"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rite of Spring 15k/5k -- March 6, 2010

If you're in or around the Willamette Valley, you've got lots of options for races in the next couple of weeks. Everything from a 5k to a half-marathon to a 30k. Personally, I will be running the Rite of Spring 15k at Alton Baker Park in Eugene on March 6th.

If you've never run the park and trails system in Eugene, make it a point to do so. They're perfect. They're flat, they run along both sides of the river and are flanked with acres and acres of developed (and maintained) park land. There are enough bridges across the river and plenty of places to gather for a start/finish line (as well as parking) that runners of all experience and distances can find something to participate in. For these reasons and more, many of the races held in the Eugene area use these trails in some way or another because they are so easy to mark off any desired distance.

I haven't participated in a race since the EWEB Run To Stay Warm half-marathon back in November (also in Eugene), so I'm pretty excited to have a start and finish line, new scenery, official timing and all the other bells and whistles races offer that running by yourself on a lonely highway early on a Saturday morning or on a busy arterial road during rush hour traffic just don't.

The Rite of Spring run is also relatively cheap, at just $15 ($20 if you want a shirt) thru March 5th (an additional $5 on race day). If you're in the area, take a look at this one and maybe I'll see you out there.

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