for Fall '13
We've added two new group runs to our lineup of free weekly workouts, and one of them isn't a run at all. Join Lynette Hawkins and other enthusiatic and dedicated walkers every Wednesday night at 6 at our downtown store for a walk around our neighborhood. Routes will include the waterfront and Laurelhurst Park. We welcome all paces and reasons for walking. Bring your stroller, your friends, your friendly dogs (on leash), and your passion for walking.
Also just added to our weekly schedule, runners at our Thirsty Thursday group run will be treated to a drink on us! PRC will buy the first round at the Green Dragon after the run. B-double-E-double-are-you-in? That spells BEER RUN!
For more information visit our Group Runs page.
Check Us Out in Your 2014 Chinook Book
For the first time Portland Running Company has a coupon in the Chinook Book! Our coupon will save you $10 off your purchase of $50 or more. We accept paper coupons and the digital kind you display on your mobile device. If you've never purchased the Chinook Book, it's a great resource for savings on local goods and services. More information here.
The running and retail landscapes have changed greatly since Dave and Paula Harkin took charge of Portland Running Company more than a decade ago. Dave explained to the Oregonian's D.K. Row recently how we have adapted and continued to thrive. Our profile in the newspaper's "Retail Spotlight" is a recommended read. Click here for the full story.
Like a Boss: Dave in his Beaverton store.
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Bill Guthrie, center, and his wife Melissa with the Benson cross-country team and Coach Clark.
The varsity Techmen finished 7th at state earlier this month.
I Am PRC: Bill Guthrie and Benson Tech
Bill Guthrie found the inspiration to re-kindle his running after his son joined the Benson High School cross country team. Then Bill stepped up to help outfit his son's team with gear so they could better train to compete in the OSAA Class 5A Boys Cross Country State Championship earlier this month. Bill shared his story with PRC's Holly Paige.
Tell us about your fitness history.
I discovered running in my 20s and most often ran 10K races. When my knees started developing problems, it was suggested that I add cycling to the mix and it really helped. I competed in a few duathlons. I stayed fairly active with my running for about 10 years. Sometime in my 30s, running just sort of dropped off of my to-do list. I've made a number of attempts to start up again, but have had a hard time sticking with it.
What re-ignited your interest in running?
This year my son Aidan began attending Benson Polytechnic High School as a freshman. To kick things off, he decided to sign up for the cross country team. To be honest, I was a bit surprised as he had never really expressed much interest in running. He began training with some of the varsity kids before the school season started, and they took him under their wing and instantly made him feel like part of the team. With the guidance of Coach Isiah Clark, things just blossomed from there. Watching Aidan's enjoyment for running grow, along with his confidence, my wife and I found ourselves inspired by the whole thing and started running ourselves.
As we got to know all of the kids on the team we found ourselves engulfed by an overwhelming number of inspiring stories. Attending their meets became a really big deal for my wife and me, not just to support our son, but to support the whole team. I could see saw how hard these kids were working. In particular, the varsity boys were on a mission to get to the OSAA Class 5A Boys cross country state championships, sticking to Coach Clark's plan for the season.
"As we got to know all of the kids on the team we found ourselves engulfed by an overwhelming number of inspiring stories."
How did you support your son's love of running during his cross-country season?
When I learned that most of the team were running in shoes that were well beyond their useful lifespan, I thought of Portland Running Company. I was really impressed by the attention I received when I first stopped by the Portland store to look for a pair of shoes a number of years ago. I stopped by the store one evening after work to find out what options might exist for me to outfit the kids with some shoes. I first spoke with Ryan Heal who spent a bit of time talking with me about the [Benson] team and their needs. Ryan ended up putting me in touch with Alex DeCino. Alex just sort of took charge from that point, working out a way to outfit most all of the kids with shoes. I was blown away, and the kids were all so appreciative.
As the season went along, the kids just kept getting better and better. By the time the district meet rolled around, the varsity boys finished second overall, qualifying them for the state meet. When you stop to think that most other 5A schools are fielding far larger teams [Benson only fields a little more than twenty kids overall], and that it had been 15 years since Benson had last qualified for state, the scale of their accomplishment really starts to sink in.
Benson finished 7th at State, and I couldn't be more proud of a group of young individuals. My wife often refers to the team as "the little engine that could."
Last week the coach and his wife Dana put on a banquet for the kids, just like they do every year. Speeches were given, awards were handed out and a lot of laughs were shared. To be honest, it felt more like a family gathering than a sports banquet. The bond between these kids started with the running and I'm sure that the running will stick with many of them for a long, long time. I'm certain that the friendships that they formed from the experience of running together will also stand the test of time.
What lessons has running taught you?
Running is such a seemingly simple task. The beauty of it is that you are forced to look deep inside of yourself as you strive to run farther or faster, or if you're like me, just trying to figure out how to start running again after many years of not doing so. Sometimes, you can tell when someone else has taken that look deep inside of themselves. Running has the potential to change the way we look at ourselves, and our life. Not surprisingly, I can see that change in every one of those kids on the Benson cross country team.
I Am PRC is a regular feature on our site. For more interviews like this one, click here. Interview by Holly Paige. (11/25/2013)