As a citizen of “Track Town USA,” Jeff West has vast experience with all varieties of endurance athletics. An accomplished rower and rowing coach, Jeff balances triathlon training and ultra-distance running with volunteer work as a firefighter and paramedic. At The MultiSport Advantage, Jeff leads a team of coaches as they work with and challenge athletes. Up to eight cyclists hook into the CompuTrainer system, riding against each other in classes that help max out aerobic capacity and refine the economy of one’s biking motion. The center’s custom-made TRX apparatus can also accommodate eight athletes, helping them build dynamic strength by blending body-weight exercises with plyometrics and BOSU balls. The center’s metabolic testing identifies the baseline and limits of an athlete’s capacity, and helps trainers craft a plan for the triathlon students. Triathletes can also rent wetsuits that will keep them dry during the traditional Gatorade and kombucha bath they receive after crossing the finish line.
On May 17, hundreds will gather at Sollevato Vineyard in Junction City to test their endurance against one of the state?s most daunting 5K obstacle courses. Old tires, teetering stacks of hay, Christmas trees, mattresses, and other obstructions litter The Rad Run?s course, along with lots?lots?of mud. Race participants of many fitness levels and as young as age 14 scramble across, under, over, around, or through each obstacle. Once they cross the finish line, they can check out photos of their journey snapped by LaDuke Photography, and can take a well-earned trip to the beer and wine garden, where a DJ will be doling out 80's hits throughout the festivities.
Awards winners are announced throughout the day after each heat, and there are plenty of things to do in between each presentation. Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase all day. Racers also will receive bananas, chocolate milk, doughnut holes, bagels, and other snacks to replenish any fuel spent on angrily shaking their fists at haystacks. A kids? tent will keep tots occupied with face-painting, craft activities, and a chance to meet the Oregon Duck, Sluggo, Raddie the Rad Rabbit, and other mascots. The entire event benefits six local nonprofits, including Lane Blood Center and Mascots for a Cure.