It's peak running season out there (not too cold/dark, not too hot yet), and here I am warming the bench with a stoopid knee injury. But the roster of summer fitness events is about to get started, and are a nice motivator to break out of the cold-weather coma. Here's one just for the ladies: The Dirty Girl mud run is an all-ages, all-female 5k race marked with optional obstacle courses on its route, all of which is covered in lots and lots of mud.

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Touring cities all over the country, registration fees to participate go toward the goal of a $500,000 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and survivors run for free. It hits Portland (well technically Canby) on Saturday June 1, with two waves of runners at 8 am and 4 pm. Don't slip, now.