Saturdays on the Grass (fall XC!)

After a year off due to COVID, Team Red Lizard’s popular Saturdays on the Grass cross-country workouts are back. Here is the tentative schedule. Please note: this is tentative. Check back here for changes, which I sometimes make due to weather. (Some courses hold up better to to rain than do others, so a big rainstorm could alter plans.

All workouts except maybe Sept 18 begin at 9:00 am, warmed up and ready for strides. Historically, we get 10-20 people. Please follow all applicable Multnomah County COVID rules.

Also, for those who are interested, I am still collecting shoes for the homeless. Used running shoes that have outworn their life for running still have lots of walking in them, and are incredible gifts for people who have to spend a lot of time on their feet. I can collect these at any of these workouts, or any Stumptown race. Needless to say, we are far behind for 2021, but cross-country season usually brings a lot of them, so we can still do much to catch up.

Sept. 11. Sellwood Park. Meet at the gate 1 1/2 blocks north of the historic church.

Sept. 18. Duniway Park. Note: this coincides with the Rose City Mile, which a lot of Lizards will be running. Those preferring “on the grass” run trails behind the park. We may have to move the start time to 8 am. Stay tuned. There are some magnificently hilly loops we can run while staying out of the way of the track meet…and then being present to cheer on the milers in their various heats. Start time will be adjusted around the heat schedule for the mile, so we finish in time to cheer.

Sept. 25. Lents Park. RACE.

Oct. 1. Mary S. Young State Park. Meet at the “upper” gravel parking lot. Not that it is “upper” by a lot. It’s on the left, just as the road turns right to swing around the soccer fields.

Oct 9. Mary S. Young State Park. RACE

Oct. 16. Glendoveer Golf Course, to give a break to the East-siders. (Besides it’s a fun place to practice hills. Strawberry Island is too far away for a preview run.) Meet at the SW corner of the loop trail, near the practice green. (That’s at the west side of the Glisan St. parking lot.) The route will be roughly 800m repeats on a wood chip and dirt hill of varying grades. No spikes (they’ll pick up wood chips). This should be a good all-weather surface.

Oct. 23. Strawberry Island (North Bonneville, WA). RACE. Let’s hope it doesn’t pour like it did two years ago. Though at the moment, Oregon could use a rain like that…

Oct. 30. Fernhill Park preview. Meet near the north end of the track.

Nov 6. Fernhill Park. RACE

Nov 13. Pier Park, Preview. Meet near the traffic circle and the bathrooms.

Nov. 20. Pier Park. RACE

Nov 27. TBD, but possibly Glendoveer Golf Course. Meet on the trail just west of the main parking lot on Glisan. Be prepared for 800m hill repeats on chips. That said, I’ve not checked the schedule for Nike NXN and the course might be closed.

Dec. 4. Wilshire Park. This is small enough we’ll easily find each other, but start on the Skidmore side. This is an all-weather chip course, flat, about 1K around. Great for a taper workout.

Dec. 11. USATF Club Cross-Country Nationals. Tallahassee, Florida. RACE

Dec 18. TBD

Dec 25. Yipes. Christmas. Will not be Saturday this week.

Jan. 1. Another Yipes. We’ll figure out the schedule for those going to San Diego as the meet gets closer.

Jan. 8. USATF Cross-Country Nationals. San Diego, CA. RACE. End of season.