Monday, August 4, 2014

2014 Mountaindale 5K bare buns fun run

Wow the Mountaindale 5K was even more challenging this year.  Last year, I ran non-stop up both and completed the 5K course in 34 minutes (in the middle of the pack).  This year, at the pre-run briefing, we were told that there would be 3 hills to climb this year and they were signed “1st Hill of Death”, “2nd Hill of Death”, and “Final Hill of Death”.  I usually don’t let those things discourage me.  But halfway up the first hill, I decide to stop running and to walk as fast as I could because I could see other runners ahead of me doing the same.  I had a GPS with me and it recorded a 22% grade and elevation gain of 189 ft over 0.2 miles.  The course was reversed from last year.  Instead of running down the 22% grade hill and running up a7% grade gravel road, we did the opposite and there is an unmistakable difference between running up a 7% and a 22% grade.  Anyway, when it started to “sort of” level off, I resumed running until I saw the “2nd Hill of Death” sign.  I tried keep on running but eventually decided that I could walk faster up the hill than run and still have some energy left when I got to the top.  My GPS recorded the second hill as a 26% grade or 256 feet elevation gain over 0.2 miles.  We all tried to make up for lost time on the downhill leg but then I rounded a corner and saw the “Final Hill of Death” sign.  I managed to walk up that one with an average speed of 3.7 miles per hour.  According to my GPS, the last hill was no different that the first, only a 22% grade or an elevation gain of 114 feet over a distance of 514 feet.  Maybe it looked steeper because it was a single track with switchbacks.  Once again, as soon as it “sort of” leveled off I resumed running and finished the 5K course in 37 minutes and 28 seconds (again in the middle of the pack).  Thanks to Bob, Becky and Rylla for organizing the race, to the volunteers stationed at the trail intersections so we wouldn't get lost and at the water tables and to everyone who participated in the run.  And thank you for the slices of cold watermelon at the finish line.  It felt like a real accomplishment and confidence builder just

to cross the finish line.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2014 Mountaindale Sun Resort clothes optional 5K fun run

Save the date.  On August 3, 2014 at 10 am Mountaindale Sun Resort will host their third USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned clothes optional 5K run (3.1 miles) as part of Mountaindale's 2014 SunFest.  The SunFest is from August 1 to 3 which means food, music, games, a swimming pool, and vendors.   The 5K run is over hilly terrain.with about 600 feet elevation gain. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Save the date!

On August 4, 2013 at 10 am Mountaindale Sun Resort will host their second USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned clothes optional 5K run (actually 4.93 Km or 3.06 miles) as part of Mountaindale's 2013 SunFest.  The SunFest is from August 2 to 4 which means food, music, games, a swimming pool, and vendors.   The 5K run is over hilly terrain.  .

The course over unpaved roads and foot trails will take runners and walkers to all corners of the club’s beautiful 104 acres of forest.

The race is open to runners, walkers, and running teams. Awards, prizes, and t-shirts will be a part of the event.  More details can be found at

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hurray!  Oregon will have its first USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned clothes optional 5K (actually 4.93 Km or 3.06 miles) run on August 5, 2012 at Mountaindale Sun Resort.  For a while, only Washington had not one but two clothes optional 5K runs.  One at Kaniksu Ranch and the other at Fraternity Snoqualmie   Mountaindale will host its Bare Buns 5K fun run and walk on the same weekend as their clothes optional Sun Fest.  For those coming out of town, that means food, music, games, a swimming pool, and vendors from August 3 to 5 plus Casino Night on August 3 and a masquerade ball on August 4.  The run itself is on August 5.  More details can be found at

The course has been rearranged from last year.   Runners will no longer run from elevation 450 feet to elevation 950 over a half-mile distance.  Instead, they will run from elevation 450 to elevation 700, run at 700 elevation for about a kilometer before resuming the climb up to the peak at elevation 950.  See the elevation profile above.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


This is the 4th year of the Fig Leif Naked 10K Off-Road Bike Ride and the 7th year of the 5K Run which takes place on the same evening of the Sunny Nekkid Ride which in turn takes place the week before the World Naked Bike Ride.  The 10 K off-rode bike ride and 5K run starts at the paved section of NW Leif Erickson Road at 7:15pm on Saturday, June 9, 2012. This is the wide area with a port-a-potty about 500 yards beyond the Forest Park entry gate at the top of NW Thurman St.  As usual, this is an unorganized run and unsupported ride.  Nevertheless,  we'll have someone to keep cyclist and  runner's time and watch our stuff while we bike and run.  We'll even have a prize (print shown above) for the first male and female cyclist and runner to cross the finish line. There is no entry fee and bring you own water. The route is unpaved, almost like cobble stone in places.   It's an uphill run and ride all the way to the turn around point.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thank you for a successful first ever Mountaindale Sun Fun 5K Run/Walk

Thank you Don, Rylla, Ronny and all of the many volunteers who helped prepare and host the first ever  Mountaindale Sun Fun 5K Run/Walk.  And thank you to the men and women who ran or walked in the event despite it being announced barely two weeks before and despite the light rain on the day of the run/walk.   The 5K average run time was 39 minutes and 48 seconds.  Not bad for a 400 feet elevation gain over a half mile (as the crow flies).  The event also included a 1 Mile walk over relatively level ground and the average time for that was 22 minutes and 58 seconds.  I think most of the participants spent the rest of the day in the hot tub because of the rain and stayed for a couscous and chicken dinner with a spicy lentil soup and belly dancing by a 12 member troupe.  Stay tuned, this event will be moved to August 5 next year.  Thank you again everyone.  Henry

Monday, August 29, 2011

5K fun run at Mountaindale Sun Resort

Save the date!  Mountaindale Sun Resort has just completed a running trail and is inviting 50 runners or walkers to participate in their first Mountaindale Sun Fun Run and Walk on September 17th  at 9:am.  The event is open to all skill levels and ages.  The 5K run/walk consists of 3 loops over steep logging roads and trails with 200 feet elevation gains every quarter mile as shown on the map above.  However, some of the roads are covered with gravel, which may be uncomfortable for running bare foot. Bring shoes, come early to look at the trails, and decide for yourself whether or not to run bare foot.  The 1 mile walk/stroll takes place on the third loop in the map above with only a 40 feet gain in elevation over a half mile. There is a $10 race and day fee for participants. All others will pay a $12 a day use fee for the Resort which has a swimming pool, hot tub, food to purchase, and places to camp if you wish.  The evening of the run will be a celebration of "Arabian Nights" with belly dancers and Indian and Moroccan food as described here:  Directions to Mountaindale Sun Resort, which is 30 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon, can be found here:   For details and the registration form go to: