Lostine River Run Sets Another
The Lostine River Run broke it's attendance record from last year with 184 finishers. The weather was just about as perfect as you can get and the snow-capped peaks made for the perfect background. Full results for Lostine and Age Group results for Lostine are listed here.
Two Events, One Day
EOST timed two different events on May 10. In the morning, it was the Butte Challenge in Hermiston. A great race, one of my favorite ones to time. A little windy but still a great turnout. In the afternoon, EOST donated time and supplies to the Running For 34 in Pilot Rock. This event helped raise money to support Rick Hoisington, Pilot Rock HS softball coach for many years, who is battling cancer. Full results for the Butte Challenge and for Running For 34 are listed here.
Boston Marathon 2014
I was fortunate to go and run the Boston Marathon this year, one year after the tragic bombings at the 2013 race. Like a lot of other runners, I wanted to be a part of this year's event to show that we runners are truly "Boston Strong". The race itself didn't go as well as I would have liked. Suffering from a cold, not being in the greatest shape due to injuries, and with the heat into the 70's, it made for a bad race for me. But the support and the loud crowds showed more this year than in past years. It was very cool to be a part of this year's event and I'm definitely looking at races to qualify for next year's race.
2014 Event Calendar growing
The 2014 event calendar is starting to take shape. Events are being added to the calendar as soon as they are confirmed. Be sure to check back often to see what's going on and where EOST will be at.
Going After 50 States
I have made it a goal of mine to try to run marathons in all 50 states, plus DC. Entering 2013, I had run marathons in 8 states - Oregon (starting in 1987), Idaho and Washington (1988), Utah (1997), California (2000), Montana (2005), Nevada (2006), and Massachusetts (2010). Last June I added Indiana when my family attended our niece's graduation and in July I added Colorado when we picked up our daughters returning home from their summer Texas trip. I decided to run Chicago in October in order to take it off my bucket list and so Illinois was added. That one really got me thinking, so I decided to run a marathon in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in December. That give me 12 states now.
This January I will be adding 4 new states - Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. I have already signed up for additional marathons later this fall in New Hampshire, Maine, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. I am also considering additional marathons in Iowa, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Wisconsin. We'll see how the year turns out and what my 2014 total will be.
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Who Is Eric Jensen
My name is Eric Jensen and I grew up in the small town of Helix in rural NE Oregon. While I enjoyed all sports in school, my favorite was track & field. After high school, I competed in cross country and track at Eastern Oregon University, while I majored in computer science.
Starting in 1989, I've coached for several schools in NE Oregon - Helix, Stanfield, Echo, Pilot Rock, and again in Stanfield. After five successful seasons in Stanfield, I stepped down from that position to be able to spend more time with my daughters. I couldn't stop coaching though, and I most recently coached at Weston Middle School.
When I was at EOU, I really fell in love with running. I still compete in an average or 15 races a year, not including marathons. In 2005, I joined a club called the Marathon Maniacs. Since then, I've averaged 9 marathons a year and have currently have completed 103 marathons. My most recent marathon was the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts on April 21st, 2014. The Maniacs created another club called the Half Fanatics where, you guessed it, specializes in half marathons. I'm now up to 89 after running the XTERRA Big Elk Half Marathon in Elkton, MD on June 21st, 2014.
My love of running has also recently spread into cycling and multi-sports. I like to ride between 6-10 centuries every year.
I have also competed in several duathlons. Some day I would love to do an Ironman triathlon.
I also competed in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 Boston Marathons. A knee injury kept me from participating in the 2013 edition, known for the bombing. I will continue to try and qualify and hopefully will attend the 2015 race. This is a race that I have kept putting off for years until 2010, when I finally decided I was going to do it. Here are some pictures from my 2010 Boston experience and from my 2012 trip.
|August 2 -- Catherine Creek Classic||Register||Union, OR|
|August 23 -- Highway to Well||Register||Pendleton, OR|
|September 6 -- XC Fest *||Hermiston, OR|
|September 20 -- Columbia River Power Marathon||Register||Umatilla, OR|
|September 27 -- Chamna Chase **||Richland, WA|
|October 4 -- EOU Homecoming Run **||La Grande, OR|
|October 18 -- Walla Walla Crush **||Walla Walla, WA|
|October 25 -- A Very Poplar Run||Register||Boardman, OR|
|October 26 -- Tri-Cities Marathon||Richland, WA|
|November 27 -- Club 24 Turkey Trot||Echo, OR|
|* A Columbia Corridor Corredores event, providing timing services|
|** providing timing services|
Eastern Oregon Sports Training LLC was formed to provide personalized coaching to runners, cyclists, duathletes, and triathletes of all ages and all abilities. Running, cycling, and multi-sports have always been a love of mine, and coaching allows me to spend even more time with those sports, sharing and teaching what I know.
Eastern Oregon Sports Training LLC was also formed to provide race management for local area races and events, and to create a fuller calendar of events in the local area for runners, cyclists, and multi-sport athletes to participate in.
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