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#1 David Hatfield

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:20 AM

This year's Great Train Chase will be Saturday, Dec 16th at 4pm, followed by a meal at the Laurelwood Public House.  (In case this date/time is not good for you, there will be a dress rehearsal on Saturday, Dec 9th at 10am, followed by a meal in Sellwood.)
 
What:  The Great Train Chase is a run we do every December in which we chase various trains around town.  This year we will start and finish at Oaks Bottom, allowing us two shots at the Holiday Express steam train.  On the intervening loop section of our lollipop route, we will race 3 MAX trains and a Streetcar around downtown.  The route is 10.5 miles and will take 1 hour 45 minutes (10 min/mile average.)
 
Route:  Here's a link to the route map.
 
Who:  Everyone.  The chase is designed for people who run 10 min/miles or faster.  And if you will be running slower than 10's, you can let me know and I will suggest more options.  As usual with a Red Lizard run, no one will be left behind.  If 10 min/miles sounds tediously slow, not to worry.  You can use the Hare approach: Try to run alongside the trains and take short breathers at the transfer points.
 
Start/Finish Location:  We will start and finish where the Holiday Express steam train loads and unloads passengers on the Springwater Corridor adjacent to Oaks Bottom Amusement Park.  Arrive up to 15 minutes prior to departure time to go over logistics, stretch, get cold, etc.

 

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#2 David Hatfield

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:04 AM

bump..


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#3 Jeff M

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:55 AM

Yipppeee! The Great Train Chase.

 

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:47 PM

It won’t let me vote either. Keeps bringing up a pop up window to sign on, even though I’m already signed on to the message board.

My vote is Dec. 16th, 4:00-6:00pm.

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#5 SusanB

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 03:26 PM

It wouldn't let me vote:  I'd pick 10-12 on December 16th.  



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 03:30 AM

Okay, The Great Train Chase will be Saturday, Dec 16th at 4pm.  There will be a dress rehearsal on Saturday, Dec 9th at 10am.  Come to one or both events.  (Sorry if you can't make either.)  They will be similar, but on the 16th, the Holiday Express steam train will be lit up on the way home.

 

More information forthcoming.  And speaking of "dress", any ideas concerning what costume theme to use this year? :santa:


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:50 AM

Darci and I both vote for 10:00 on the 16th.
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#8 David Hatfield

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 03:26 PM

Darci and I both vote for 10:00 on the 16th.
Steve

 

Steve,  Sorry about that.


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:33 AM

I will not make the dress rehearsal this Saturday morning.  Does someone want to take the lead?  The route and timetable (below) are the same as last year.

 

Timetable:
(Note: The min/mile pace listed for each leg is the minimum pace needed to make the next connection.  The speed of the trains themselves can be much faster, leaving brief layovers between legs.
 
Prologue) 10:00am The Holiday Express starts by going upstream toward the Sellwood Bridge and back.  This takes about 10 minutes.  You can follow the train, or just start downstream toward the Ross Island Bridge and get a jump on the train.
Leg 1) 10:10am Race the Holiday Express from Oaks Bottom to the Ross Island Bridge (2.3 miles, 7:00 min/mile.)
Leg 2) 10:26am Connect to Portland Streetcar - A Loop (10:29am) and chase it over the Tilikum Crossing bridge (1.0 mile, 9:00 min/mile.)
Leg 3) 10:39am Follow same streetcar up to PSU Urban Plaza at SW 6th & Mill (1.0 mile, 9:00 min/mile.)
Leg 4) 10:44am Await MAX Green Line (10:48am) and dash after it down 6th Ave to Pioneer Courthouse Square (0.45 miles, 15:30 min/mile.)
Leg 5) 10:55am Try to beat MAX Blue Line across the Steel Bridge (1.3 miles, 8:30 min/mile.)
Leg 6) 11:06am Run the Esplanade and Springwater Corridor back to the Ross Island Bridge (2.15 miles, 9:45 min/mile.)
Leg 7) 11:28am: Race the Holiday Express back to the finish at Oaks Bottom (2.3 miles, 7:00 min/mile.)
Epilogue) 12pm Eat in Sellwood.  (Laurelwood Public House & Brewery @ 6410 S.E. Milwaukie Ave, or other eatery.)  You're welcome to join in just for the Epilogue.

 

Pacing Note: If you plan on running 9:00-minute miles, start Leg 1 at 10:05am.  If you plan on running 10:00 minute miles, start Leg 1 at 10:02am, and take a shortcut between Legs 5 & 6, crossing the Burnside Bridge instead of the Steel Bridge.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:00 PM

As for costumes, Jim and I will be bringing some festive accessories for all. For this year's theme, think "magical". ;-) If possible, wear white or other light and bright colors.



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:39 PM

Cool.  Thank you!


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 07:57 AM

Thanks for getting this organized.  I look forward to running it.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 07:39 PM

The Train Chase is tomorrow (12/16) at 4pm (gather at 3:45pm.  Parking available at Sellwood Riverfront Park.)  The route and timetable (below) are similar to last year.

 

Timetable:
(Note: The min/mile pace listed for each leg is the minimum pace needed to make the next connection.  The speed of the trains themselves can be much faster, leaving brief layovers between legs.
 
Prologue) 4:00pm The Holiday Express starts by going upstream toward the Sellwood Bridge and back.  This takes about 10 minutes.  You can follow the train, or just start downstream toward the Ross Island Bridge and get a jump on the train.
Leg 1) 4:10pm Race the Holiday Express from Oaks Bottom to the Ross Island Bridge (2.3 miles, 7:00 min/mile.)
Leg 2) 4:26pm Connect to Portland Streetcar - A Loop (4:27pm) and chase it over the Tilikum Crossing bridge (1.0 mile, 7:00 min/mile.)
Leg 3) 4:33pm Follow same streetcar up to PSU Urban Plaza at SW 6th & Mill (1.0 mile, 11:00 min/mile.)
Leg 4) 4:44pm Await MAX Green Line (4:48pm) and dash after it down 6th Ave to Pioneer Courthouse Square (0.45 miles, 13:20 min/mile.)
Leg 5) 4:54pm Try to beat MAX Blue Line across the Steel Bridge (1.3 miles, 9:15 min/mile.)
Leg 6) 5:06pm Run the Esplanade and Springwater Corridor back to the Ross Island Bridge (2.15 miles, 8:40 min/mile.)
Leg 7) 5:26pm: Race the Holiday Express back to the finish at Oaks Bottom (2.3 miles, 7:00 min/mile.)
Epilogue) 6pm Eat in Sellwood.  (Laurelwood Public House & Brewery @ 6410 S.E. Milwaukie Ave, or other eatery.)  You're welcome to join in just for the Epilogue.

 

Pacing Note: If you plan on running 9:00-minute miles, start Leg 1 at 10:05am.  If you plan on running 10:00 minute miles, start Leg 1 at 10:02am, and take a shortcut between Legs 5 & 6, crossing the Burnside Bridge instead of the Steel Bridge.


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 06:13 PM

that was FUN 



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 09:01 PM

Great Train Chase photos..

 

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