It was 1869 when the Lee family planted its first seed in the soil of Tualatin, Oregon. Today, three generations of the family still keep Lee Farms' lights on and its scarecrows vaccinated. They stock the country store with local produce, 18 flavors of honey sticks, and 17 varieties of jam. In the bakery, the staff hand makes pies each day, baking perennial favorites such as apple and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin.
To keep things fresh, Lee Farms rotates the selection of food and activities each season. In May a greenhouse surrounds visitors in flowers, and in October the farm transforms into a celebration of the harvest season, when guests can pick from 12 varieties of pumpkins. Lee's staff cuts down stalks to make a corn maze and drives visitors on scenic hayrides across the farm while they sample kettle corn and homemade cider.
Some athletes train for a specific type of fitness. Olympic weightlifters, for example, concentrate solely on their muscle power, and, thus, wouldn't fare well in a long-distance race, just as most marathoners probably don't perform many clean-and-jerks or bench-press compact cars. But most people are not Olympic weightlifters or professional marathoners. For the general population, a more general approach to fitness is what yields long-term health and wellness.
That's why CrossFit SW Beaverton's members might participate in both power and endurance exercises?as well as calisthenics, gymnastics, and sprints?in a given Workout of the Day. The gym's certified coaches devise these ever-changing daily regimens to deliver results in a variety of fitness categories. Exercisers can then take these attributes into other areas of life that require fitness and commitment, such as raising children, staying active into old age, and protecting the family thumb-wrestling title belt.
Express Fitness and Training founder Trevor Trebbien and his team, which includes a fitness model, a ex marine, and a mompreneur, pack plenty of power into their 4,000-square-foot space. Kettlebells and strength equipment are incorporated into constantly changing boot camp classes that bolster muscles and cardiovascular health, and these workouts in turn can be incorporated into weight-loss and sport-specific athlete-performance programs.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.
The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.
PDX Hunt pits teams against each other during treasure and beer hunts as they scour cities in search of checkpoints in order to win cash and prizes. Hunts are held in various cities across the country, with teams getting acquainted with their own city and one another as they fight for bragging rights. Text-messaged clues point contestants in the right direction, leading them to secret locations to which they then dash like dogs to spilled hot-dog water. At various locations, crews must complete unique tasks. Moving on foot or city bus, groups must stay together at all times, lest wanderers fall prey to competing gangs or become distracted by lurking shadow puppeteers. After the races, which can sometimes cover 4–6 miles, the top 10 placing teams receive prizes and glory for their skillful navigation of the town.