Team Spotlight: Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing

The 2nd edition to our Team Spotlight blog series where we’re featuring some of the awesome teams we sponsor.

Team Name: Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing
Location: Portland, OR
Sport: Cycling – Road, MTB, Cyclocross
Number of members: 59
Favorite Nuun Flavor: All of them! Although some tried and true favorites surface such as Grape, Watermelon, Lemon Lime and Tri Berry.

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Team mission: Enhance the sport of cycling in Oregon by organizing an accessible team with resources to help all members reach their goals within the sport.  Team Oregon is built on a strong team-oriented model, something often missing in competitive cycling today. Experienced riders share their knowledge with less experienced team members. In addition to racing, 
members are encouraged to be active in the club and assist in the club’s operations and projects. Our club is active in promoting races, training rides, training camps, community cycling events, and coaching.

Why does the team like Nuun? We love that it’s nutritious and delicious!  The balance of ingredients provides just what we’re looking for in a performance beverage.  We’re able to replenish our electrolytes and maintain hydration without impacting our calorie replacement regimen helping keep our stomachs settled.   The refreshing taste keeps us coming back for more ensuring we don’t get dehydrated.  If we’re feeling tired or getting ready to crush a ride, we fill our bottles with the caffeinated enhanced Nuun.  Hold on tight!

We also like the tablet delivery system that allows us to pocket extra Nuun for refills during our epic rides.  Off the bike…..a rare occasion mind you….we stay focused and fuel up pre-ride or workout with the All Day Nuun.  We simply just can’t get enough!

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Where is the team’s favorite place to ride? Why? Surprise….Oregon.  It’s simply an amazing place for riding.  You can get 5,000+ ft of climbing within PDX city limits without ever repeating a road via Forest and Washington Park.  Venture out east to the Mt Hood National forest, The Dalles or ride to Multnomah Falls via the Gorge and feel like you’re in another country.  Head down to Eugene to ride the rolling wine country or to the high desert in Bend to get some rides in at elevation or some of the best MTB around.  You can’t go wrong no matter where you are.

We also have a large cyclocross team, adventurous by nature and here’s their take on great riding.  Forgotten roads.  Tracks and paths.  Timeless travels.  Over the coast range and back again.  Climbing till you hit snow, then throw snowballs.  Cycling in Oregon lets us do all this in a day!

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Upcoming Races: We target Pacific NW races matching the OBRA and WSBA calendars.  Some highlights this year will be:

Oregon Cup Races (Road)
Monday/Tuesday Night PIR Series (Road, MTB)
Tour of Walla Walla (Road)
Tour de Bloom (Road)
Chain Breaker (MTB)
Baker City Classic (Road)
High Desert Omnium (Road)
Sisters Stampede (MTB)
Cascade Classic (Road)
Cross Crusade Series (CX)
Gran Prix Erik Tonkin Series (CX)

If you’re ever in the Portland area and looking for a quality ride, come check out our Saturday team ride.  Details via our website.  Also, writing this up made me thirsty, time for some Nuun.

Connect with Team Oregon:
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

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Nuun Runs Ragnar Trail Zion

Nuun ventured to Southern Utah this past weekend to run Ragnar Trail Zion. With our camping gear, running shoes, lots of snacks and an adventurous attitude, we set off for a weekend of beautiful trails and little sleep. Little did we know what mother nature would add to the mix…

To tell the story of our weekend, we’ll let the photos do most the talking.

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Home for the next 3 days: Zion Ponderosa Ranch

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A 5-star campsite!

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Getting caffeinated, Nuun style

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Sean filling up the coolers with delicious electrolytes

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Safety first! Team at safety meeting before our start.

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And we’re off! Rira (in blue) starting Team Nuun off on the Green Loop: 3.1 miles

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Catey coming in off the Yellow Loop: 4.6 miles (note, she is very pregnant and ROCKED this relay!)

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Off on the Red Loop: 8.3 miles

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Cheering on Bry from our campsite as she starts the Yellow Loop.

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As the sun set, the Nuun lights came on

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And we huddled around the fire or in our sleeping bags to keep warm

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It started to rain and things got real muddy

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The rain turned to snow and we came out of our tents in the morning to this

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Team meeting in the morning to decide whether or not we’d continue to run in the conditions. At the same time, Ragnar canceled the relay, which was a smart call. Trails were very slick and lots of injured runners coming into the exchange.

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Team Nuun survived Ragnar Trail Zion! Although the snow canceled the relay, we had a blast and can’t wait for next year!

Have you ran a Ragnar Trail Relay?

 

A Shoo-In for a Fun Race: Q &A With Calvy Click of Sneaker Report

Sunday’s Nike’s Women Half Marathon is special to Nuun for two reasons. First, we’re the official electrolyte sponsor of the Nike Women’s half marathon and marathon series. Second, we’ll have a team of fitness editors running the race, including Calvy Click, editor-in-chief of Sneaker Report, which covers performance gear and training news. Click is a regular at New York Road Runner races, most recently April 13’s More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon.

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You’re a late entrant to the half. What are your goals for a long race you weren’t planning to do two weeks ago?

I did a half marathon April 13th, so I’m ready to go! Plenty of speed work and yoga in between has been helpful.

How will your training this week differ from what it usually is?

I’ll be traveling prior to this event, so I’ll squeeze in some extra stretching time.

Given your job at Sneaker Report, you know a lot more about running shoes than most people. What do you tell people to look for when selecting a shoe to wear in a half marathon?

Big question! It all depends on the type of runner in question, but my rules of thumb include making sure you have the right fit and having plenty of time in the shoe pre-race to make sure you’re comfortable.

What developing trends in running shoes most interest you?

Knitted uppers and maximum EVA underfoot is an exciting twist.

Women now make up more than 60% of finishers in U.S. half marathons. In 2014, what’s the role of women-only races like the Nike Women’s Half Marathon?

Races like the Nike Women’s Half Marathon definitely welcome and inspire women to run who might not otherwise. Now let’s work on those marathon numbers…

What’s your favorite type of Nuun?

I like the Strawberry Lemonade for sure!

Nuun’s Earth Day Sales Fund Planting in Seattle Forest

The West Duwamish Greenbelt, Seattle’s largest remaining forest, will soon be a little greener thanks to Nuun’s customers. Nuun dedicated to plant 10 trees and plants for each online sale from Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, to the Nature Consortium’s Urban Forest Restoration Program.

“The planet is our playground, and it is our responsibility to leave it better than we found it,” says Nuun CEO Kevin Rutherford. “Trees and plants purify the air, regulate climate, harbor wildlife, and conserve the water we depend on to hydrate.”

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The greenbelt is located on the western slope of the Duwamish River, which is one of the most polluted rivers in the country. The West Duwamish Greenbelt is a vital resource for the wellness of the Pacific Northwest.

“As part of our restoration efforts, we are working to replant the forest with a diversity of native plants to compensate for the effects of logging, which occurred over 100 years ago, as well as the invasion of non-native weeds in the forest,” says Monica Thomas of the Nature Consortium.

As Thomas points out, the restoration program is about more than just trees.

“A healthy Pacific Northwest forest includes many layers – from the top of the tallest tree to the small succulent plants on the ground,” she says. “Nuun has partnered with us to install a diversity of native plants, including trees, shrubs, and groundcover species.”

Among the species that will be planted are Douglas fir, sword fern, evergreen huckleberry, vine maple, and fringe cup.

“This Earth Day program was our first such funding, but it definitely won’t be our last,” says Rutherford.