Lucky Clover 5K Recap

It was a beautiful day at Dorris Ranch in Springfield, Oregon the sun was out it was nice and cool we were ready to race.

That’s right WE! I was joined by one of the youth from our group and his dad. Jake and Brad Bailey drove all the way over to Springfield, about 2 1/2 hours, just for a 30 minute race! NOW THAT’S DEDICATION!

So now to the race. At the Lucky Clover there are options, you can run a “flat” trail run or a road course with “hills”. Naturally, the team chose the “flat” trail run. What we didn’t think about was the fact it had been raining for a couple of days. The trail was soft, to say the least. There were times when we ran on gravel, times on leaves through a beautiful filbert orchard (that’s hazelnuts for those not from Oregon). We ran in flat our mud, over limbs, creeks and finally up a HILL. That’s right a HILL, a single track muddy, hill with switchbacks.

We started out pretty fast running the first mile in 9:05. Then I made a mistake. I stopped and walked for about 50 feet at the water stop about half way in. I think if I had continued to run I could have kept up my pace but with that slow down I couldn’t catch back up to both the Baileys, who just happen to be serious about running.

Both Baileys finished in just over 29 minutes. I finished in 31:48, my goal was under 30 minutes and I think if it had been dry I could of, but it was fun, different and we got several comments about our matching purple shirts. Hopefully they’ll find this blog and help us reach our goal of $10,000 for the year.

I wanted to give a big shout out to the Eclectic Edge Racing. This event was great on so many levels. The people at registration were helpful, friendly and inviting. The trail was well marked and in great shape (given the circumstances), the award ceremony was timely and entertaining, the refreshments were great (However, they could have used donuts, every race should have donuts at the end…IMHO).

The Results


Jake 29:33 15 out of 79 runners (Second in his Division!!! 15-19)

Brad 29:36 16 out of 79 runners (Third in his Division!!! 45-49)

Greg 31:48 23 out of 79 runners (Third in his Division!!! 30-34)


Money Raised- $570.00

Thanks for all the help and encouragement!



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So It Begins

In about 12 hours the first race of the Year of Memories begins. It’s the Lucky Clover 5K in Springfield, Oregon. My goal is to run this race in under 30 minutes. My REAL goal is to raise $10,000 this year for the Alzheimer’s Association. So far we’ve raised $570, which is pretty good, but it’s a long way of $10,000. Thank you to all the folks who have donated, who have prayed, who have said way to go and if you see a chunky 30 something guy running wearing a purple shirt that says “GoGregGo” on it say “Hi” “Say Let’s Go!” “You can do it!” or some other words of encouragement because I’m going to need it.

One last thing. Our team is growing, running with me tomorrow will be one of the youth from the Bend Youth Collective AND his parents. His grandmother also died from Alzheimer’s. So wish us luck.

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We’ve Made Our First Goal

Yesterday at about 8:30 PM PST I got an email that told me that the Alzheimer’s Association had received a donation that put us over the $500 mark so far!

I was amazed a gift of $250 put us with a total of $570 so far. Our goal was to raise $500 by the running of the Lucky Clover 5K. That race is on Saturday, March 19.

Thank you Cyndi, Maggie, Josh, Margaret and Lynn for your generous support! Tell your friends, challenge them to donate or run.

Our goal is to raise $1,000 by the Solaire Salmon 10k on May 7!

Help me reach our next goal and it is with you that I will be able to run, train and together we can help the millions of people affected by this terrible disease.

Go here to donate today!



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I’m a Slacker

Well folks, I have a confession to make…I’m a slacker! Or at least I have been one in the past couple of weeks. I’ve only been on one run.

Here’s the evidence from my Runkeeper Activities List

It was a good run, well at least I felt good. I walked a little of it with Beloved, my wife, wasn’t really feeling it and as she said, “I was just doing this to get you out of the house.” I love herĀ and I also was pushing my daughter, TLO, in her jog stroller for the majority of the run. The last mile or so I ran at race pace. All I can say is that March 19th…wait did I just say MARCH 19th! That gives me 28 days to be in shape enough to finish the Lucky Clover 5k in under 30 minutes.

I’ve been thinking a bunch lately about why I’ve been a slacker. My problem, as I see it, is that I can get off the couch and run a 5k, my normal distance is about a 5k and I could probably do it in about 30 minutes right now. When I’ve competed in Olympic Triathlons, half marathons, marathons and even 10k’s I’ve had to train in order to finish. I hope I can get over myself and get some motivation.

Thanks for any prayers, kind words, running buddies or encouragement. They are all needed.



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Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers

Here is a report from the National Alzheimer’s Association that paints a pretty dreary picture of the future for Alzheimer’s in the country. I hope that by running these races that we will bring awareness to this disease that affects so many.

If you can’t see the information here go to “Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers



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The Reason I’m Running Part 2

Here are some pictures of my Grandmother as I remember her. Fun loving, quick with a smile and always proud of her grandkids.



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How It’s Going So Far

WE RECEIVED OUR FIRST DONATION!!! $50 from Cyndi Wunder! Now only $9,950 to go!

This is my second full week of training and today I ran 3.09 miles in 30:05 mins. That’s a 9:44 mile pace for those counting at home. Also my goal for the first race coming up in a little less than 2 months is a 5K (3.1 miles) in under 30 mins. As long as I can run with my dog Walker I should be fine. (I don’t think they let you do that…oh well)

So far this week I’ve run about 7 miles. I did 10 last week, so I’ll be eclipsing that mark tomorrow when Beloved (that’s my wife) and I go for a run with TLO (that’s my daughter). You can follow my progress here at the dailymile although I just downloaded the runkeeper app for my android phone, so you might need to follow it here.

I also wanted to let people know that I’m hoping this will be a community event. I’m hoping for a team of runners to help out because it fun to run with others and the more people we know the more likely it is that we’ll meet our goal of raising $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. If you’d like to donate go here!

This Saturday will be our first group run. We’ll have about 5 folks and we’re going on a nice and easy 4 mile run on Saturday morning. Be sure to follow me on twitter for details.

Thanks for all your support and thank you for all the encouragement. I can’t wait to take this journey with you.



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