Friday, November 30, 2012

Good Form Running: 180 Steps Per Minute

Winters is upon us here in Central Oregon and with it comes cooler days, snow covered trails, and the end to a busy racing season. Without the pressure of your next track workout or hill repeats looming, winter is also a great time to get back to basics. Now is a great time to jump into a Good Form Running class, and set yourself up for the rest of the winter. Working on technique now can pay big dividends down the road, keeping you injury free and running faster than ever come next spring.

One of the big things we talk about with Good Form Running is the importance of cadence. I’m sure you’ve all heard it before, that 180 steps per minute is the magic number. But why is that the case?

As a PT who works with people who have a variety of musculo-skeletal and neuro-muscular issues, I am always looking for the one little thing that can alleviate many of the patient’s symptoms. Think about it, if I can have you do one thing, and it takes care of three of your symptoms, you are psyched because you only have to remember one thing.  I am psyched because I know, with only one thing to concentrate on, you will get better, quicker. These kinds of situations don’t come around very often, but with running, the 180 steps per minute is one of those times!

We know that there are four things that are the hallmark of a good runner. Decreased vertical displacement (up and down movement), decreased impact force when your foot hits the ground, decreased contact time, and 180 steps per minute.  What is great, is that when you run at 180 steps per minute, all of those other variables start to fall into place.

But why is that? The best way for me to describe it is to talk about a subject that is near and dear to my heart, Physics. Wave physics, to be precise. We know that as you increase the frequency of a wave, eventually, you will get closer to a flat line.  The 180 steps per minute is the frequency at which your vertical displacement minimizes. Flat head equals faster running. Sweet!

Flat head also equates to decreased impact force. When your foot hits the ground, the forces transmitted through the body are many times your body weight. Well, think about yourself bobbing down the trail, with 2-3 inches of vertical displacement. The impact forces increase exponentially. By running at 180 steps per minute, vertical displacement decreases, impact forces decrease, you run faster! Bonus!

Last, but not least, the 180 steps per minute results in decreased contact time. Seems like common sense, eh? Faster cadence results in less contact for each foot. It is pretty simple. However, when you dig deeper, thinking about how that increased cadence is achieved, leads to a better understanding of what running really is, mechanically. To maintain 180 steps per minute, you have to actually flex your hips (bring your knees up) and not pay as much attention to forcefully extending your legs to drive yourself forward. Running is similar to walking, and to walk, you lift your leg at the hip and place it forward. When running becomes an extension based activity, it is almost impossible to maintain 180 steps per minute because the leg is left too far behind. With that extension, you also see increased vertical displacement, increased impact force, and less than 180 steps per minute. Not to mention poor abdominal and pelvic stability with running, hamstring and calf issues, Achilles tendonitis, etc.  Think about running more like a sprinter (mechanically, of course), even though you are a half marathoner, and you will maintain 180 steps per minute, even while running a 12 minute mile.

So there you have it! The silver bullet is 180 steps per minute. Get out there, give it a shot, see what you think.  You can even get an app that will overlay the 180 beat over your music. If that doesn’t drive you crazy, nothing will J  Cheers! - Dave

Written by: David Cieslowski, DPT
Join Dave for Good Form Running Clinic Level 2, Tuesday, December 4th at FootZone.

Dave’s love of snow and cross-country ski racing brought him west from New England to Park City, Utah. While in Park City, Dave continued to ski race and teach. With continued success as a cross-country racer, Dave raced for XC Oregon from ’99 until ’05 and was very competitive in both local and national level races. Dave also participated in multiple bike and adventure races. Picking up where he left off in Park City, Dave worked for various outdoor entities in Bend while remaining active in the Nordic ski community. After graduating with distinction from PT school at Pacific University in Portland, Dave returned to Bend with his family, excited to be involved in the central Oregon community.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012


We don't have every i dotted and t crossed from I LIKE PIE on Thanksgiving morning but close enough to share some of the numbers.  Drum roll please................

1600 people registered-  This one blew us away.  Last year was about 800/900.  We knew it would be bigger but more than 700 of you signed up on Wednesday and Thursday alone.  Crazy!

5,500 pounds of food for NeighborImpact - That's an impressive amount of food, especially compared to the 3800lbs from last year.  Nice work.

$10,000+ for NeighborImpact.  As you know, the registration fee for I Like Pie is simply a donation to NeighborImpact.  The only expenses for this event are t-shirts, insurance, porta potties, pie serving supplies, and a $500 donation to the Bend High Culinary Program for their help serving pie (we more than cover these expenses with tee-shirt sales).  Every other penny goes to NeighborImpact.  Last year we raised $5800 so this year was a big improvement.  And yes, many people sign up without making a donation but that's OK.  Far more do contribute and we've intentionally left it as on option. 

Pie-  We didn't get an exact pie count this year but 160 signed up to bring pie and Sweet Home AlaMode made and brought a lot of extra pie.  If you saw the tables, there was A LOT of pie.  Good thing because we ate all of it but 2 pies!  Those went to Shepherds House.

Pie Baking Contest-  So many unbelievable entrants this year.  Thank You all.
The winners were as follows:

Traditional Category.  1st - Alisa Allen (apple), 2nd - Jodie Barram (blueberry -gluten free) 3rd - Louise Wilson (pumpkin).

Open Category-  1st - Kristina Miller (coconut cream), 2nd - Vivian Height (chocolate espresso), 3rd Dana Bennett - (pie pops)

Most Beautiful - Liz Bloom (apple)

Most Creative - Dana Bennett (pie pops)

Many Thanks - To Sweet Home Alamode for taking the reigns of the pie baking contest this year.  To Bellatazza, Lone Pine Coffee, Strictly Organic Coffee, Crow's Feet Commons for contributing coffee and atmosphere to this years event.  To the Bend High Culinary Program for all the help serving pie.  To the entire crew at FootZone for all their work putting this on, especially Melanie, Angela, Colleen, Marybel, Rob, Max, Dave, and Teague.  Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped out at t-shirt pick up and on Thanksgiving Day.

Special Thanks to NeighborImpact for doing such vital work in this community.

This run started 7 years ago as a Thanksgiving FootZone fun run with about 50 people and has grown into something far more.  We're not looking for it to grow too much more since we still want to enjoy our family and friends on Thanksgiving.  That said, we love it and love that the community loves it.  If you'd like to help out planning next year or have ideas on how to make it better (without keeping the organizers out there longer on Thanksgiving) please let us know.

Thanks for reading and thanks for liking PIE!
Rob reveling in his judging responsibilities.
Add "pie judge" to Max's resume!
Yes, we have awesome volunteers.
ILP might not make his "top events" list this year!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

They Keep The Boys Warm!

Today at Footzone Jenny asked me if I had ever used the Craft Pro Wind Stopper Gunde Boxer Shorts. I almost had to laugh; every winter day was the correct response.  I wear them running, skiing, biking, hiking, and any other activity where I fear that ‘the boys’ might get cold.

I didn’t used to wear the Craft Wind Briefs. I never saw the purpose of spending $40+ on a pair of underwear. What are they made of gold? How can they be that special? Let me tell you a little story that changed my opinions on Wind Briefs:

I used to ski race fairly competitively. I raced all over the US and Europe, sometimes in very cold places. One of these racing trips took me to Fairbanks, AK. It was warm by Fairbanks standards at about 10F. We had a short 10km classic race on Friday and longer races the next few days. Back then I only owned one pair of wind briefs and of an inferior brand. I choose not to wear them for that race so they’d be clean on the colder longer days. Halfway through the race I knew I had made a mistake and ‘the boys’ were not doing well. You know that feeling when your hands are so cold they tingle & burn? OK imagine that same feeling down below on a much more sensitive part of your body… I removed one glove and shoved it down the front of my pants. I figured if something is going to get frostbite and fall off I’d rather lose a hand and I didn’t need my left hand that bad anyways.

Luckily I finished the race and did not lose any body parts. I did spend the next hour or so in the team van in the fetal position crying from the pain. I got minor frost-nip (what the Alaskan’s say for pre-frostbite) and learned a valuable lesson.

After that experience I went on a shopping rampage. I bought every brand of Wind Brief known to man. That pain was never going to happen to me again. What I learned is that every brand is better than nothing. However not all are the same. Craft is the hands down winner. I prefer the longer boxer style for comfort and warmth. I now wear them anytime the temperature is below 32.

My reasons for choosing them:

-        Warmth. The Boys are warm in all weather conditions. This is very important!

-        No weggies. I’m not sure why, but every other brand rides so bad that you might as well get a prostate exam while they are up there. Craft respects that part of your body and stays out.

-        Duribility. I still own and wear the same pair I first bought in 2001. I’ve now got 4 pairs and they are all worn each week from November-March. That is a lot of abuse and they are all going strong.

-        Comfort. Craft makes nice soft polypro.  It feels good on your skin.

-        Lack of odor. Not sure how, but they don’t get the same stank nastiness as some brands of polypro. I wouldn’t recommend wearing them many days in a row, but when snow camping, it happens. These hold up much better than you’d expect…

-        Work in all activities. Great for running, skiing, hiking, probably snowshoeing. They work on the bike, but not as awesome as other activities.

If you are a guy doing winter sports, you should own these. If you have a special guy that does winter sports and you value his manhood not getting frozen, I’d recommend these as a great Christmas gift. Look everybody wins!
By Zach Violett

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

JFK 50 Mile Race Report

I’ll be honest, I came into this race feeling pretty confident. I mean, after UROC (iRF interview) I had a good reason to, but I definitely had to temper that feeling of invincibleness with the fact that both my other attempts at 50 miles had ended in a death slog to the finish. They were two and three years ago…
Read the rest here.

Charging Hard on the Towpath

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Vacation Run: Finding Familiarity in a Foreign Country

One of my husband and my favorite parts of vacation is running in a new place.  It is the perfect way to see the sights from a different perspective.  So when I planned my dream trip to Ireland recently, it seemed only natural that our running gear would go with us.  I would be celebrating my 50th Birthday during our trip and decided I needed something special, (as if Ireland isn’t special enough,) to commemorate turning 50.  As I searched the usual festivals and events I came up with the idea of running a race in Ireland.  I became obsessed with finding something that fit our schedule.  I found the “almost” perfect 10K in Dublin, “The Great Pink Run”.  Like a lot of you, I love participating in a run for a charity that has a personal connection.   Almost perfect because it was taking place the day we had planned to arrive in Dublin.  Since I had not booked our flights yet I decided we could be flexible.   Actually my husband would not agree with that statement, since he had to change his vacation request to accommodate my new “I have to do this or my Birthday will be ruined” idea!

Needless to say schedules were changed and we landed in Dublin 2 days prior to race day.  We were so busy sightseeing and enjoying the Guinness, those 2 days went by quickly.  Since we didn’t have a car our 1st challenge was getting to the start soon enough.  The day started rainy and windy so naturally we had our very sturdy raincoats on.  As we stood at the bus stop trying to figure out the best route, a man approached asking if we needed help.  Thinking we were being very discreet about our dilemma, I asked him how he knew we were tourists.  Oddly enough it was our raincoats; he said Irish people don’t wear “raincoats”.  I said, “Doesn’t it rain almost every day?”  He said, “Well, we don’t stand in the rain”, fair enough!  He then proceeded to get us on the right bus and directed us to the tram stop that would take us the race start. 

As we waited, the sea of pink told us we were indeed heading in the right direction.  But, from this point on we realized we had not arrived soon enough.   While Steve got in the packet pick-up line (apparently we missed PPU the day before, I blame the Guinness) I started off in the direction of the dreaded outhouse line.   I had good reason to dread it; the line was the longest I have ever seen at a run.  Fortunately the rain had stopped, but it was chilly.  This was the 2nd year for this event and the 3000+ entries were clearly beyond what the organizers expected.    The start was delayed 40 minutes because of the “Loo” line.

As a fan of local races I was really looking forward to seeing what might be different about a race in a foreign country.   The crowds were great, the swag bag was familiar, and attendance for the awards was non-existent.   Turns out it was such a similar experience that I could have been right here in Bend.   Unfortunately for Steve, the biggest difference was the lack of post-race festive beverages.   He said, and I quote (the PG version), “We are in Ireland and there’s no beer?”   All in all it was a fun event to be a part of.  I went looking for a race in a foreign country for the new experience.   Oddly enough I came away feeling comforted by the familiarity and the unity with which running brings people together!

Written By FootZone staff member: Melanie Mangin

Want to share a local Bend run with your favorite out-of-towners? Bring them to I Like Pie on Thanksgiving Day and look for a race on your next trip!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

On A Roll: The Benefits Of Foam Rolling

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had a bodywork specialist on call to knead our sore, tight, overworked muscles and fascia (our body’s web of connective tissue)?  Most of us don’t so, thankfully, there’s an alternative that you can do anytime in the comfort of your own home.  Using your own body weight and a cylindrical piece of foam, you can perform self-myofascial release (SMR), ironing out tight spots in your fascia and improving circulation and neurological responses in your soft tissues.

SMR has become a staple for both activity preparation and recovery for elite athletes to weekend warriors alike.  Foam rollers are an inexpensive and effective tool of choice for SMR to: improve flexibility and joint range of motion; correct muscle imbalances and alignment; minimize joint stress; reduce scar tissue accumulation and adhesions; decrease tight or overly toned muscle tissue; relieve muscle soreness and expedite recovery; and maintain normal functional muscular length.  All of this helps prevent (or rehab) an injury AND ultimately increase performance! 

The primary goal is to restore your load bearing joints to neutral alignment - a position where they are strongest, least at odds with gravity, most resilient, and able to produce the most force when called upon to do so.

 Like stretching, foam rolling doesn't yield marked improvements overnight although you’ll definitely notice immediate benefits.  The true results of foam rolling come if you stick with it.  The first couple of weeks of foam roller therapy more than likely will be uncomfortable (other less publishable descriptive words have been used) and, of course, can be a deterrent. But it can also “hurt so good”.   Keep rolling and I promise you the payoff is well worth it.  If you use the foam roller regularly, every day or every two to three days, within a couple of weeks you will begin to notice not only does the experience not hurt as much but also it will begin to feel really good like a nice deep tissue massage.  Then begin to notice how you feel during and after your runs, too.  That is when you will realize the health benefits the most. 

SMR is safe and effective for most populations with proper guidance by a trained professional.  Those recently injured or with chronic pain disease (such as fibromyalgia) or a circulatory problem should first consult a doctor. 

There is no universal agreement on when to roll, how often to roll, or how long to roll, but generally, techniques are used both before and after a workout. Foam rolling prior to a workout can help decrease muscle density, improve alignment and functional movement, and promote a better warm-up. Rolling after a workout may help muscles recover faster from strenuous exercise.  One treatment plan does not fit all so always listen to your body first.

Don’t know where to start or just need a little reminder?  The monthly FootZone FoamRoller Clinic is this Saturday, November 17th, at 8:45am.  It is a one hour introduction to Rolling for Runners guided by Ashleigh Mitchell, certified Pilates teacher specializing is self-myofascial release techniques.

Class is limited to 15 people so please register in advance at the FootZone for $5 to hold your spot.  Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Foam rollers are not provided so bring your foam roller if you have one, or purchase one at FootZone with a $5 discount for participants.
Written by Ashleigh Mitchell

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Becoming a Runner: Dirty Happy Girls Race Report

Running a half marathon for this beginning runner was foremost an enlightening experience.  My relationship with running first started for me two years ago when I moved to Bend, OR and my husband had to coax me to run a block. Through the support of my co-worker Jenn Smith, last Christmas Jingle Bell run marked my first 5k and my first 10k was Happy Girls Relay in spring of 2012.  In light of my thirtieth birthday recently passing and the realization that my times were not going to win me Olympic medals anytime soon, I decided it was time to work on a new goal for myself, up the ante and run a half marathon.  Knowing that I would have difficulty running longer distance runs on my own and that my sweet husband would not always be able to endure mile pace that is quite a bit slower than his, I decided it would be a great opportunity to join the half marathon training group at Foot Zone.

The support of my pace group leader, Nikki Cheney, and the Half Marathon group leader Caitlin Mastenbroek, along with the members of the group motivated me and kept me going as we upped our mileage. 

Even though the night before Happy Dirty Girls Half came quickly, the following morning came even faster.  That morning I did my best to eat my routine “race day” breakfast and then I set off to Sisters to meet my running friends.  I arrived and my nerves continued to plague me; we took the bus to the starting line and before I had time to think about it, we were off! As soon as we got going, I tossed aside my previous knowledge and made the new runner mistake of letting my excitement get the best of me.  I started too fast.  At mile three I felt a little dizzy and pulled over to regain my composure.

This is where it became an interesting mental game for me.  Realizing that though I had the support of my running group, it was up to me to keep myself going.  I decided I needed a plan; on previous training runs I had broken my mileage up into increments of three miles, so this would be my new strategy.   I ate a few chews, drank some water and began again.   
Mile six came and went in a blurr, followed by mile nine, and then mile twelve.  This point marked the farthest distance I had ever run. Muscle cramps started to set in and the only thing that kept me going at this point were the smiles and support of the women around me; my husband at the finish line; and finishing what I had set out to do; run 13.1 miles.  I crossed the finish line and was happy to be greeted by the support of our running group and cheer on other finishers. 

I did not know how to feel when crossing the finish line.  I had not accomplished my goal time and had not quite been on my game that day.  As the day went on and I analyzed what I could have done differently and realized I was missing the whole purpose of what I had set out to do.  Running a half marathon was my goal and I did it!  Along with this accomplishment I met wonderful people and learned that I was much more capable than I had imagined.  No longer am I the newcomer to Bend who can breathlessly run less than a half a block, but I am thirty -year old woman who can run 13.1 miles!!!

Written by:Alanna McGlone
2012 Happy Dirty Girls Race Results

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Race Report: Silver Falls Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

This is the third year for the half marathon event, and the first for the full marathon. It was a staggered start with the marathon going off at 8:30, and the half at 9 am. The first 5 miles are the same for both races and initially makes a loop, coming back very near the start at about 3.5 miles or so, which is nice for any friends or family that might be along for support. There is some pavement for the first mile or so, allowing for runners to spread out a bit before hitting the trail. Otherwise, you are running through some beautiful forest with plenty of color still around.

The marathon course branches off around Mile 5.5 on to the Perimeter Trail to hit the backcountry area of the park. In all, we made a 14 mile loop that included several climbs, the first starting around mile 6-7. This part of the course was challenging to say the least. In addition to lots of hills, there was a bonafide river crossing, lots of mud, puddles, rocks, roots, and bombing downhills. It was also pretty slippery between the mud and fallen giant maple leaves on the trail.

At mile 19.5 the courses rejoin for the remainder of each race and this is where you reap the reward; all the waterfalls! The course runs by several stunning falls, and even behind a few! There are some nice flats and downhills through here, but don't be fooled, as there are lots of stairs and a nice uphill in the last mile. The last half mile or so is kind to all, with a nice downhill, then scenic bridge crossing into the finish area. It was nice that so many of the racers from both races were hanging around to cheer the later marathoners coming in.

The post-race environment was fun, with the fire still going in the shelter house. A pretty good spread of peanut butter sandwiches, apples, and hot chili was included, along with water, Heed, and some hot drinks as well.

The Half Marathon awards ceremony was held in a timely fashion after most racers were in, with a separate Marathon ceremony held later. Both offered an abundant raffle for all racers, with some cool schwag given away.

Despite a little rain at the start, the weather ended up being pretty ideal, with temps in the upper 50's, and varied conditions of fog and mist, and some very brief sunshine. This, against the back drop of some spectacular just-past peak colors, made for a beautiful morning of trail running.

Some other tips...Take the exit for Sublimity off of Hwy 22, rather that going to the official Silver Falls State Park exit, seems like it would save a few minutes. Also, if you have both half and full marathoners in your group like we did, we suggest throwing in some lawn chairs for waiting around, and maybe bringing your own post-race beverages. At this time of year, be prepared for wet conditions, and have a dry set of warm clothes to change in to as well. A pair of water proof shoes for after would be good too.

All in all, this is a gem of an event and we had blast! Bend was well-represented and it was a great day for everyone!

Written by: Kathy Lein with contributions from Stephanie Waritz and Jennefer Lloyd

Monday, November 5, 2012

Max King Night

This is my first official Footzone Blog post of the new improved Footzone blog.
This Thursday at 7pm I’ll be fortunate enough to stand up in the Footzone and run through all I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish this year and also what I’ve learned from what went right and what went wrong.  While these things, specifically if it’s called “Max King Night” make me nervous because I find it unnerving to talk about myself, I’ll do my best to take you through a year filled with ups and downs, far away trips and a variety of races and events. I can talk training all night long and will probably have a tendency to go that direction during the talk but I’ll try to stay on topic as much as possible. 
Gorge Waterfalls 50k
Grand Canyon Photoshoot

Through photos, video, and stories I’ll take you through my year from the Olympic Trials, to Spain, mountain running, and my first 100k. I’ll share photos from the Canary Islands and Zegama, Spain where I had a horrible race but also learned that if there is 5 inches of mud on the course then a road shoe is woefully inadequate. I’ll share how to train to have your best Olympic Trials in only 6 workouts, by the way, not recommended, but it seemed to work. I’ll tell you how to run both a 3k steeplechase and a 100k in the same summer. I’ve got some brand new photo and video footage that no one has ever seen, not even me, so I hope it’s good.
Come on out on Thursday at 7pm and I’ll do my best to entertain for an evening at the Footzone. Since I’m also pretty indecisive, if you’d like to have a hand in what I do next, I’ll probably be taking suggestions on what I should do next year. 
Zegama Marathon Spain
After Zegama Marathon
Olympic Trials Steeplechase 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012


Yes, indeed!

I Like Pie

Thanksgiving Day will bring the 5th annual I Like Pie run and walk.  This is not a race, just a social Thanksgiving morning fun run/walk where you get a piece of pie at the end.

The Course

yumm, pie!
We leave from behind the FootZone, run down the alley, across Greenwood Ave, past the old Parks and Rec building, take a left on Portland Ave and head to the 1st Street river trail.  You can turn around wherever you like but we’ll mark 2k, 5k, 10k and if you run all the way to the green gate and back, that’s 10miles. 

The Sign Up Weekend

Get festive if you like
November 9th, 10th, and 11th we’ll host a special sign up weekend here at FootZone.  All donations to NeighborImpact this weekend will be matched up to $500 (t-shirt sales don’t count).  Plus… we’ll have the t-shirts here so you can try check them out, try them on  And… if you donate $10 or more to Neighbor Impact with your entry, you can take your shirt right then and there (instead of waiting until the day before Thanksgiving).   Obviously, you still have to buy your T-shirt on top of the donation.  Yes, these are all shameless ploys to get more cash in the hands of NeighborImpact. 

The T-Shirts

Women’s specific: we’re using the same style/cut that we have the past two years.  It’s called the Bella Favorite tee and people love this shirt, but it run’s really small.  That’s why we are staying with it because hopefully you know how it fits now and you can adjust accordingly. 
Men’s/Unisex:  we’re changing to a more normal fitting, 50/50 blend.  It’s the same shirt SuperDave has used as a volunteer shirt and we all love it (so hope you will to).  It feels great, fits great, doesn’t shrink, etc.  Not quite as soft as the ladies tee but we’re men so deal with it.
Kid’s Tee:  This one wasn’t on the flyer and is a bit under the radar but due to popular demand we will have some kids tees available in a youth small, medium, and large.  Same price as the adults and you can check them out on the sign up weekend.

Fun for the whole family!

The Cause…

Howdy, Pilgrim

Neighbor Impact gets every dollar that comes to this event other than what we have to pay for the t-shirts, porta potties, insurance, permits, supplies (forks, napkins, etc) and the $500 we contribute to the Bend High Culinary program for their help with the Pie Baking Contest.  The entry fee for this event is a donation to Neighbor Impact (we are able to cover all expenses with the t-shirt sales).  So, technically, you can participate for free if you want.  Of course we (and Neighbor Impact) would appreciate if you offered up a little donation.  Ideally, do it when you sign up.  We will also have a donation jar out there morning of.  Last year we (you) raised $5800 for NeighborImpact.

The Food Drive-

We ask every participant to bring 5 lbs of food for Neighbor Impact the morning of the event.  There will be a big truck directly behind the FootZone/Tower Theater.  Last year you brought almost 4000lbs of food.  Can we top that this year???

The Pie

We don't let this guy come any more (kidding).
choosing can be tough
no shortage of pie
Please consider bringing a pie to help feed the masses and possibly enter it in the pie baking contest.  You get to choose whether or not your pie is judged.  Sweet Home Alamode is taking over the Pie Baking Contest along with the Bend High Culinary Program.  They will break the pies up into categories and quickly pick a winner from each (that person gets a FZ gift certificate).  When you get back from your jaunt, we’ll have a piece of pie waiting for you! 

the man, the myth

Thanks to SuperDave

I Like Pie was SuperDave’s brain child.  Dave has good ideas and we’re thankful for them (and him).  Let’s face it, we didn’t really have anything going on Thanksgiving morning anyway;-)  Thanks SD.

Other Thanksgiving Day Runs

When I Like Pie started, it was the only Thanksgiving Day gig in town.  Now there are a few others and contrary to what many believe, we applaud that!  ILP isn’t for everyone and options are always good.  If you are looking for something else, we strongly encourage you to do the GBCCO Turkey Trot.  It’s down in the Old Mill and a great benefit for Girls on the Run and the Boys and Girls Club.   Another great option is the Black Butte Turkey Trot.

Wanna Help??

Email and I’ll find a place for you.