Tuesday, October 28, 2008

3 Butte Butt Buster Fun Run

As those of you who attend our Wednesday night fun runs know, when I'm there, I usually like to take the group uphill. Around here, that means either Overturf or Awbrey Butte. And when we gather as a group on top of one of those buttes, I often think out loud about holding a 3 Buttes Fun Run (Overturf, Awbrey, and Pilot). Well, the talk is about to come to a stop and the action is about to begin.

Sunday, November 16, 2008, at 9 a.m., will be the inaugural 3 Butte Butt Buster Fun Run. We'll start at Fleet Feet, head up Overturf, and run back by FF for some refreshments. Then it's across town to Pilot, up the road, down the trail, and to Chris and Darla's house for another aid station. Make sure you fuel up here so you're ready for another flat couple miles before tackling the biggie, Awbrey. You will pass your last aid station climbing Awbrey, then reach your final summit around 11.5 miles. Now all you have to do is lean forward and let gravity take you back to Fleet Feet.

Oh yeah, the distance: 13.5 miles of heavenly, hilly bliss! Got vert? 1,700' of it...both up and down! There will be shorter options, climbing one or two buttes, for those not quite up to fully busting their butts.

Please note that this will be a fun run and not a timed event. So bring some friends, your dog, and your climbing legs for a little masochistic butt busting fun with the Fleet Feet gang.

Click here to see the route map.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Know What You Want

Know what kind of shoe you like and want it fast? Try out our new "Know What You Want" Program. Just click here to tell us your shoe order and we'll deliver or ship your shoes to you for free! Website address is http://www.fleetfeetbend.com/know, or you can call us at (541) 389-1601.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Portland Marathon Finishers

On Tuesday, October 28, Fleet Feet is holding a Portland Marathon Finisher's Appreciation Night. So, if you ran the Portland Marathon this year, please join us. You'll get to meet other finishers, share war stories, and enjoy some snacks. Hopefully this will be a great way for you to connect with other runners in the area.

You will also get the chance to ask questions and listen to running tips by two of the top marathoners in Central Oregon! Portland Marathon Champion Kami Semick will be on hand to answer questions on how she trains, what she eats, and what workouts enable her to compete at such an extraordinary level. Spokane Marathon Champion (and Fleet Feet employee) Sean Meissner will also be on hand to give tips on his training regimen and how he prepares to race at a high level. This is a great chance to ask some questions of two of Central Oregon's top runners.

The festivities will start at 7 p.m. Please RSVP at 389-1601 so we know how many beers to keep cold for you.

P.S. If you are a Central Oregon 2008 Portland Finisher, you should have also gotten an invitation in the mail with a little something extra. If you didn't receive this, please let us know.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Marathon Month

In many running circles around the country, October is known as Marathon Month. In a quick count on the Marathon Maniacs website, there are 63 marathons this month in the United States. That's a lot of marathons.

Of course, the big one for many Central Oregonians is the Portland Marathon tomorrow, in, well, Portland. We've seen lots of you in the 6 months that we've been open (today is our 6 month anniversary!), diligently following your training schedules. We have enjoyed following all of your stories, and we absolutely love it when you stop by. Whether it's to get fit for new shoes, talk about the lastest nutrition stuff on the market, pick our brains about training, tell us about little (and sometimes, not-so-little) niggles and injuries, or to share with us that awesome training run you just did in a new p.r., we love it all.

So when you get done with Portland (or any other marathon), and your legs are able to function enough so you can walk into the store, please stop by and tell us your Portland war story. We're excited to hear it.

And if you bring in a picture of you at your marathon wearing a Fleet Feet shirt, you'll get $10 off your next pair of running shoes.