Running, biking, paddling and climbing

A unique race takes place in Portland on Sept. 19: the Oyster Racing Series Ultimate Urban Adventure Race.

It's a mostly run-bike-paddle-climb race for teams that requires strategy and answering clues and completing tasks. Headquarters is at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

It begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 19, but participants can get more information during a 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 meeting at Portland Running Co., 800 S.E. Grand Ave.

For more information, go to


Crosscountry - on a bicycle

The Portland Velo and Sunset Cycles will hold the first cyclocross race of the season, the Cross Crusade, on Oct. 4, on Bald Peak in Hillsboro.

The course is fast and technical with a mix of narrow trails and open spaces. Racing begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 4.

Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing, where the rider navigates pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and other obstacles, while also having to dismount and carry the bike on parts of the course.

Portland Velo, in its second year, has about 70 riders. For more information on the club, go to


Soldiers make sure they aren't left out

The Hood to Coast race has concluded for another year, but it's worth noting that some runners participated from far away.

Members of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Oregon National Guard simulated the race Aug. 29 in locations in Iraq, Colorado and Oregon. The team name was 360 Goes 180, led by Lt. Col. Jeff Mark and Maj. Christopher Reese from Albany, the latter coordinating with members of the team in the states while he and fellow soldiers ran legs in Iraq.

Lt. Col. Steve Beach from Newberg was one of the members taking part in Iraq, and said the challenge was dealing with the intense heat. He had taken part in 14 previous Hood to Coast events.

'We did this to show we can do it, and it makes it a lot better when you have other soldiers working with you working as a team,' he said.

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