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.


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.