“Always forward; never effing quit” – Aaron Leopold discovers his love for running

Tell us about how you found RCTC Mid-way through 2021 I began adding some running into my weekly training routine, which up to then was primarily strength-focused. By August I’d decided, along with a few friends, that I’d run a 7-mile trail race in November, at Silver Falls State Park. After the first couple months […]

Catching up with Cate Maxson, 2021 Rose City Mile race director

In September 2021, Cate Maxson flawlessly directed Rose City Track’s annual Rose City Mile after a yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19. The event—one of very few public one-mile track events—brought runners of all backgrounds to test their speed at Duniway Track in SW Portland. A couple months removed from her successful stint as race director, […]

RCTC welcomes former South Dakota State runner Mackenzie Schell

As a lifelong runner, Mackenzie Schell made her high school varsity cross country and track team in 7th grade (we didn’t even know that was possible)! Since then, Schell has continued to test her limits, continuing onto the Division 1 collegiate level as a track and cross country athlete for South Dakota State University. During […]

Former collegiate runner Samantha Bowen joins Rose City Track

As a collegiate cross country and track athlete, Samantha Bowen (Lewis & Clark ’20) had her senior season end early due to COVID-19. All of a sudden, Bowen’s big goals were pushed aside as the running world went dark. For several months, Bowen—like many—navigated through grief, abandoning running altogether for several months. But in Feb. […]

Teammate Kelly Gallagher sets PR at 2021 Portland Half Marathon

Kelly Gallagher’s first race was at age 5. Growing up in a Cleveland running household, Gallagher has had a lifelong connection to the sport. Over the last couple years, her relationship with running has helped her navigate the pandemic while balancing a career in healthcare. And earlier this month, she celebrated her latest milestone—breaking 1:30 […]

Celebrating health and wellness with three team nutrition experts

For National Nutrition Month, we spoke with three nutrition experts on the team: Lauren Ross, MPH, RD; Emily Ryder, RD; and Samara Roman-Holba, dietetics intern. Each of them have unique experience in the nutrition field. And, as athletes, they know firsthand how important nutrition is for fueling, performance, and wellness.