The Silvan Ridge Twilight 5k is a race where the proceeds go to the Jane Higdon Foundation. Jane was an avid triathlete whose life was cut short on a training ride after being hit by a truck on the narrow, winding roads of the picturesque vineyards of the Willamette Valley (for more information on Jane and her foundation, go here).
I’ve being running the Silvan Ridge Twilight race for four years now, and although I know the course well, each year brings with it a renewed experience of this hilly and hot run. Coming off from a decent track season, I was feeling spiffy and speedy for this annual race. The forecast was due to be the most reasonable in the race’s seven year history, a cool 81 degrees; quite comfortable compared to the previous year, where the Garmin thermometer topped a sweaty and heart pounding 97 degrees. So, this year, I thought, would be a piece of cake! After all, I WON the women’s overall last year (Woo Hoo!), and now, with a 16 degree drop in temperature, I was gearing for another great take-down. Read more >>