Jason Zacher to run to Oregon Coast to benefit two charities

by: COURTESY OF JASON ZACHER - Sherwood resident Jason Zacher, shown here at the Oregon Wine Half Marathon, plans to run 100 miles on Saturday to help raise funds to build a wheelchair ramp at a veteran's facility in Beaverton and benefit a a Lincoln City group that helps the needy with utility and other bills.
In an effort to push his physical limits and raise some badly needed funding for two charitable organizations, Sherwood resident Jason Zacher is headed for a little run to the coast Saturday. Lincoln City to be exact.

And that little solo run is actually 100 miles, a rarity for even the most seasoned distance runners.

Over the last several months, Zacher has been training hard, hitting a practice distance of 25 miles (just shy of a 26.2-mile marathon).

“You just get to a point where you can’t train for a race like this,” said Zacher, 41, who works at the Beaverton’s Bale’s Marketplace on Cornell Road.

When all is said and done, Zacher hopes to raise $5,000, money that will benefit both the Salvation Army Beaverton Family Veterans Center on Farmington Road where he hopes to get enough funds to build a wheelchair ramp, and Angels Anonymous, a Lincoln City-based group that helps needy families pay expenses such as utility bills.

Until two years ago, Zacher hadn’t run a race since high school 20 years ago.

by: COURTESY OF JASON ZACHER - Jason Zacher, seen here in a holiday half marathon race, hopes to make it from Portland to Lincoln City in 21 hours on Saturday.Then he trained for and won a 10k McMinnville race right out of the shoot.

Since then, he’s completed a half marathon in Lincoln City along with his most lengthy run to date – a 52.5-mile run around the Taft High School track as part of the Lincoln City Relay for Life in August. That day, the temperature spiked to 82 degrees, making it the hottest day of the year in Lincoln City.

During Saturday’s run, which will begin at Waterfront Park at 11 a.m., Zacher plans to run past Bale’s where employees have been supporting him for weeks, wearing 100-mile run T-shirts. He’ll eventually run down Murray Boulevard and Scholls Ferry Road before heading down Roy Rogers Road. He then plans to run past the Sherwood Walgreen’s before heading up Highway 99W.

“I have no idea how long it’s going to take,” he said. “I think it will take 21 hours.”

He hopes to make it to the finish line in Lincoln City between 9 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

Zacher said he plans to hydrate all the way, downing at least 20 ounces of water every three miles and slurping down energy “goo” that’s popular with many runners.

He also plans on chowing down to store energy two days before the race, loading up on pasta for carbohydrates and lean beef for protein. At the same time, he’ll go cold turkey on his favorite beverage, Diet Pepsi.

He admits to being nervous about the lengthy run but barring a medical emergency, he thinks he’ll be fine.

“I definitely think I’ll make it,” he said. “I have a really high pain tolerance.”

You can track Zacher's progress by clicking here

To donate to Zacher’s charities, mail a check directly to the Salvation Army, 8945 S.E. Monterey Ave. Happy Valley, 97086, or for Angels Anonymous, checks should go to: Angels Anonymous, P.O. Box 554, Lincoln City, 97367. In addition, check him out on Facebook.

Also, customers shopping at Bales Marketplace can donate by asking any checker to add any dollar amount to their total food receipt. Sherwood residents can drop checks off at the Railroad Street Antique Mall in Old Town Sherwood.


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