What makes a great race?

A race dreamed up BY Woodlands Runners FOR every kind of runner

A race dreamed up BY Woodlands Runners FOR every kind of runner

Twin Peaks week is finally here and all our minds are on the question: what makes a great race? After back to back weekends volunteering and/or running Rainshadow races along the Oregon Coast, we feel fully informed and inspired by their laid back, runner and runner’s crew centric approach, many of those aspects which we are bringing to the race on Saturday including:

  • Keep it local: We've kept as many aspects of the race from t-shirt printing from Moxley Media to giveaways from local sponsors to snacks from local grocers as well as from our Jackson County Costco, boosting our local economy 

  • Environmentally conscious: This is a cupless event and Twin Peaks is donating some proceeds of the race to Jacksonville Woodlands Association for ongoing trail maintenance and preservation efforts

  • Easy to run: Several check-in options including one on Friday night at Beerworks in Jacksonville and the morning of beginning at 7:15 AM at the start line

  • A beautiful, challenging and well-marked course: YES!

  • Runner centric aid stations: All aid stations will have experienced runners as captains who’ll be filling water bottles with water and Tailwind as well as fully stocked with GU, PB&J’s, chips, candy, Coke, and some fun early 90’s themed treats

  • Lots of volunteers: We will average about 1 volunteer for every 4 racers, making sure runners get supported every step of their journey AND showing how Woodlands really is a community running group that belongs to everyone

  • Trail Sister Approved: We’ve made a commitment to gender equality in our race with equal podium spots, equal awards, women’s specific apparel, equal space for women at the starting line, and menstrual products at all aid stations

  • A finish line for runners, friends, and family: We’ve brought the hype with race finisher announcements, free tacos from Los Arcos, coolers with refreshments (also BYO drinks of your choice), giveaways from our sponsors and Woodlands Running, awards for top 3 women & men in each race distance, and live music from Adam Gabriel

We’re so grateful to our race sponsors Southern Oregon SubaruTailwindRogue Valley RunnersHoka One One, and Jackson County Physical Therapy as well as to all the volunteers and runners helping to make this race the start of an annual fall running community tradition in Jacksonville. If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so HERE or come see us at Beerworks from 4:00-6:00 PM on Friday night.

Here’s to frolicking in leaves and unpacking those cute boots and warm sweaters.


What Exactly IS Woodlands?

*Taken from the Woodlands Weekly Newsletter sent out 10.7.2019

Chatting it up at the first Thursday night Woodlands Roxy Ann run of October.

People ask us all the time, "What exactly is Woodlands Running Co. all about? Are you like a store or something?" After 18 months, it still feels like a daunting and complicated answer to give. No, we are not a store. Yes, we are a business insofar as we sell gear and charge race entries but that money goes into a 'slush(ie) fund' for buying things like group run snacks or birthday cakes for our running group friends. Like a real business, we have a mission statement to Celebrate the Adventure of Running and weekly team planning calls with Karl Wulff, Jamie Chick, Evan Schmidtke, and myself to figure out who is leading group runs, party planning for future events, and who we want to celebrate that week.

But this business and running group doesn't belong to the 4 of us, it belongs to the collective us - the big US. It was born out of the desire to be inclusive of all people in this sport, to provide space where we remind others every type of body is a runners body and there is no minimum speed to be a runner, to not take ourselves or the sport so seriously - to be silly and light and creative to remind all of us that feeling of freedom we felt running as kids. Above all, it's run by (pun intended) a diverse group of strangers who have become like family, talking through real shit and supporting one another through life, running-related or not. PHEW, complicated answer indeed.

This past weekend we had part of this collective us doing all kinds of rad stuff. There was a crew of Woodland's guys and gals in Gold Beach spending their weekend volunteering at Rainshadow's Secret Beach 100k/50k, fixing feet and feeding hungry mouths at aid stations and sweeping the course to encourage runners to hit those cutoffs. Meanwhile, there were some big races our friends crushed including the Condor 25kWilliamette Headwaters 22 miler, and Three Sisters Skyline 50k. Social and texting were ablaze with love given to those racing and those supporting. Our dear friend and #runWOW sister Lucy Durst ran her first 50k at Three Sisters and summed up that love with her beautiful, packed with gratitude post of which in part said:

"In March, I ran with Women of Woodlands for the first time. My first big group run. My first trail run. It was 4 miles. These ladies I didn't know then talked about their trail marathons and other crazy things like 50k's, 50 milers and 100 milers. I laughed and said yea....half marathons are my jam. But then this thing happened. Their strength, amazing-ness, and belief in you before you believe in yourself had me registering for a 50k of my own. I (heart) these ladies and am so happy I get to have them in my world being inspiring and supportive."

Bad.Ass. You better believe Lucy had all the beer and all the pizza to celebrate.

Speaking of partying, we're less than 2 weeks out from a trail party at Twin Peaks Trail Runs in Jacksonville, OR - Woodlands first sponsored run. While the running will be beautiful, challenging and fun - aren't we all about the finish line? Yep! We're stoked to share that we'll have post-run tacos from Los Arco, live music, fun announcements from Jami Sutter, lots of local volunteers putting together thee BEST aid stations, and sponsorship from Southern Oregon Subaru, Tailwind, and Jackson County Physical Therapy. Make sure to get signed up today.

Hope your week is filled with lots of love, laughter, and pumpkin-spiced deliciousness.


Lucy Durst finishing her 1st 50k race at the Three Sisters 50k