RWP Hippie Chick Half Marathon Pacing Team
Back by popular demand! We will have a group of women that will be running different paces to assist you in your running goal again in 2013. These women are hand picked because they are experienced, motivating and resourceful. These Pacers all have wonderful running histories and stories to help you along the way. Come say hello to them at the starting line and get to know them, they are here for you!!
Nikki Rafie: 7:30 min pace per mile
Hi…. I’m Nikki Rafie.
I started running 24 years ago when I was in my mid-20s, as my new fitness “gig” with a friend…. Loved it and made it my own!Along the way, I have won the Portland Marathon and whole bunch of other races in the area. I’ve had the honor of qualifying and competing in two US Olympic Marathon Trials. I have been a member of several Hood-to-Coast winning teams over the years, including Team Runwithpaula. I’m thrilled to still be running and competing as a Masters runner.
Given my demanding high-pressure corporate career, running and racing gives me a healthy balance and new strengths to apply to all aspects of my life … Not to mention all the insane fun and friendships J
I’m also a RRCA Certified running coach and truly enjoy developing runners of all abilities and watch them reach their goals. I love to share my energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to drive my athletes and motivate my fellow runners to go for what’s possible and not just settle for what they think they can do.
It’s what you make of it all …. So let’s make it awesome!
Brittney VanVleck: 7:45 minute pace per mile
Brittney is an avid runner, having completed 12 marathons and more 1/2 marathons than she can count. She is a proud member of the Team RWP Hood to Coast team and has a marathon PR of 3:13. Running for Brittney is about feeling strong, building lifelong friendships, and having fun along the way.
When she's not running, brittney is busy planning her wedding and working as an oncology sales representative. She lives with her ironman fiancé and 2 very crazy cats.
Thank you for organizing such a great race!! I set a PR and won my age group, much to my utter surprise! This qualified me for my goal--to qualify for guaranteed entry for the New York Marathon 2012! Your race was well organized, and I loved the flat course. The pacers were a nice help as well, and I wonder if you have any contact info for pacer Marni--I would like to thank her for "running me in"--she was so much fun! Thanks again, Paula!
Marni Renison: 8:00 minue pace per mile - Quarter Marathon Pacer
Marni Renison had been running for 8 years and has completed 8 marathons, but loves all distances. She has been married for 14 years, has two beautiful daughters and currently lives in Portland. Marni has run for Run With Paula for four years and plans her life around Hood to Coast; it's her favorite weekend of the year! She also runs with a track team in Portland called Team Athena, which is an all women's group. Marni is active in her community and encourages balance, health and wellness of all women.
Amanda Davidson: 8:15 minute pace per mile
Amanda is a local runner with many marathons and road races under her belt and is on the RWP Hood to Coast Team. Amanda is sure to keep you entertained along the way as she is not only beautiful and fast but very funny!! Amanda is the the owner of Willamette Coffee House in West Linn, OR and has two kids and an Ironman husband. Amanda ran 3:23 last year at CIM and just won her age group division at the Redding Marathon in December. Amanda is on the Runwithpaula Hood to Coast Team. Amanda will be the pacer for 8:15 min per mile group.
Aubree Swart: 8:30 pace per mile
"Get ready to feel the love and the tough love! Aubree is the Director of Physical Therapy at Therapeutic Associates Northeast Portland Physical Therapy. As a therapist she can help you get physically stronger and can make you mentally tough! Anyone that gets to run with Aubree is luckkkkeeeeey! Aubree has been running for over 20 years and is very competitive in local road racing. She is also on the RWP Hood to Coast Team and has a marathon PR of 3:13."
Everyone loves Aubree!!
Hi Paula, I have to give a big thank you to you for the race today and to the wonderful 8:30 pacer. My 2 friends and I followed her all race, finished by passing by her and finished with an overall 8:28 pace. I’d say she did her job to a tee. Thanks to both of you for a very very fun Mother’s Day morning. My buddy Sarah Dunkin PR’ed today with the pacer’s help. Please pass on our big thanks. See you next year, Hilary Johnson
Christina Knopf: 8:45 pace per mile - added bonus Ernie Conway just for funsies
I am a nurse and a Runwithpaula Crew member. I have been married for 16 years and have 2 teenage children. I started running in college and have been running for 22 years. I have completed 2 marathons, 10 Half marathons, 2 sprint triathlons and The Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon in 2011. My biggest accomplishment is competing in the Wildflower Olympic triathlon. I will compete with Team Runwithpaula for my second year of Hood to Coast in August.
I run for many reasons, mostly because running is an outlet for me. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore new trails.
I run to be with my friends. I run because It is what I do and I love the way it makes me feel.
Looking forward to being your 8:45 pacer!
Thank you for a wonderful day today! This was my 5th Hippie Chick, and it was a blast! Although the park was lovely, I really enjoyed the venue today, and it was great being a part of a race with so many more women! I also have to call out Christina, the awesome 8:45 pacer. She was fabulous! See you next year!
Jill Allsop McDonnell - 9:00 min pacer per mile
JILL: Lucky you if you run 9:00 min pace!! Jill is another member of the RWP Hood to Coast Team and has about 100 marathons under her belt and a few Half Ironmans. Jill was nurse of the year at OHSU and is as tough as nails. If any boys bug you on the course she will beat them up!! Jill is married and has two amazing kids and is training for her first Ironman. Go Jill!!
Tina Wood - 9:30 pace per mile
TINA: I left my 80's leg warmers behind and started "jogging" years ago because of my friends. Now, years later, children and a few half iron man's later...I still find I am still running primarily because of my friends!
I am busy just like the rest of us juggling life between family and career. Running with friends is the time I allow for me. It keeps me healthy and it keeps me sane! I am currently training for Ironman Coeur d' Alene 2012.
Hippie Chick is sooo fun and I'm looking forward to running with you groovy girlfriends!
Kim Turner: 10:00 pace per mile
“Today, we will be a cross country team” was the phrase I never wanted to hear from my soccer coach. It meant we did something wrong and we were being punished. And I hated the running. Or so I thought. I took up running in her really late 20’s as a way to keep fit once she realized that she would not be a professional soccer player (and all of the teams, at that time, folded). Now, running is my quiet time, my happy time, my time to evaluate and test who I am each day. Running is the thing that makes me better at being me. I have run 4 marathons, over 20 half marathons, a few 10k’s and 5k’s, and I hope to one day dabble in triathlons. I am busy like many other ladies juggling a demanding career and a husband, but running is where I keep coming back to. I love “all ladies” events. There is nothing more awesome that a group of ladies racing, smiling, and supporting each other.
Shelly Beckers: 12:00 pace per mile
Shelly started running at the age of 40, on a treadmill class Paula Harkin taught. Shelly has completed over 6 marathons, 5 triathlons, 7 half marathons and over 10 years of the Hood to Coast Relay. Hard work, dedication and passion are three words that define Shelly Beckers as a runner. No matter the weather, which can be truly unpredictable in Portland, you will find her out there running and a smile on her face. She runs not just for the physical exercise, but for the camaraderie. "Running clears your head, silences thoughts and allows you to focus on nothing but your next step forward and the pavement (or trail) in front of you." For Shelly running isn’t about finishing first, it’s about self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. It’s about setting a goal and not slowing up until you cross the finish.
Shelly’s goal is to stay fit after 50!
Lynette Hawkins: SUPERFAST WALKER (you can jog with her too!) 12:15 pace per mile (no kidding)
I started running at age 40 because I wanted to be fit. I also wanted to try to run on my work team. After 10 years of injuries, I decided I would try walking. I joined a local walk club and Saturdays weren’t enough and too slow. Some of us started walking during the week. I got on a racewalk team with a bunch of great women (Untethered Soles). Our first year together we took 7th in Women’s Masters at PTC. I have walked many RWP events but the Hippie Chick has always been my favorite. Thanks to Paula and team for great races (and shirts too!). I feel honored to be a pacer for such a fun event!
Celia Perkins: 12:30 pacer per mile WALKING PACER
Photo: Celia participating in the first Hippie Chick!
Celia has always been very active, but at the age of 40 she decided to kick the habit of smoking and took the price of a carton of cigarettes and paid a race entry instead. After participating in the Portland to Coast, she became addicted to the sport of walking events. Celia's first marathon, the Portland Marathon, has been followed by 11 marathons, over 100 plus half marathons and an ultra-marathon!
Celia shares her passion of staying healthy and fit as the Program Director of Portland Fit and Portland Fit - South where she is found each weekend morning during the training season. Celia is the Team Captain of the team, "Fit to Finish" which is made up of mostly Portland Fit members of the Walking Group.
If you know Celia, she is very outgoing and very young at heart. She has a lot of energy and enjoys being around active people. She loves to travel, especially to warm tropical places with endless sandy beaches, clear blue water and umbrella drinks...she's a Sun Worshipper and likes a wide variety of activities to have fun in the sun. She likes to be spontaneous; her travel bags are always ready to go anytime and anywhere! Her favorite travel companion is her son, Matt.
Celia has found her purpose in life and living the dream!
Paula and Dave,
Thank you for such a fantastic event. Initially, I was a bit bummed the race was moved from Champoeg to Hillsboro...loved the small feel and how close it was to my house....but, the drive was worth the experience. The course was terrific. The country roads were just as peaceful as the river running by Champoeg. As for the small feel...still felt great and honestly, the more the merrier. Of course the mimosas, breakfast and celebration was just as good as it has ever been.
Hippie Chick is such an amazing gift to mothers...there was a lady on the corner around mile 5/12...her sign read, "Just think about all of the alone time you are getting." It made me laugh and I found myself grinning and thinking, "It is amazing what we mothers have to do for alone time." Then, it hit me...when we were kids, we would walk through the house yelling for our Mom. We weren't mad; it was just a large house. Her famous response to this day, "Can't I have two seconds to go to the bathroom?!" I get it now. I appreciate my alone time. :)
So, Hippie Chick provided many opportunities to reflect on being a mom, my own Mom and the amazing moms in my life. Thank you to the two of you and all of your volunteers. A job well done. I hope there was a bit of champagne left to toast the two of you.
Cheers. Have a great day.
T Schantin :)
Aloha Huber Park School
Curriculum and Instruction
5000 SW 173rd Ave.
Beaverton, Or. 97007
Fun Blog from Helvetia Half Participant 2010 - read it here now!
"My family and I wanted to share what a good time we had at the Helvetia Half Marathon. We gathered as a family from all over the United States to run our first ever half marathon. Representing our universities by wearing our college t-shirts, we ran throughout the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest-photo attached. The course was absolutely fabulous with the mountains and farmland as a backdrop. We really appreciated the number of aid stations and volunteers available on the course. Thanks for a great time!"
- The Bell Family (P.S. The hills weren't too bad....)
"I just wanted to say thanks for two great events! I walked the Hippie Chick and Helvetia both and enjoyed both immensely! You truly know how to put on an event! All aspects are organized and your support crew is always friendly and efficient. You do not make walkers feel like second class citizens as I have experienced in other events. Thanks again Paula and Team!!"
- Nancy Conner
"Thanks for another great race! I kept hearing comments as I ran about how organized, how many water/aid stations and how much fun people were having...in spite of the hills.
Thanks for another great day...the Portland running community is so lucky to have you organizing great days like today. Thanks so much!"
"Thanks for a great event. This was the first ever marathon of any kind for my sister and I and we had a blast, achieving our goal of finishing and doing it in less that 4 hours. 3:35 for both of us. Thought I'd share a picture from afterwards of our little group that walked today. We plan to be back next year and do it in even less time. Keep up the good work and if you know of any other walks (10K to half marathon) occurring in the local Portland/Vancouver area, I would appreciate a heads up. Now that I've "trained" and completed this one I want continue on with more. Again, great event. Thank you!!"
- Shara Bogan
"Yippee for me!!!!!! 3rd place in my age division 55-59 in the Helvetia Half
- Mary, AKA Runnermom
"I just wanted to say what a great race it was yesterday! It was equally impressive knowing it was the first annual, yet it felt like a seasoned eventfor how smoothly it ran. I've done your Hippie Chick event, so this was my second event of yours and I enjoyed both immensely. It's great doing a racethat walkers and runners are cheered on equally. Being a power walker it's nice having such a clearly marked course since you tend to fall behind the main pack and are on your own to make your way.I'm really looking forward to participating in many more of your events. Thanks for creating such great events that make staying fit so much fun!"
- Sarah Hillman of Salem, Oregon
Ran the race Sunday (Pints to Pasta 2008)and LOVED it! Great course. Great finish chute
(plenty of space to slow down after sprinting!). Great post race
stuff. I ran the best race of my life.
William Giles aka Brud (came in 81st!!! I can hardly believe it!)
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The ClubSport 5K/10K & Kids Fun Run - Saturday, April 14, 2012
2012 RESULTS are POSTED! Welcome to the Third Annual ClubSport 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run Saturday, April 14, 2012. We are excited to bring you this fun and family-friendly event. Run the 5K or the 10K or the ClubSport Kids One Mile Fun Run. This year we are proud to support the Children's Cancer Association.
The race begins at beautiful ClubSport in Tigard, Oregon. ClubSport will be open to all participants the day of the race so come in and enjoy coffee and bagels and fruit before the race start. Festivities will continue inside ClubSport post race with music and a fun awards ceremony. Food and beer will be for sale at the ClubSport Restaurant after the race so plan on staying a while and maybe take a tour of the club or just hang out with friends and enjoy the atmosphere.
Jogglers coming to the race!!
Running + Juggling = Joggling. Bob and Trish Evans take the Joggle Happy Tour to Long Beach, CA in this episode. Bob won the Super Kids Sunday 5K with a time of 16:42, breaking his own world record of 16:51. Trish took second among females with a time of 21:02.
Thanks to the SAFEWAY FOUNDATION for matching our donation to CCA!!
General Race Information: Race is limited to the first 500 particpants!
Race start/finish: ClubSport Oregon - 18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97224 503-968-4500
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 8:00am start 5K/10K run/walk :: Kids Run begins at 7:30am
A great cause: Not only will this event kick-off your racing season, we are also making a generous donation to the Children's Cancer Association. Please consider making a personal donation on our registration form or online. THANK YOU!
Registration: Online Registration closes Thursday 4/12 at 5pm. Sign up at packet pick up Friday or at the race on Saturday morning.
Fees: include technical running tee 5K/10K, short sleeve cotton tee for kids run. The 5K/10K race is a timed race, the kids run is an untimed one mile race.
- $25 - 5K
- $35 - 10K
- $10 Kids Run
Kid’s Run: $10. Includes cotton tee shirt for pre-registered kids only
NOTE: Registration increases $10 per entry if you register on race day, $5 per entry for kids run.
Technical race tee included in entry fee for both the 5K and the 10K pre-registered participants only, cotton race t-shirt included in Kids Run fee. Shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered participants only.
Please note: No refunds or transfers.
- Online on Active.com
- Print and Mail Registration Form
- In-store at Portland Running Company - click here for maps and directions
The 5K/10K course will begin at ClubSport and run through the Durham neighborhoods to Durham City Park, through Cook Park, then along the Tualatin River pathways and return to ClubSport Oregon. The 5K course will run on the same course as the 10K but will be turned around at the half way point. Heed and water will be available on the course. Click here for runner's instructional map or below for full course map.
Please note: Our course may have minor changes in the park due to flooding. Please follow signs and listen to course volunteers along the way. Thank you!
Friday, 4/13 - Portland Running Company - Beaverton 10-6pm
Saturday, 4/14 ClubSport Race Day Morning beginning at 6:30am
Race Results 2011:
RESULTS are now posted: