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Walkers Run PRC: New Group Workouts for Winter
We've added two new group runs to our lineup of free weekly workouts, and one of them isn't a run at all. Join Lynette Hawkins and other enthusiatic and dedicated walkers every Wednesday night at 6 at our downtown store for a walk around our neighborhood. Routes will include the waterfront and Laurelhurst Park. We welcome all paces and reasons for walking. Bring your stroller, your friends, your friendly dogs (on leash), and your passion for walking.
Also just added to our weekly schedule, runners at our Thirsty Thursday group run will be treated to a drink on us! PRC will buy the first round at the Green Dragon after the run. B-double-E-double-are-you-in? That spells BEER RUN!
For more information visit our Group Runs page.
Check Us Out in Your 2014 Chinook Book
For the first time Portland Running Company has a coupon in the Chinook Book! Our coupon will save you $10 off your purchase of $50 or more. We accept paper coupons and the digital kind you display on your mobile device. If you've never purchased the Chinook Book, it's a great resource for savings on local goods and services. More information here.
The running and retail landscapes have changed greatly since Dave and Paula Harkin took charge of Portland Running Company more than a decade ago. Dave explained to the Oregonian's D.K. Row recently how we have adapted and continued to thrive. Our profile in the newspaper's "Retail Spotlight" is a recommended read. Click here for the full story.
Like a Boss: Dave in his Beaverton store.
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I Am PRC: Tricia "Cake Boss" Opgenorth
Here at PRC Nation, we've never met a carb we didn't like. Especially the carbs with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, and chocolate. [*Editor brushes powdered sugar off mousepad.*]
That's why we love Tricia "Cake Boss" Opgenorth.
Tricia's one of the expert bakers at Little T American Baker on Division Street in SE Portland. She also owns her own cake decorating business, creating custom cakes for happy clients. She trains for half-marathons, helps young girls find their stride as a coach for Girls on the Run, and is a regular at our weekly group runs from PRC-Grand. It's a great day when Tricia brings us cupcakes, pastries, or that amazing pretzel bread, so we wanted to return the love and asked our Holly Paige to share Tricia's story with you.
How old were you when you started running?
I ran sprints in track in high school north of Milwaukee, WI, and for two years in college. I guess that's where my running career started. I was always told that I was a fast runner when I was little, and I looked forward to racing on the track. I did pretty well in high school, and after graduation I attended college at a very small Division III school in Wisconsin. I was slower in college, and I transferred my junior year to a campus that didn't have a track team, so that was the end of my track career.
I decided to attend culinary school after I finished my bachelor's degree. I always enjoyed baking, and I knew I would focus more on pastries and cake decorating. I worked in pastry following school, then cake decorating and then with breads for a while. I enjoy the science behind breads and the creativity and details of the decorating side.
"It's not something people think I should be proud of.... I was determined to not have a broken collarbone holding me back from doing what I wanted. I was happy with how I finished and that's what mattered to me."
Favorite shoes? Running apparel?
I love Mizunos. I run in the Wave Creations. I discovered them after doing a product research and development study with Mizuno, and they awarded us with a free pair of shoes. As far as running apparel, I wear whatever is comfortable and buy whatever is affordable.
I enjoy baking cakes, but I really enjoy the decorating aspect. I just like trying new recipes and new flavor combinations, like curried coconut macaroons or caraway and dark chocolate shortbread cookies. My focus lately has been on more healthier options to improve my own personal diet.
Where do you find inspiration for your cake designs?
Pinterest! But most of my cakes are designs that people request when they order a cake. There's usually a theme to a party or a favorite character that the kids like. I make suggestions or recommendations and sometimes I'm given creative license to decorate the cake however I choose. But I usually get my ideas approved first.
Think you'll stay in Portland?
Yes, I think I'll stay. If I ever move out of Portland, you'll still be able to find me somewhere in the Pacific Northwest! It's so great up here! The scenery is amazing and beautiful, and I've met so many wonderful people here. It would be hard to pick up and move elsewhere.
I Am PRC is a regular feature on our site. For more interviews like this one, click here. Interview by Holly Paige. (2/15/2014)