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1/6/07 5:11 P

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I think Kyle (PDXEXPRESS and I might be into this...are all spots already taken?


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1/6/07 10:20 A

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I have a friend who has done the PtC walk a number of times. I was even the team's post-event massage therapist a few years ago. (Right now I'm an employee lmt at McMenamin's Edgefield Lodge in Troutdale.)

I'm going to see if she might have tips and pointers to share with a prospective newbie team like us. I'll keep y'all updated.

Even those who can't walk but want to be a part of the activity could have a blast decorating our team vehicle. The name of the game is high visibility and high fun! Have any of you seen the dolled up team vans, etc. on the road that day? Hoot!

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1/5/07 10:39 P

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Nance dear, if we get a team together for this You know you want to be involved so why don't you become a volunteer for the team and drive a van or something to help out without walking.. I have a board started here called Portland to Coast for people interested in the walk.. the RUN is hoodtocoast and the WALK is portlandtocoast

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1/5/07 9:45 P

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Sorry, Irismedia. I have a sciatica problem that prohibits walking distances like that. I can probably get info from DD and SIL...he was captain of the deaf runners group...but that is as far as I can commit. Otherwise I would LOVE to be able to join you.....sigh.

Edited by: MIZSTEAKS at: 1/5/2007 (21:46)
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1/5/07 9:27 P

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By my count--we have 5-8 who might be interested in creating a team.

They are possibly:
Mrslup
Pdxcoco
Mizteaks--not walking--moral support
Osustyle
Oregongirl
Fudtrisha
Lastingone ? BF and family?
Windsongwillow
Irismedia
PDXExpress
PDX2007

Experts on it are:
Fudtrisha: has already done a Portland to Coast. Mizteaks: DD & SIL have done it. Windsongwillow has friends who have done it in the past.

So it looks like we have a team.
j

Edited by: IRISMEDIA at: 1/6/2007 (17:31)
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1/5/07 2:37 P

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This seems like a lot of fun. I'll have to see if the BF and his family would be interested in it.

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1/5/07 11:33 A

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I did the Portland to Coast this past year. It was a good time. I was in the first van so walked around noon and then at night up the worst hill on the walking course. Nighttime is difficult b/c of the uneven road surface but overall it was very rewarding.

They accept a limited number of entries, both walking and running. Oh, another part of the walking section is that you MUST walk, no jogging, running or anything that may resemble it. Other teams will turn you in and your team will be disqualified.

The overall cost is a lot. i think it was around $250 per person for my team. That included rental vans, lodging, registration, and team shirt. We were responsible for our own food. The trick is to get sponsors. By getting a company to sponsor your team, you will save $$. Generally, all you have to do is put their logo on your team stuff.

I decided not to do it again with my team from last year largely b/c I felt like an outsider to their clique. I was going to form a team this year but my friends have baled b/c of the $$ part. I would LOVE to do it again if people are game. Oh, also if you have even one person on your team from Portland, you must provide 3 volunteers to help along the course.

A tip I also learned it is it is nice to have eight people per team b/c then you walk three legs instead of two meaning less waiting around. The waiting around was a killer. So if you have two teams, you have a walking buddy.

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1/4/07 10:37 P

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I have just signed up for the starlight parade. It is 2 miles with gentle uphill. But the pace is very slow, since the other groups have to stand and wait for floats turning corners and bands doing their routines. I will be walking in my civil war hoop dress and my civil war boots---unless I can find a "nice" pair of closed black walking shoes that I can "fake" in the dark. ohh and carrying my lantern. Dress and hoop are about 5LBS. I will be with the Civil War group---last year they were entry #50--which was about the same number that they have been several times. The group tends to get at least one award for uniquess of using REAL candles to light our group.

I saw several of you are walking pets. Come on. Sign up to walk the Portland to Coast. you have several months to get into shape for walking several miles in a leg. And with time to relax before the you do another leg.

This is doable. AND you can count it as exercise to get into shape. AND you will be setting a goal and have a team that you will be working with to meet your goal---as a team.

Even if we can't practice as a team before the event, we can record what we are doing to get in shape and get the encouragement to meet our goal.

Currently I have JUST started the Walk off the Pounds video. I am up to 5 min of walking in one stretch. I figure by April, I will be able to walk to work 2 1/2 miles away. That is my goal. I am working to get to walking straight for 30 min before I attempt it through.

I think this will be a good start for walking the Portland to Coast. I will then have the summer to start working towards 7 miles at a time.

If a 250# "fat" lady can do it, then some of you who are already in better shape with your exercise plans can see if you can meet the challenge of creating a team.

Hey, do you think I will make 10,000 steps with this process a day?
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1/4/07 4:29 P

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What a great idea and a fun event all of us could have together.

 
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1/4/07 2:53 P

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Iris.. I think that is a great idea to have a team named after our little group here. I think I'd be in on that one.. that would give us 7 months to get into shape and save the $$ to join...
If anyone else is interested that'd be so cool


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1/4/07 12:50 A

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Portland to Coast Walk. I am just aiming for this one. I can't even think about jogging or running at this point.

Each leg is 3-7 miles. Lots of it uphill, and part of it in the dark--but a van can be with you.

I think that we could get up an Oregonians for Health and wellness group. We would have 7 months to get into walking shape (longest leg is 7.3? miles).

Especially, if we don't mind coming in near the bottom BUT finishing.

Or see about 2 teams---for those of you in shape and those of us who are just beginning to get back into shape.

j

Edited by: IRISMEDIA at: 1/4/2007 (00:51)
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1/4/07 12:13 A

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Here is some information to consider:

For the Relay - each Leg ranges in distance from 3.9 to 8.2 miles. The Legs also vary in difficulty, from easy to very hard, due to the varying terrain. The race consists of thirty-six (36) Legs. Each runner is required to complete three (3) of the 36. We must have a min of 8 and max of 12 people. Cost is $90 per individual.

For the Portland to Coast Walk - It is a team event with 8-12 people walking in consecutive order from Portland to Seaside, OR, covering a total of 127 miles. Teams go off in “waves” every 15 minutes (about 20 teams per wave) starting at 4am Friday in downtown Portland, and exchange to their next teammate at the end of each “Leg.” There are 24 Legs, so each participant on a 12 person team walks two Legs; on an 8 person team three Legs. Cost is $71 per individual.

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1/3/07 11:34 P

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This looks like a very fun event! Last summer I moved to Portland and my boyfriend and I went to Long Beach, WA for the Kite Festival. When we were driving there we saw all of the crazy vans and suburbans I didn't get it at the time but it looked like a blast after I found out what they were doing!

I am not a runner but would be interested in walking?

How far would one have to run if one practices to join?

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1/3/07 9:48 P

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Hood to Coast is a great event! They have the runners who leave from the mountain itself and the walkers who leave from Portland. My DD and SIL, one or both, have done it for the last 3 years as part of the first ever deaf team.

Good luck pulling this together Matt.

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1/3/07 9:37 P

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I would be interested in a "fun" walk. But if it is a group of "Masters" I would be out of my league.
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1/3/07 9:29 P

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I would LOVE to be in shape enough to do this...

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1/3/07 9:03 P

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Here is a wonderful fitness opportunity to meet our community in the Willamette Valley. I would like to intiate interest for creation of a team for the relay or walk...

***Hood to Coast***

As the largest running relay race in the world, The Hood To Coast Relay stretches 197 miles from the top of Oregon's majestic Mt. Hood down to the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Seaside, Oregon. Over 12,000 runners and 4,800 walkers in the Portland to Coast Walk, show up to experience this annual event now in its 26th year! (www.hoodtocoast.com)


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