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Trail Blazers submit bid to host NBA All-Star Game

Trail Blazers fans have long dreamed that Portland may one day welcome the best and brightest in the NBA by way of hosting an NBA All-Star Weekend. And on Thursday, the team took steps to make that dream a reality by submitting a bid to host either the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Rip City.

“For our fan base, it’s long overdue, particularly in one of the few cities that has yet to actually host an NBA All-Star game,” said Chris Oxley, General Manager of the Rose Quarter. “This, quite frankly, could be the single-most significant sporting event or event in general that the city has every had the ability to host. I think that’s very meaningful in terms of Portland taking it to the next level as a host of future major events.”

The theme of the bid, which was submitted to the NBA on Wednesday and entitled “We Got Next,” promotes Portland as the 10th fastest growing city in the United States while noting major sportswear companies like Nike, adidas and Columbia are based in the area. The materials also call out Portland’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge while noting over 400 wineries and 60 breweries are all within an hour’s drive.

“True to being from Portland,” said Oxley, “the bid is very unique, very creative and I think different than what other cities would put together.”

Chris McGowan, President and CEO of the Trail Blazers, has been steadfast since taking the helm back in 2012 that bringing an All-Star Game to Portland was one of the organization’s priorities.

“Consistent with what we’ve said from Day One is when the opportunity to bid on any available All-Star Game occurs, we’d obviously put our best foot forward and bid,” said McGowan. “So we were kind of waiting until the opportunity presented itself, which happened three months ago.”

Since then, the Trail Blazers and the Rose Quarter have worked with with City of Portland, Metro, the Oregon Convention Center, Travel Portland, the Oregon Sports Authority and local hotels to craft the bid and assure that the logistical challenges that hosting an NBA All-Star game poses can be met.

“The NBA is not just looking for the team to play the lead role,” said Oxley. “They’re looking for a cohesive unit from the host team bid community to put the right bid together. As a basketball organization, we don’t have the ability to do this in and of ourselves. All of these guys are the legs on the stool to make this thing happen.”

A lack of hotel rooms in a centralized location has been one of the main reasons Portland has never been seriously considered to host the All-Star Game. But with a new convention center hotel currently in the works, the one nearly insurmountable obstacle to the Trail Blazers’ bid no longer exists.

“As we looked at this, it became clear to Chris (Oxley) and I that there really aren’t tremendous hurdles,” said McGowan. “The city is fully capable of hosting an All-Star game, the region is fully capable and we, obviously, have an arena and a campus and the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum and a Convention Center and eventually a convention center hotel all in very close proximity to each other.”

But even though McGowan and Oxley feel like they a strong case to bring an All-Star game to Portland, there’s also a number of other teams that would argue the same.

“The only hurdle would be, I’d say, competition amongst other teams that are bidding for this,” said McGowan. “We’ve heard there are anywhere from six to 10 other franchises bidding. Getting the NBA open-minded to coming to Portland — they’ve been on record saying that they would be willing to look at an All-Star Weekend in Portland.”

There is no deadline for the NBA to make the decision, though McGowan said he expects to hear from the league “sometime this year.” Until then, Trail Blazers fan will have to keep their fingers crossed that their All-Star dreams will finally come true.

— August 14, 2014

eUpdate – Dew Tour on Broadway, Big-time Golf and World Disc Golf Championships

A three-block stretch in the heart of downtown Portland will be transformed this weekend into an epic action sports setting for the Dew Tour’s Toyota City Championships. Top skateboard and BMX athletes are returning to their roots to ride a downhill streetstyle course on SW Broadway between Jefferson and Salmon. A BMX Dirt competition and Skateboard Best Trick event get things going on Saturday evening, followed by Streetstyle BMX and Streetstyle Skateboarding on Sunday. Both days of the Dew Tour are completely free for spectators to attend!

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— August 14, 2014

eUpdate – MLS All-Star Week, Little League Softball, Wine Country Half Marathon, FootGolf

Beginning tomorrow Portland will host an unprecedented week-long celebration of soccer, culminating with the 2014 AT&T Major League Soccer All-Star Game Wednesday evening at Providence Park. MLS All-Stars will take on one of the world’s top soccer clubs, FC Bayern Munich and several players from the World Cup Champion German National Team. The days leading up to the All-Star Game are jam-packed with interactive festivities hosted by the Portland Timbers and MLS, including clinics, player appearances and special community events. Pioneer Square will be transformed into a replica of Providence Park, with soccer matches, autograph sessions, a live concert and a free public viewing party during the All-Star Game – all part of the MLS Experience presented by adidas.

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— July 31, 2014

eUpdate – World Cup Viewing, Run TrackTown Youth League, World Junior Championships and Synchronized Skating

World Cup fans are invited to come together this Sunday to celebrate the FIFA World Cup Final during a public viewing party in Portland’s living room, Pioneer Courthouse Square. This will mark the third consecutive World Cup during which thousands of soccer fans have gathered at Pioneer Square to witness the final match. The party kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with the Germany vs. Argentina final match shown at Noon on a giant Jumbotron. The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to join Portland creative agency Roundhouse, along with adidas and Widmer Brothers to once again make this community event possible.

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eUpdate – Run TrackTown Youth League, Spectacular Summer of Sport and FAST Camp

The Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA are proud to announce the inaugural season of the Run TrackTown Youth League, a series of seven all-comer track meets across Oregon this summer. Top finishers will advance to the Run TrackTown Youth League Championship meet on July 26 at Hayward Field, as part of the final weekend of festivities surrounding the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Eugene.

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TrackTown USA and Oregon Sports Authority Announce Run TrackTown Youth League

TrackTown USA and the Oregon Sports Authority are proud to announce the inaugural season of the Run TrackTown Youth League, a series of seven all-comer track meets to be held across the state this summer. Top finishers will advance to the Run TrackTown Youth League Championship meet on July 26 at Hayward Field, as part of the final weekend of festivities surrounding the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene.

Run TrackTown Youth League regional meets will be free of charge and open to current 3rd through 8th grade boys and girls of all experience levels. Meets will take place in the cities of Bend, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Medford and Portland. Participants from all Oregon communities are encouraged to participate in their closest regional meet.

Events to be contested are the 100 meters, 400 meters, 1,500 meters, long jump and turbojav. The top three competitors in each discipline at each regional meet will qualify to compete at the Run TrackTown Youth League Championship, held under the lights at Hayward Field on the evening of July 26. The Championship meet will take place on the final weekend of the IAAF World Junior Championships, offering Oregon youth an unprecedented opportunity to be connected with the world’s best young track and field athletes during one of the most exciting track and field events ever to take place in our state.

The Run TrackTown Youth League is a partnership developed by TrackTown USA and the Oregon Sports Authority to encourage Oregon’s youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country. The Oregon Sports Authority is providing financial support for the regional meets and TrackTown USA will conduct the championship meet in Eugene.

Visit for additional details and online registration.

“I was in awe of the overwhelming representation and performances by athletes connected to Oregon that I witnessed at the London Olympics,” said Oregon Sports Authority Board Officer Doug Obletz. “I came back knowing I wanted to help in some way to grow track and field in Oregon, and I’m very pleased with what the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA have put together.”

“Running under the lights at Hayward Field is an experience that track and field athletes dream about,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA. “Pair that experience with getting to watch the world’s best junior athletes compete on the biggest stage, and this will be an experience these kids will never forget.”

“Providing these meets without charging entry fees to participants is very important to the Oregon Sports Authority,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “This is about inspiring our young people to live healthy and active lifestyles, and ensuring that economics do not play a role in their ability to compete.”

The Oregon Sports Authority is working with local track and field organizers in each community to coordinate the Run TrackTown Youth League regional meets.

“Bend High School and the entire Bend Community are very excited to be hosting one of the regional meets for the inaugural Run TrackTown Youth League season,” said Kyle Will, meet director for the regional event and head track coach at Bend Senior High School. The twilight meet at Bend Senior High will be held on the evening of Friday June 27. “We look forward to hosting this incredible youth track meet and hope you all will join us!”

The Run TrackTown Youth League is supported by the following sponsors and donors: Willamette Valley Track and Field, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club and Turbojav.

2014 Regional Meet Schedule
June 25: Eugene – University of Oregon
June 27: Bend – Bend High School
June 29: Hermiston – Hermiston High School
July 9: Corvallis – Corvallis High School
July 12: Coos Bay – Marshfield High School
July 13: Medford – Saint Mary’s School
July 15: Portland – Grant High School
July 26: Championship Meet – Eugene, Hayward Field

Dew Tour returning to Portland this summer with streetstyle event

Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, the Dew Tour will return to Portland for a two-day streetstyle-focused event, August 16-17. NBC will air two and a half hours of original programming from the Toyota City Championships, as well as two hours on NBCSN.

“With its heritage of action sports, Portland is an ideal host city for Dew Tour events, demonstrated for seven straight years after coming in as a founding host city in 2005. We’re excited to have found another great location to host our streetstyle competitions,” said Eric Grilly, President, Alli Sports. “It’s fitting that we return to such an iconic Dew Tour city during our 10th Anniversary season, bringing back the sports we’ve always supported but showcased through our progressive new competitions.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the Dew Tour back to its roots and can’t wait to see the new streetstyle format in downtown Portland,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic. “We owe a huge thanks to the City of Portland, Travel Portland and several downtown area businesses and organizations who stepped up with us to make the Dew Tour’s return possible.”

The Dew Tour will return to Portland for the first time since 2011 for the two-day streetstyle event, followed by a second streetstyle event in Brooklyn, N.Y September 20-21. The season will once again start in Ocean City, Md. for the fourth consecutive year June 25-29, and wrap up from Breckenridge Ski Resort, in Breckenridge, Colo., December 11-14.

“The City is very happy to welcome the Dew Tour back to Portland for this unique streetstyle event. We are pleased the national and international audience will see the heart of our great city as the backdrop to the excitement and action of these competitions,” said Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland. “The Dew Tour is a great organization to work with and the efforts by City Council members and bureau staff to make this all happen show how much Portland appreciates sports of all kinds.”

The Dew Tour schedule will incorporate specific sports and disciplines:

BMX Streetstyle
BMX Dirt Session
Skateboard Streetstyle

The 2014 Dew Tour will be available on NBC, NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Live Extra where Dew Tour’s dedicated digital platform – will stream live competitions and bring consumers exclusive Dew Tour action, interviews and behind-the-scenes access on desktops, mobile device and tablets.

Watch the video teaser for the 2014 Dew Tour!

eUpdate – Portland Thunder, Stanley Cup and New Members

The Portland Thunder are bringing high-energy, bone-jarring arena football to the Moda Center, kicking off their inaugural season on Monday, March 17 against the San Jose SaberCats. Season tickets start as low as $99 and single-game tickets are available as well. Come welcome Portland’s newest professional sports franchise and experience the unique atmosphere of arena football, which gives the crowd a chance to virtually be part of the game. High-five players after touchdowns, knock down passes thrown over the wall and keep any football you catch. Be there for the Thunder’s inaugural game at the Moda Center – get your season tickets today!

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eUpdate – Tennis Legends, USA Fencing Junior Olympics, Wine Country Half Marathon

See tennis legends Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and James Blake compete in PowerShares Series Tennis at the Moda Center on February 27. This one-night tennis tournament with four of the best American tennis players in history will feature two semifinal matches followed by a championship match. Get the Rose Quarter’s Family 4 Pack featuring four discounted tickets, four hot dogs or popcorn, and four sodas, and save up to $92!

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Portland selected to host 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships

We are thrilled to report a major event announcement this morning: the IAAF voted unanimously today to award the World Indoor Track & Field Championships to Portland in March 2016. A delegation led by USA Track & Field and TrackTown USA presented Portland’s bid to the IAAF Council this morning, including presentations by TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna, Oregon Sports Authority board Vice-President Doug Obletz and Gail Shibley, Chief of Staff for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Today’s announcement represents a monumental victory for sports in our state and we extend our congratulations to all involved!

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eUpdate – Portland Marathon, Gateway Green, New Members

Runners and walkers from all 50 states and 31 countries will descend on Portland this weekend for the 43rd annual Portland Marathon, Sports and Fitness Expo, Portland Marathon Half, 10K Family Walk, Event Directors’ College and Kids’ Fun Run & Festival. Many runners and walkers will be participating in the Marathon’s “Speak with Your Feet” fundraising campaign to honor and support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in April. This initiative continues the Portland Marathon’s role as a powerful vehicle for charity, with more than $1.5 million raised during the past decade. Last year alone, the Marathon gave $200,000 in grants and donations to area non-profits, service clubs, school groups and athletic teams through its Going the Distance Foundation.

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eUpdate – USA Cycling Nationals, Safeway Classic, Atlas Race

The 2013 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships are expected to draw more than 3,500 competitors, support staff, and fans to the Bend area next week for five days of exciting bike racing. The event will kick off on Wednesday with a time trial that starts in Prineville and runs along the scenic Crooked River. Road racing events then shift to the picturesque and imposing peaks of Mt. Bachelor, culminating next Sunday with criterium races on a new course in beautiful downtown Redmond.

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eUpdate – MLS All-Star Game, Little League Softball, Wine Country Half Marathon and more

Major League Soccer, the Portland Timbers and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales joined together earlier this month to announce that Portland will host the 2014 MLS All-Star Game at JELD-WEN Field – the city’s first ever All-Star Game in a major professional sport. The annual showcase event will feature several days of festivities in late July/early August, culminating with a match between the league’s top players and a renowned international club to be announced at a future date. The 2013 MLS All-Star Game takes place tonight in Kansas City, shown live on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m.

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Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon expected to draw more than 2,200 runners; Olympian Kara Goucher to speak at race expo

The 4th Annual Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, presented by Subaru, is fast approaching on Sunday, September 1. The scenic 13.1-mile race starts at Stoller Family Estate Winery, and finishes in downtown Carlton at Main and Pine Streets. Produced by Destination Races, the event is the fourth of six in the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Over 2,200 runners are expected to compete in the race this year.

Kara Goucher, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian representing the United States, will be the guest speaker at the Race Expo on Saturday, August 31 at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The expo is open to the public and features packet pickup, product sampling, demonstrations and seminars, plus discounts to Evergreen attractions including the museums, Water Park, and IMAX theater. Goucher, who finished 11th in the 2012 Olympic Marathon in London, will appear with husband and runner Adam Goucher to talk about her Olympic experiences, as well as how she balances life as a mother and training. The Gouchers will be available to meet from 3:30pm to 5:30pm near the Foot Traffic and Playworks Portland booths outside the Aviation Museum. Kara will host a Q & A seminar at 4:00pm. Kara Goucher will also speak at the Race Dinner held at Red Ridge Farms starting at 6:30pm. Registration is required for the dinner.

A new addition to the race expo this year is the Playworks Fun Run at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. The race is designed for all ages and families, and runs around the Evergreen property. There are two distances (1/2 mile and 1 mile) and two registration options for the run. Option A includes admission to the Waterpark. Proceeds benefit Playworks Portland and the Evergreen Scholarship Foundation. The Fun Runs start at 11:00am on Saturday, August 31, during the Race Expo. Register online at

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon starts at 7:00am with the first finishers expected to arrive in downtown Carlton at Main and Pine Streets shortly after 8:00am. There is also a two-person relay option available for runners, with the transition occurring at mile 6 near Abbey Road Farm. Following the race, runners and their guests are treated to the Wine & Music Festival, presented by United Healthcare and Ken Wright Cellars. The festival is held along Pine St. in downtown Carlton from 9:30am to noon. Two dozen wineries and local breweries will pour tastings at the festival and the band Franco Paletta & The Stingers will play on the stage next to Carlton Cellars. The awards ceremony begins at 10:30am on the stage. A cash prize purse is offered to the top three overall winners, and the top three finishers in each age group receive a bottle of wine.

The race is expected to sell out this year for the first time, according to Matt Dockstader, Race Director and President of Destination Races. “We’ve always been able to attract a heavy influence of out-of-state participants to this race, and now the Oregon running community is discovering what a jewel of an event we have here in the heart of the Willamette Valley,” said Dockstader. Sergio Reyes, of Palmdale, CA, and winner of the 2010 USA Marathon championship, is the favorite in the men’s field.

Destination Races partners with local and regional charities and non-profit organizations to serve as the beneficiary and volunteer provider for the event. Carlton Together Cares, Playworks Portland and ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer are the beneficiaries this year. Sponsors for the 2013 Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon include Subaru, Ken Wright Cellars, Oregon Sports Authority, Spirit Mountain Casino, Stoller Family Estate, UnitedHealthcare, ACCELERADE, SPIbelt, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, Riedel, Touring & Tasting, RunCoach, Foot Traffic running stores and 101.9 KINK FM.

eUpdate – Gold Cup Soccer, Street League Skateboarding, Pro Tennis

One week from today the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will make its first appearance in Portland in over a decade, taking on Belize in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup at JELD-WEN Field. As part of a group stage doubleheader also featuring a match between Costa Rica and Cuba, the Gold Cup offers a rare chance to experience the intensity and passion of international soccer competition. The biannual event composed of the top 12 men’s national soccer teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean routinely draws capacity crowds and millions of TV viewers from around the globe.

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News Release – Tough Mudder Takes On Oregon

Approximately 6,000 participants will descend upon Wilson Ranches Retreat near Fossil on the weekend of June 15 & 16 to participate in Tough Mudder, a 10+ mile obstacle course challenge that is the ultimate test of strength, grit, stamina and camaraderie.

Designed by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder features more than 20 military-style obstacles, such as “Funky Monkey,” greased-up incline and decline monkey bars; “Fire Walker,” a run through 4-foot-high flames; and “Electroshock Therapy,” a gauntlet of 10,000-volt-charged dangling wires participants must barrel through to get to the finish line. The event is not about finish times or winning a medal — simply completing a Tough Mudder is a badge of honor. On average, only 78% of participants finish a Tough Mudder event, and with a course designed to be virtually impossible to complete individually, 80% of participants register with a team.

The event has wide appeal — participants (known as “Mudders”) range from veterans to business executives to pageant queens to 81-year-old grandfathers. And for many Mudders, Tough Mudder is more than just a weekend event — it’s a lifestyle. More than 1,000 diehard Mudders have even had the Tough Mudder logo permanently tattooed on their bodies.

Tough Mudder is the largest supporter of Wounded Warrior Project and its mission to assist severely injured veterans. To date, Tough Mudder participants have raised more than $5 million for Wounded Warrior Project.

Registrations for the Tough Mudder Oregon event are now open. Spectator tickets are also available. For those interested in finding other ways to get involved, Tough Mudder is currently on the lookout for volunteers to be a part of the action.

— News Release, June 4, 2013

eUpdate – Hillsboro Hops Tickets, NCAA Track & Field, Oregon’s Spectacular Summer of Sport

Minor league baseball makes its much-anticipated return to the Portland area on Monday, June 17 when the Hillsboro Hops open their inaugural Northwest League season in a brand new ballpark off of Highway 26. Single game tickets starting at just $7 per game go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 a.m., while season tickets and mini packages are currently available. As the short-season single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Hops will feature a roster of up-and-coming young players eager to demonstrate their baseball talent during the Hops’ 38-game home schedule. Make your plans to welcome baseball back and see MLB stars of tomorrow in a beautiful new ballpark in Hillsboro!

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Portland Golf Club to host 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur

The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced Portland Golf Club as the host site of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Aug. 10-16.

“Portland Golf Club holds a very special place in golf history,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “The USGA is proud to bring another championship to the club and add another page to the Portland Golf Club history book.”

This will be the 33rd USGA championship conducted in the state of Oregon and the third held at Portland Golf Club. In 1982, the club hosted the first of Miller Barber’s record three U.S. Senior Open Championship victories, while Bill Ploeger won the 1999 USGA Senior Amateur Championship.

“We are honored to partner with the USGA in hosting the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship to kick off our second century of Portland Golf Club,” said Ed Ellis, co-chairman of Portland Golf Club’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Committee. “We have a rich tradition of bringing major tournaments to Portland Golf Club, and we know our challenging and nationally renowned greens will provide the world’s best amateur women golfers with an excellent test of their golf skills. Our members and volunteers promise to provide an exceptional experience for everyone.”

Nestled along Fanno Creek, Portland Golf Club was established in 1914 by a small group of businessmen who built the initial course based on its proximity to frequent passenger rail service from downtown Portland via the Oregon Electric Railroad. Today, the course features century-old trees, rolling hills and undulating and lightning-fast greens.

Portland Golf Club hosted the 1946 PGA Championship, which was won by Ben Hogan, but it is perhaps best known for helping to revive the Ryder Cup by hosting the 1947 matches after a 10-year hiatus for World War II. The USA Team, which was captained by Hogan and included Walter Hagen, Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson, defeated the British team, 11-1.

Champions of other tournaments hosted by Portland Golf Club include Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Cary Middlecoff, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Payne Stewart, Fred Couples, Billy Casper, Kathy Whitworth, Donna Caponi and Nancy Lopez.

This will mark the sixth time the Women’s Amateur has been conducted in Oregon, the most recent championship being Amanda Blumenherst’s 2008 victory at Eugene Country Club.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship was first conducted in 1895 as one of the USGA’s first three championships. It is open to female amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4. The 2013 championship will be conducted Aug. 5-11 at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina, while the 2014 championship will be held Aug. 4-10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. In 2016, the championship will be conducted Aug. 8-14 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa.

— News Release, May 9, 2013

eUpdate – USA Gymnastics, Boston Support, Rock ‘n’ Roll Half

More than 1,000 gymnasts, coaches and family members have descended on Portland this week for the 2013 USA Gymnastics Men’s Junior Olympics National Championships at the Oregon Convention Center, the first ever USA Gymnastics national championship ever staged in the Rose City. Hosted by Metro Gymnastics Center, the Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland, the Junior Olympics features the top male gymnasts in the country ages 11-18, many of whom are already eying coveted spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Portland to Host 2013 USA Gymnastics Men’s Junior Olympics National Championships

Portland will host its first ever USA Gymnastics national championship event next week as more than 1,000 gymnasts, coaches and family members descend on the Rose City for the 2013 USA Gymnastics Men’s Junior Olympics National Championships, May 1 – May 5 at the Oregon Convention Center. Hosted locally by Metro Gymnastics Center, the Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland, the Junior Olympics is a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event featuring the top male gymnasts in the country ages 11-18.

Eighteen Oregon athletes are preparing to compete among more than 700 of the nation’s best, with gymnasts already starting to eye coveted spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. An elaborate Opening Ceremony presented by Regence will formally kick off the event on the evening of Wednesday, May 1, with competition continuing May 2 – 5 in Exhibit Hall A at the Oregon Convention Center. Event tickets are currently available online at and will also be available at the Oregon Convention Center during most events.

“What a delight it is to bring such a prestigious event to our hometown,” said Metro Gymnastics Center President David Klein. “We hope Oregonians come out to see the nation’s best young gymnasts put on an incredible show.”

With more than 1,000 gymnasts, family members and coaches visiting Portland for the five day event, the region is expected to receive a significant influx of tourism dollars. “We expect our hotels, restaurants and shopping destinations to see a noticeable bump in business as a direct result of the Junior Olympics,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic.

A detailed event schedule and ticket information can be found at

— News Release, April 25, 2013

eUpdate – Thorns FC Opener, Olympic Trials, Tough Mudder

Witness Oregon sports history this weekend when the Portland Thorns FC host Seattle in the club’s inaugural National Women’s Soccer League home opener, Sunday afternoon at JELD-WEN Field. Portland’s newest pro sports franchise debuted Saturday in Kansas City, earning a 1-1 draw on a successful penalty kick from the foot of former University of Portland star Christine Sinclair. With nearly 7,000 season tickets already sold, Portland is poised to embrace the Thorns FC with all of the fervor one would expect in “Soccer City, USA.” The home opener is nearly sold out so get your tickets today!

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U.S. Olympic Trials will return to TrackTown USA in 2016

In a special announcement at the Oregon State Capitol building Thursday, USATF CEO Max Siegel declared that the greatest track meet on U.S. soil will return to TrackTown USA when the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field are contested July 1-10, 2016 at Historic Hayward Field.

On behalf of USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee, Siegel made the announcement to an audience including Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, University of Oregon President Mike Gottfredson, Oregon State Senate President Peter Courtney, Oregon House of Representatives Speaker Tina Kotek, and TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna. Also in attendance were supporters from Oregon Track Club, City of Eugene, City of Springfield, Lane County, and Travel Lane County.

“Eugene set the bar high for what it means to host an Olympic Trials in 2008, and in 2012 they exceeded anyone’s expectations with a truly spectacular, world-class event,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “Local and state organizers cater not only to our athletes, but to track fans as well, and they have redefined the fan experience. As our sport continues to grow nationally, we are pleased to return to TrackTown in 2016.”

The largest national championship track meet in the world, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials hosts more than 1,000 athletes competing for a chance to advance to the Olympic Games. The awarding of the 2016 Olympic Trials marks the third consecutive Trials hosted in Eugene and the sixth overall for the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

“The USOC is pleased that the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field will be returning to Hayward Field and the University of Oregon in 2016,” said Scott Blackmun, chief executive officer, USOC. “Outstanding performances in Eugene during the 2008 and 2012 Trials set the stage for incredible success for Team USA in both Beijing and London. We thank USATF for their commitment to making the trials a great event, and thank the people of Eugene for their support of America’s athletes.”

“The State of Oregon embraces the sport of track and field and welcomes the opportunity to once again host those athletes competing to represent Team USA in 2016,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber. “The events bring important economic activity to the state and opportunities for Oregonians to cheer on the nation’s finest athletes, including so many who call this ‘home’.”

In 2012, the Olympic Trials and its surrounding festival attracted more than 173,000 paid fans over eight days of competition that were highlighted by Ashton Eaton’s world record in the decathlon. The TrackTown12 fan festival—highlighted by a huge interactive zone from Nike—added local entertainment and food, engagement with star athletes, and youth track and field activities to the fan experience. The event also reached well beyond Hayward Field in 2012, by staging the men’s and women’s Hammer throw in front of approximately 5,000 fans on the Nike campus in Beaverton, and inviting high school teams from throughout the state to compete in the TrackTown Relay.

“We are honored and pleased that TrackTown USA will once again welcome the world’s No. 1 team as the athletes select themselves for a spot on Team USA in Rio,” said Lananna. “We are excited to partner once again with all stakeholders to make this event a huge success.”

Eugene previously hosted the 1972, 1976, 1980, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and in 2014 will host the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships. Hayward Field has played host to 10 NCAA Outdoor Championships and annually hosts standing-room-only crowds for the Nike Prefontaine Classic.

— News Release from the University of Oregon, April 11, 2013

eUpdate: US Soccer in Gold Cup, Street League, USA Gymnastics

This summer the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will make its first appearance in Portland in over a decade, taking on Belize in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup at JELD-WEN Field. Part of a group stage doubleheader on the evening of July 9, the event will also feature a match between Costa Rica and Cuba, providing area soccer fans with a unique opportunity to witness the intensity and passion of international soccer competition. The Gold Cup is a biannual competition among the top 12 men’s national soccer teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of TV viewers from around the globe.

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JELD-WEN Field to host U.S. Men’s Soccer Team in 2013 Gold Cup

JELD-WEN Field will play host to a 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage doubleheader, featuring the United States, Belize, Costa Rica and Cuba men’s national teams, on Tuesday, July 9, it was announced today by CONCACAF as the confederation unveiled the groups and complete schedule for the upcoming tournament.

The Group C matchups at JELD-WEN Field will pit Costa Rica and Cuba at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific), and Belize against the United States at 8 p.m. (Pacific) at the historic, downtown Portland venue. Click here for the complete 2013 Gold Cup schedule.

“We are excited to welcome back the U.S. National Team to Portland, and have the national teams from Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica experience Soccer City, USA,” said Mike Golub, COO of the Portland Timbers. “JELD-WEN Field features one of the most unique and intimate soccer environments in North America and we are excited to showcase the experience on an international stage.”

Tickets, which will allow entry into both matches, start at $25 and go on sale to the public Thursday, March 21, at 10 a.m. (Pacific) through the JELD-WEN Field box office and online at

An exclusive pre-sale for Timbers season ticket holders, members of the Season Ticket Waiting List, Portland Thorns FC season ticket holders and club sponsors begins Monday, March 18.

The U.S. National Team will make its third visit, and first since 1998, to JELD-WEN Field for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. National Team defeated Kuwait 2-0 in a friendly at then-called Civic Stadium on May 24, 1998. The United States also played host to Costa Rica in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Civic Stadium on Sept. 7, 1997, which the United States won 1-0 on a goal by Tab Ramos.

Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region’s most popular national team tournament, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of viewers across the region. Featuring the best players from the confederation, the tournament includes the top 12 nations in the region.

The following 12 national teams have qualified for this year’s tournament (in alphabetical order): Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.

With a mix of historic venues and new, state-of-the-art soccer facilities, the 2013 edition of the Gold Cup promises to provide fans both in stadium and at home with unforgettable atmospheres in world class venues.

eUpdate – CONCACAF Gold Cup, Wine Country Half Marathon, Thorns FC Lands Morgan, Sinclair

Last week the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) announced that JELD-WEN Field has been selected as one of 13 venues across the nation to host the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. The Gold Cup is a biannual competition among the top 12 men’s national soccer teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Portland Timbers and Oregon Sports Authority submitted the successful bid to host the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup at JELD-WEN Field.

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Portland to host 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) announced today the 13 venues and host cities that will welcome the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup from July 7-28, 2013.

“We would like to thank all cities and venues in the United States for their interest in our Confederation’s Gold Cup and congratulate the ones that have been selected to host its 2013 edition.” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “CONCACAF is looking forward to a successful tournament, working in close partnership with both stadium and local authorities, while expanding the reach of our competition to a larger number of fans in more locations throughout the United States.”

The region’s premier National Team tournament will again expand its footprint by visiting eight new world-class venues in this year’s edition: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA; M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD; Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO; Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT; BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX; Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL; JELD-WEN Field in Portland, OR and Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT. Six new Gold Cup cities are featured in this group of newcomers, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Hartford, Portland and Salt Lake City. Houston and Miami return to host the tournament, for the 5th and 9th time consecutive time, respectively.

The event will also return to five venues from its previous editions including Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX (2009, 2011); Soldier Field in Chicago, IL (2007, 2009, 2011); Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA (1991, 2002, 2011); Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ (2011) and CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA (2005, 2009). Years in parenthesis denote Gold Cups at each venue.

With a mix of historic venues and brand new state of the art soccer facilities that average 57,000 spectators, the 2013 edition of the Gold Cup promises to provide fans both in stadium and at home with unforgettable atmospheres in world class venues. In 2011, the tournament drew more than 600,000 fans throughout 13 match-days, including nine sell-outs.

To date, eleven of the twelve participating national teams have qualified for this year’s tournament. In alphabetical order: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States. The final spot will be decided on Friday in the fifth-place match of the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana between Guatemala and Panama, which is being held in Costa Rica.

Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region’s most popular national team tournament, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of viewers across the region. Featuring the best players from the confederation, the tournament includes the top 12-nations in the region.

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon to open registration

The 4th Annual Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon opens for registration on Wednesday, December 12. Beginning at 12:12 PST on 12/12/12, runners can sign up for this event, which is the fourth in the Wine Country Half Marathon series, produced by Destination Races. The race is held on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, starting at Stoller Family Estate and finishing in downtown Carlton next to Ken Wright Cellars and Tyrus Evan tasting room. The trademark post-race Wine & Music Festival in Carlton features over 20 local wineries, awards ceremony, exhibitors, band, and food and beer garden.

The event is set in the heart of the Willamette Valley, less then an hour drive from downtown Portland, and encompasses four acclaimed wine appellations. Runners are encouraged to bring friends, family and running partners to spend time and enjoy this beautiful area and the scheduled pre and post-race activities. The race is staged on September 1st with race activities beginning on Friday in Portland, with early packet pickup. The race expo is held at the Evergreen Aviation Museum on Saturday, August 31. All registered race participants receive a discount on Evergreen’s attractions during the weekend. A 5K fun run will be held on Saturday at Evergreen during the expo.

“The Oregon Wine Country Half is a must run! You start with a beautiful sunrise looking over the countryside and through vineyards to end in the charming town of Carlton. This was my first Destination Race, and I’m so excited for the next one!” exclaimed Jenny Ostenson, from Indianapolis, after last year’s race. A team competition and Winery Challenge are offered for the half marathon and a 2-Person Relay option is also available. Special pricing is offered for early sign ups with $15 savings until January 1, 2013 and $10 savings until July 1, 2013.

Matt Dockstader, President of Destination Races, is also excited about the prospects for this year’s race. “The post-race survey comments we received from participants were filled with overwhelming praise. This event is clearly the undiscovered gem in our Wine Country Half Marathon series. I truly hope more runners from the Northwest get to experience this fantastic event this year, as they won’t be disappointed.”

The Event benefits local and national charities and non-profit organizations, including Carlton Together Cares, who provides the bulk of the volunteers needed. Event sponsors and partners include Oregon Sports Authority, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, Ken Wright Cellars, Stoller Family Estate, Yamhill Valley News Register, Fit Right Northwest, and Portland Marathon.

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is produced by Destination Races of Sonoma, California. The Wine Country Half Marathon series consists of six races including Santa Barbara wine country, Northern Virginia, Napa-to-Sonoma, Oregon (Willamette Valley), Kelowna, B.C. and Healdsburg, CA. For more Information on the event series and Destination Races, go to

eUpdate – 2015 NCAA Tournament, U.S. Women’s Soccer vs. Ireland

The Oregon Sports Authority is thrilled to announce that Portland will host the second and third rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship at the Rose Garden on March 19 and 21, 2015. This will mark the third time during a seven year period that the Rose Garden has played host to March Madness – the only arena in the nation to do so. Earlier this year Portland played host to eight NCAA men’s basketball teams, including Louisville, which went on to the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans, and Indiana, currently the top ranked college basketball team in the nation.

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Portland to host 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Portland will host the second and third rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at the Rose Garden on March 19 and 21, 2015. The successful bid was submitted by the University of Oregon, Oregon Sports Authority, Rose Quarter and Travel Portland, the same partnership that hosted the NCAA Tournament earlier this year and in 2009. Ticket information will be forthcoming.

eUpdate – U.S. Women’s Soccer, Hillsboro Hops, Hall of Fame

Join the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team in Portland next month as they celebrate this summer’s thrilling run to Olympic Gold. Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and the rest of Team USA will face Ireland as part of U.S. Soccer’s Fan Tribute Tour on the evening of November 28 at JELD-WEN Field. Tickets to the USA vs. Ireland match will go on sale this Saturday; Visa cardholders are able to purchase tickets beginning Friday at 10:00 a.m.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to play in Portland on November 28

U.S. Soccer has added has added two more matches to the U.S. Women’s National Team Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic, with games against Ireland on Nov. 28 in Portland, Ore., and Dec. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.

The 2012 London Olympics gold medalists will host their sixth leg of the tour in Portland at JELD-WEN Field, the home of Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers, and then face Ireland at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Kickoff for the Nov. 28 match in Portland is 7 p.m. PT. Ticket information for the game at JELD-WEN Field will be announced shortly. Fans can follow all U.S. WNT matches through’s Match Tracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The USA is 8-0-0 all-time against Ireland, with its most recent meeting resulting in a 2-0 win on Sept. 20, 2008, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Five of the USA’s previous matches against Ireland came on tours after winning Olympic gold medals – two games in 2004 and three in 2008. During the second match in 2004 played in Houston, the two teams were tied 0-0 at halftime before Abby Wambach scored five consecutive goals in the second half to tie a U.S. record for most goals in a game as the USA won 5-0.

The U.S. WNT’s next stop on the Fan Tribute Tour will be at Toyota Park as the USA prepares for two October matches against Germany. The top-ranked U.S. hosts FIFA No. 2-ranked Germany at 5:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the home of MLS club Chicago Fire (TICKETS). On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the USA and Germany square off again at 7:30 p.m. ET at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (TICKETS). More than 13,000 tickets have already been sold for each game.

The USA is 3-0 so far on its Fan Tribute Tour, opening with an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at a sold-out Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., the hometown of star striker Abby Wambach. The U.S. then won back-to-back matches against Australia – a 2-1 victory on Sept. 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., followed by a 6-2 win on Sept. 19 at sold-out Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., in Pia Sundhage’s final game as U.S. WNT head coach.

The U.S. won its third straight gold medal (and fourth gold medal overall) at the 2012 London Olympics. The USA went undefeated at 6-0-0 for the first time at an Olympic tournament, which included a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory in the semifinal against Canada on Aug. 6 and Carli Lloyd’s two-goal performance to lead the U.S. to a 2-1 win against 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan in the gold medal match on Aug. 9.

eUpdate – Trail Blazers Pre-sale, Marathon Kids’ Run, New Members and Upcoming Events

The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to provide you with the opportunity to purchase single game tickets to the upcoming Portland Trail Blazers’ season before they go on sale to the general public. Access the pre-sale now and enter promo code: OSA. This promo code will be available for use throughout the 2012-13 NBA season and includes a discounted ticket rate.

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Portland Marathon helps fight childhood obesity with Kids’ Fun Run and Festival

Today’s youth are by far the most listless and sedentary generation ever recorded. Every analysis in Oregon documents that physical activity levels are lower in children than ever before with immediate impacts on academic performance and dire long-term consequences of heart disease, diabetes and chronic diseases.

The Portland Marathon is fighting back against childhood obesity and promoting health by offering an upbeat physical-fitness activity for local youth — the Portland Marathon Kids’ Fun Run & Sports Festival.

The event is on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at the Lincoln High School Field from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and is open to participants 2-12 years old. Proceeds from the event go to support the Portland Police Mounted Patrol, who will be at the event.

During the event, kids will run varying distances based on age along the track, navigating obstacles like a tire climb provided by Les Schwab along the way. Parents are welcome to run along with their children. Kids will receive a special bib and finisher’s medal.

Alpenrose Dairy chocolate milk and Zico Coconut water will be available at the event. There will also be inflatable activities like bounce castles, a climbing wall, music by KINK FM, sports games and more.

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Great Northwest Athletic Conference Headquarters Relocates to Portland

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the only NCAA Division II conference in the Pacific Northwest, has relocated to Portland after 12 years in Spokane, Wash., commissioner Dave Haglund announced.

Haglund, who took over as the conference’s chief administrative officer in January, oversaw the relocation of the conference headquarters. Haglund’s career in college athletics has included stints at the University of Maryland, Fresno State University and the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

The 10-member GNAC is comprised of institutions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, as well as British Columbia.

GNAC institutions include University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington University, Montana State University Billings, Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho), Saint Martin’s University (Wash.), Seattle Pacific University, Simon Fraser University (B.C.), Western Oregon University, and Western Washington University.

The conference also announced the hiring of Bridget Johnson. Johnson, who has been the associate head track and field and cross country coach at Pacific (Ore.) University since 2008, officially began her duties in August. Her primary areas of focus with the GNAC will be NCAA compliance and championship administration.

Johnson previously served as an assistant coach at Western Oregon University between 2006 and 2008.

A 2006 graduate of WOU, Johnson competed in track and field at Western Oregon between 2003 and 2006 and is still the all-time point scorer in GNAC outdoor championship meet history with 115 points. During her career, she won four GNAC titles (heptathlon in 2005 and 2006, 100 hurdles in 2006 and 4×400 relay in 2005) and twice earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in the heptathlon (2005-06).

Bob Guptill is in his 12th year as the GNAC’s information director.

Hesch and Bak Win Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon

Christian Hesch, of Hollywood, CA and Natalie Bak of Bend, OR enjoyed perfect running conditions in the Willamette Valley on their way to their first Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon victories today. Hesch ran a 1:06:37, to beat out Aissa Oghoughi of Vancouver, WA (1:07:05) and defending champion Mario Mendoza of Bend (1:08:53). Bak, who finished 2nd last year, completed the scenic 13.1-mile course in 1:19:23, defeating Lauren Johnson of Portland, OR (1:19:31) and Korina Pongracz-Bartha of Portland, OR 1:21:53. Bak and Hesch received $500 in cash, a Riedel Decanter trophy and Double Magnum of wine from Ken Wright Cellars.

Nearly 1,500 runners traveled from 40 different states and seven foreign countries to the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country in the Willamette Valley. The race started at Stoller Vineyards, as the sun was rising over Mt. Hood to the east and the moon setting to the west, providing spectacular views for the runners.

Hesch built a strong early lead but had to “kick it into gear” after Oghoughi mounted a strong challenge at mile 11. “It was an incredible day and an incredible course,” Hesch said. “It rivals any wine country scenery I’ve ever run through.”

It was beautiful out there, I loved the run and Destination Races does a great job,” said women’s winner Natalie Bak. “I’ll definitely be back next year.”

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is the fourth of five events in the Wine Country Half Marathon series. Produced by Destination Races of Sonoma, California, the Wine Country Half Marathon series also includes events in Santa Barbara Wine Country, Napa-to-Sonoma, Healdsburg and Loudoun County, Virginia. For more information and results visit and

eUpdate – Oregon Olympians, Umpqua Bank Challenge, Marathon, USA Cycling Nationals

As one of the most exciting Olympic Games in history, London 2012 also represented Oregon’s most prominent presence ever on the Olympic stage. The Oregonian identified 46 Olympians with local ties, many of whom played starring roles in London. Beaverton native and Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis proudly led Team USA into the Opening Ceremony, kicking off an unprecedented run of Oregon Olympic success.

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Major college basketball event planned for Portland in 2017

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis may have pulled off his greatest scheduling coup.

Hollis told on Thursday that he has secured commitments from 16 schools to participate in a two-tournament men’s basketball event in honor of Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.

The two tournaments, each consisting of eight teams, would take place in Portland, Ore. during a four-day period in November 2017. Knight’s 80th birthday is Feb. 24, 2018.

This event would have more collective star power than any of the previous tournaments played at Maui, New York, Orlando or the Bahamas. The 16 Nike-sponsored schools — mostly elite programs — include Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina.

— Excerpt from, August 16, 2012

View the Oregon Sports Authority’s 2012 Annual Report

On behalf of our board and staff, we’re thrilled to recap another incredible year for the Oregon Sports Authority. From the NCAA Tournament to our “Summer of Sport” campaign to the forthcoming return of professional baseball, it’s been a truly remarkable year. We’d like to express our heartfelt appreciation to each of our members, board of directors and staff for making it all possible!

Olympians do Oregon proud

Thank you, Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton, for memories of your medal-winning performances in the London Olympics and for the example of how to achieve seemingly impossible dreams.

Oregon was well-represented at the Olympics. The Wall Street Journal analyzed the U.S. roster and determined which states most exceeded the number of Olympians they should be expected to produce based solely on population. Oregon ranked fifth. And Oregon probably would rank higher if you also included athletes who went to college or trained in the state.

“Oregon stood perhaps taller than any other state in relation to population,” said Drew Mahalic of the Oregon Sports Authority. Beaverton’s Elsie Windes won a gold medal as member of the U.S. women’s water polo team, and Kevin Love won a gold medal as a member of the men’s basketball team.

But no Oregon athletes stood taller than Rupp and Eaton, who won individual medals in two of the most grueling Summer Olympics events. Perhaps what stands out most about Eaton and Rupp is how well they represent the values of the state. They are as Oregon as rain and old-growth fir trees. They competed here in high school and college and continue to train here.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian Editorial, August 13, 2012

Volunteer at the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon!

The Oregon Sports Authority is seeking volunteers at the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon on September 1 and 2 in Yamhill County. Volunteer opportunities include registration check-in, course monitors, wine glass distribution, bag check, recovery tent and medical support. All volunteers will receive an Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon volunteer shirt and get a chance to be part of one of the coolest running events in the Northwest.

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eUpdate – Wine Country Half Marathon, Little League Softball, Safeway Classic, Oyster Race

Join thousands of runners and wine enthusiasts as they converge in the Yamhill Valley for the third annual Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon on Sunday, September 2. This unique, fun-filled event is put on by renowned race organizer Destination Races as part of a nationwide series of five wine runs. With support from the Oregon Sports Authority, the Yamhill Valley race from Stoller Vineyards through the rolling Dundee Hills is quickly becoming known as one of the most scenic half marathons in the nation.

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Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon returns for third running

Thousands of runners, wine enthusiasts, sponsors and spectators will converge at the finish line of the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, presented by Subaru, in the “great little town” of Carlton on Sunday, September 2. Now in its third year, the race is one of the most scenic half marathons in the country, and features four days of events beginning on Thursday at the Sports Authority store in Beaverton.

Two-time defending women’s champion Carre Heineck is returning to attempt to win her third-in-a-row. The 30-year-old Portland resident set the women’s course record last year at 1:18:44 and looks to better that mark in 2012.

“The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is a big, competitive race, but it doesn’t seem like it, because people are so friendly and supportive,” comments Heineck in a brief moment between being a full-time middle school teacher and the mother of a two-year-old. “It has a great community feel to it. At most big races, you never really talk to the other competitors, but at this race, everyone hangs out. Last year, I met Eva Vail, who finished 3rd and now we’re friends and we train together.”

The 13.1-mile race starts at Stoller Vineyards and winds through scenic Yamhill County in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine region before finishing on North Pine Street in Carlton. A Wine & Music Festival, awards ceremony and other activities follow the race in Carlton. New for 2012 will be the Winery Team Challenge, in which local wineries field teams of runners and compete for the winery trophy.

According to Matt Dockstader, the Event Director, two course changes and new elements such as the Winery Team Challenge have been added to enhance the event experience. “Oregon has such a strong running community which is even evident within the wineries. Many of them pull together teams to compete in the race, which gave us the idea to incorporate this challenge into all our races. It gives it a fun, local flavor, although we draw from all over the country.”

Each race participant receives a specially designed technical running shirt, colorful finishers medal with a wine-stopper and corkscrew, plus a Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir wine glass and entry into the post-race Wine & Music Festival, where 24 wineries and one brewery from the region will be pouring. Additional glasses and tickets for the festival can be purchased for friends and family.

With so many people visiting the Willamette Valley before, during and after the event, local businesses thrive. “On that weekend, we are extremely busy, especially on race day,” bristles Retta Carl, co-owner of Cielo Blu Restaurant in Carlton. “We get not only the race participants, but also the event staff, the volunteers, and the friends and families that come to watch the runners cross the finish line.”

The Health and Fitness Expo is held on Saturday September 1 from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, and is free and open to the public. Under the wings of the Spruce Goose, the expo features exhibitor booths, seminars, wine tasting and packet pickup for registered runners, plus discounts on other Evergreen attractions. Other ancillary events include early packet pickup at Sports Authority in Beaverton on August 30, a welcome reception on August 31 at Grand Cru Estates, a pre-race dinner and a post-race wine tasting tour.

Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano will be guest speakers at the Expo. Adam was a 2000 US Olympian in the 10,000 meters and co-authored “Running the Edge” with Catalano. He is also the husband of Kara Goucher, who will compete for the U.S. in the marathon in London.

The primary beneficiary of the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is Carlton Together Cares, a non-profit organization that operates the Carlton Community Center and develops programs for youth and families in the Carlton-Yamhill area. They are largely focused on providing youth with useful roles in the community, and safe and healthy activities.

Registration for the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is still open and can be accessed through the event website, A team competition with six or more runners is offered, in addition to a 2-person relay. A registration price increase goes into effect on Saturday, July 28. The race is part of a series produced by Destination Races, who also produces Wine Country Half Marathons in Napa-Sonoma, Healdsburg, Santa Barbara and Virginia. For more information on the series, visit

U.S. Windsurfing Nationals set for next week in the Columbia Gorge

The 2012 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals will take place from July 23-26 at the Hood River Event Site, showcasing the nation’s best windsurfers in slalom racing, course racing and freestyle events. Here are just a few of the big names that are scheduled to participate:

Bruce Peterson
U.S. Nationals champion who owns a windsurfing sail brand in Hood River

Steven Max
Under-17 World Freestyle Champion from Aruba

Tyson Poor
An Oregon resident who has competed around the world

Fiona Wylde
15-year-old from Hood River who is one of the top junior racers in the U.S.

U.S. Nationals Schedule

Monday, July 23
Registration/Check in at Event Site 8-9am – Freestyle Nationals Begin

Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26
Slalom, Formula and Freestyle Nationals at Event Site

Thursday, July 26
Closing Ceremony 7-9pm at the Marina Park in Hood River

The American Windsurfing Tour puts on this U.S. Windsurfing Event. The American Windsurfing Tour came into existence two years ago following the success of a single event: the 2010 Pistol River Wave Bash near Gold Beach, Ore. That one event spawned an entire five-stop competition tour the following year, which included Santa Cruz (Calif.), Pistol River (Ore.), Baja, Cape Hatteras (N.C.) and Maui, and momentum has just kept building ever since. For 2012, a sixth event in Peru has been added, which will encourage an exchange of athletes for other events between North and South America.

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Rev3 Triathlon returns to Blue Lake this weekend

For the second consecutive year, Rev3 Triathlon will bring its national series to Blue Lake Park in east Multnomah County. Racing begins Sunday, July 8 at 8:00 a.m. as world-class professional triathletes compete for a $50,000 prize purse in the 70.3-mile HalfREV triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run).

Amateur triathletes from the Portland area and around the nation will follow the pro’s onto the course to compete in either the HalfREV or the Olympic distance event (1 mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6.2 mile run). This year’s course features a challenging, newly-designed HalfREV bike course winding into the Columbia River Gorge and the foothills of Mount Hood, the most technical bike course in the Rev3 race series with steep climbs, fast descents and hairpin turns.

Volunteers Needed
Rev3 is seeking several volunteer bike course marshals to assist cyclists during the race on Sunday morning. Volunteers will be paid $10 per hour for their assistance. Visit for more info.

Pro Triathlete Field Includes Oregon Resident
Fresh off his victory at Quassy in Middlebury, Conn. last month, Richie Cunningham headlines the men’s pro field. Cunningham has taken the Rev3 series lead in the men’s professional division with 1,770 points. Last year’s Portland winner Graham O’Grady will attempt to defend his title, while former 70.3 world champion Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand is a late entrant to the men’s field. O’Grady won by nine seconds over Cunningham in last year’s thrilling finish.

Eugene resident and former Oregon State track and cross country champion Jesse Thomas will also be competing for the Rev3 Portland title. Thomas, who finished fourth at Rev3 Portland last year, was recently featured on the cover of Triathlete magazine as one of the future stars of the sport.

Women’s pro participants include 2011 Rev3 Portland champ Meredith Kessler of San Francisco, Kelly Williamson of Austin, Texas, who leads the women’s pro division with 1,480 points, Mackenzie Madison of Eugene, and Nicole Kelleher, who won the season-opening event in Costa Rica and is second in the women’s standings with 1,290 points.

Truckers to Triathletes Training Program to Launch at Rev3 Portland
Rev3 sponsor Pilot Flying J is teaming up with Truckers to Triathletes to help professional truck drivers improve fitness and maintain healthy lifestyles. Rev3 Portland will kick off the Truckers to Triathletes training plan.

Expo and Family Adventure Race
The weekend-long event starts with a free race expo from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and will be open again on Sunday, July 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rev3 Adventure will be hosting a family adventure race at Blue Lake Park at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday as parents team up with family members between the ages of 6-16 and follow a map throughout the park to find different checkpoints.

Traffic Impacts
The event will cause minor traffic disruptions. The HalfREV bike course will impact traffic along Halsey Street from NE 223rd to NE 257th and the Stark Street Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Marine Drive will be closed from NE 33rd to Sundial Road from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Police will be at major intersections controlling traffic.

Participants will exit Marine Drive heading South on NE 223rd Avenue, then turn east on NE Halsey Street which will lead them through Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale to the Columbia River Highway (CRH). Riders will exit the CRH, heading south on SE Hurlburt and complete a loop that will bring them back to CRH on the Stark Street Bridge. Returning riders will make their way back to Marine Drive along the same route that took them out of town.

Motorists should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Rev3 Triathlon course marshals – paid volunteer opportunity

The Revolution3 Triathlon and Oregon Sports Authority are seeking several bike course marshals to assist cyclists on Sunday, July 8 along the 56-mile Rev3 bike course that travels from Blue Lake Park in Fairview through Troutdale and toward the west end of the Columbia River Gorge. Because of the importance of these positions and the duties involved, course marshals will be paid $10/hour. Please click below to learn more, view shift times and sign up as a paid volunteer!

The highly acclaimed 70.3-mile Revolution3 Triathlon series will draw top professionals as well as amateur triathletes seeking to test their physical limits in the water, on the bike, and lastly, on a half-marathon run. In addition to the bike course marshals, there are several other fun volunteer roles that offer you a chance to be a part of this unique event.

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eUpdate – Olympic Trials, Hillsboro Baseball, Rev3 Triathlon

The road to London 2012 travels through Oregon this week as the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials kick off tomorrow with the men’s and women’s hammer throw at the Nike campus. “Hammer Time” at Nike’s Ronaldo Field is open to the public and free to attend! Then on Friday, the action moves to Eugene for opening ceremonies and the men’s and women’s 10,000 meter finals, the first of eight days of intense athletic drama at Hayward Field in TrackTown, USA.

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Hillsboro sets stage for baseball’s return to Portland metro area

Hillsboro took another step toward bringing short-season Single-A baseball to the city by June 2013, as the City Council unanimously approved a 20-year offer sheet at its meeting Tuesday as well as an agreement to award construction of a new baseball stadium at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.

City Councilor Aron Carleson said she was “very honored that Yakima has chosen us,” and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Councilor Nenice Andrews slipped on baseball caps to celebrate the occasion.

Short Season LLC, the owner of the Yakima Bears, initially signaled interest in moving to Hillsboro in September 2011. At that point, the club was also courting Vancouver as a possible destination, but a plan to finance construction of a new facility near Clark College fizzled.

Hillsboro became a logical new destination, with a friendly council and leadership that tried to persuade the Portland Beavers to stay in the region. Willey said that effort proved too expensive but the notion lingered. “Baseball has been on the back of our brains for a while now,” he said.

— Excerpt from, June 6, 2012

American Windsurfing Tour to hold stop in Oregon

The third annual Pistol River Wave Bash will hit the water June 14-17, 2012 in Gold Beach on the southern Oregon coast. Over 75 professional and amateur windsurfers will be competing against one another in six divisions (pro, amateur, women, youth, masters and grand masters) in which they are scored on both wave riding and jumping tricks. Last year’s event included pro-athletes from England, Morocco and Brazil, and with this year’s prize money there is sure to be a showing from international windsurfers.

Here are just a few of the big names that have signed up for the 2012 Pistol River Wave Bash in Gold Beach:

Kai Lenny: Many believe Kai Lenny to be the heir apparent as world’s best waterman to the legendary Laird Hamilton. At only 19 years of age he has already accomplished so much in windsurfing, standup paddleboarding (SUP), tow-in surfing and kiteboarding.

Fiona Wylde: This 15-year-old from Hood River is an up-and-coming ripper in the world of women’s wavesailing and racing. She very actively promotes windsurfing throughout the Gorge.

Josh and Harley Stone: Former world champion windsurfer Josh Stone has been talked back into the competition circuit by his 13-year-old son Harley… and Harley is quickly becoming one of America’s top youth wavesailors.

Nathan Mershon: This Hood River resident not only won the event at Pistol River last year but he took the overall AWT crown.

Bryan Metcalf-Perez: When he isn’t competing on the AWT he is either training for or competing on the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) world freestyle tour. Metcalf-Perez is one of the most talented and innovative windsurfers in the US… and he lives in Hood River.

Ingrid Larouche: This local Gorge sailor claimed the overall AWT women’s crown last year, and she took the first title this year in Santa Cruz.

The American Windsurfing Tour came into existence two years ago following the success of a single event: the 2010 Pistol River Wave Bash. That one event spawned an entire five-stop competition tour the following year, which included Santa Cruz (Calif.), Pistol River (Ore.), Baja, Cape Hatteras (N.C.) and Maui, and momentum has just kept building ever since. For 2012, a sixth event in Peru has been added, which will encourage an exchange of athletes for other events between North and South America.

AWT events offer something for everyone. Pros flock to these competitions, as it is the world’s best tour for wave riding conditions. This year’s first event in Santa Cruz had four former world champions competing and we are expecting the same number to show up at Pistol River. The amateur divisions allow everyday windsurfers to come and not only test themselves against fellow riders of their own ability, but also to learn from many of the world’s top pros. However each event is not just about what happens on the water as planned social events each night allow athletes and spectators to mingle and creates a great vibe within the community.

For more information, photos and videos, click here. Go to for full Pistol River Wave Bash event details.

Get Ready for Oregon’s Spectacular Summer of Sport

As sunny skies warm Oregon, now is the time to make your plans to embrace the wide variety of sports experiences offered throughout the state this summer. We’ve highlighted several exciting events – so make your plans to get out and enjoy all of the fantastic sports settings that Oregon has to offer!

— Click below to view the Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate with details on Oregon’s Spectacular Summer of Sport

Volunteer at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon is seeking volunteers to support their inaugural event on Sunday, May 20. Both groups and individuals are needed to serve a variety of volunteer roles, including pre-race support on May 17-19. The worldwide Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon series is bringing its moving block party experience to the Rose City, with a unique course through downtown, southeast and northeast Portland. Approximately 15,000 runners are expected at the event, which will kick off the 2012 Rose Festival with a uniquely Portland flavor.

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Old and young compete at USA BMX Great NW Nationals

View a video report from KTVZ on the USA BMX Great Northwest Nationals.

Hundreds of BMX racers converged on the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center this past weekend for the USA BMX Great Northwest Nationals.

They traveled from locations across western North America, including Oregon, Washington, California, British Columbia, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. They raced and raced and raced on the dirt track that occupied the arena floor of the Hooker Creek Event Center throughout the three-day event, which concluded Sunday.

Plenty of them tumbled to the dirt on the three banked turns and numerous rollers, while some rode well enough to wheel away with tall purple trophies in hand. Dozens of riders finished first in their classes, including several Central Oregonians: Redmond’s Taylor Stephens (USAC junior development boys class, Friday, and 15 expert class, Saturday), and Bend residents Sunny Harmeson (41-45 girls cruiser, Friday), Christian Klampe (9 novice, Friday and Sunday), Timmy Richards (10 novice, Saturday) and Gene Nelson (41 and over inter, Saturday).

— Excerpt from the Bend Bulletin, April 16, 2012

eUpdate – NCAA Tournament Recap, USA BMX Nationals and Nike Hoop Summit

Earlier this month Portland served as one of the most exciting destinations on the road to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, which gets underway tomorrow in New Orleans. The Rose Garden hosted a total of six NCAA Tournament games, including VCU’s dramatic second round upset of Wichita State and two thrilling third round games that weren’t decided until the final buzzer sounded.

— Click below to view the entire eUpdate, March 30, 2012

Video: March Madness in Portland

The unscripted drama and excitement of March Madness arrived in Portland, Oregon in March as the Rose Garden played host to the 2nd/3rd rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. A total of eight teams — along with thousands of supporters and alumni from around the nation — traveled to Portland, bringing millions in economic impact to our region in the process.

Organizers of NCAA tournament happy with results, hope for return

The love Dr. Terry Davis and his wife Betty share for Louisville men’s basketball can be defined by the miles they’ve traveled over the decades.

The couple met in high school in the 1950s. She graduated from Louisville nursing school, he from its medical school. Together, they have attended an untold number of NCAA tournament games, including all eight of the program’s trips to the Final Four since 1959.

So dedicated, they didn’t mind flying from Louisville to Baltimore to Portland to attend last weekend’s second and third rounds at the Rose Garden. Anything to see their beloved Cardinals. And for them, Portland proved to be a gracious host.

— Excerpt from, March 19, 2012

Video: NCAA tourney injects cash into Portland economy

For the second time in three years, Portland will host the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and that has local businesses seeing a lot of green. KGW looks at the business impact of the big games.

eUpdate – NCAA Tournament, Timbers and Upcoming Events

The unscripted drama and excitement of March Madness will arrive in Portland in less than three weeks as the Rose Garden hosts the 2nd/3rd rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. All-session tickets to the six NCAA Tournament games on March 15 and 17 are now available and will go quickly once the participating schools are announced. A total of eight teams – along with thousands of supporters and alumni from around the nation – will travel to Portland, bringing millions in economic impact to our region in the process.

— Click below to view the entire eUpdate

New Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission Launched

Before dozens of county and statewide area sports planners, venue operators, tourism leaders, public officials and University of Oregon representatives, Travel Lane County announced the official launch of the new Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports commission. The kickoff event was held at the Matthew Knight Arena this morning.

The newly formed sports commission is hoping to score more events for the region in the near future, while enhancing and supporting existing ones.

“We applaud the formation of this new commission and look forward to working with these leaders to help further position this region as a premier sports destination and major player in Oregon’s sports scene,” said Drew Mahalic, Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Sports Authority. “This is a testament about the valuable economic impact and visibility that sports tourism can bring to a region.”

The group will collectively work to pursue and secure events representing a variety of sports in all skill levels. Among its mission will be to oversee the coordination of local resources in bidding events, assisting with logistics, sponsorship development and providing guidance for facility upgrades or future construction projects.

“The wealth of experts and resources within our local sports community provides the perfect foundation on which to build our new commission,” said Janis Ross, Travel Lane County VP of Convention & Sports Marketing, who will lead the new commission as the executive director. “Sports have always been a strong focus for us. We anticipate this new group will help provide even more opportunities to reach out to the sports market, while providing the best resources to help new and existing events succeed.”

The sporting events Travel Lane County has worked to secure, or will provide services to, between January 2012 and July 2014 total more than $46 million in economic impact alone. Of the overall group business Travel Lane County works with, sporting events currently account for half of the events that come to the Eugene, Cascades and coast region.

So far the commission has created a sports advisory council, website, logo and marketing materials. Other projects will include enhancing Travel Lane County’s master sports calendar and list of sports venues, assembling a master file of local volunteers and officials, and creating a lendable sports equipment database to provide event planners with access to everything from cell phones and fencing to tents and safety vests. The group also plans to host an annual sports summit in March.

To learn more about upcoming commission events, activities, sponsorship opportunities and more, contact Janis Ross at 541.743.8753 or More information is also available on the new Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports website.

– News Release, Travel Lane County, January 30, 2012

Travel Lane County to launch sports commission

As home of the Rose Bowl champions and host of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, Lane County already has a national reputation for sports teams and sporting events.

Travel Lane County, the local tourism bureau, plans to build on that reputation by launching a sports commission that will work to bring a range of local, regional and national sporting events to the area — events that would boost the local economy.

Travel Lane County will announce more specifics about Eugene Cascade & Coast Sports at a press conference on Jan. 30 at the Matthew Knight Arena.

“It’s exciting to hear the commission is being formed,” said Mike Moskovitz, spokesman for Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

— Excerpt from the Eugene Register-Guard, January 14, 2012

eUpdate – USA Fencing North American Cup, Help Bring Ironman to Oregon

More than 1,000 Olympic and Junior World Team fencing hopefuls will compete at USA Fencing’s January North American Cup this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center. The four-day tournament begins tomorrow and continues through Monday. All events are open to the public at no cost. The Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland are proud to host this prestigious USA Fencing event in Portland.

— Click below to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate

January North American Cup Brings Olympic Fencers to Portland this Weekend

More than 1,000 Olympic and Junior World Team hopefuls will compete at the January North American Cup this weekend in Portland.

The four-day tournament begins on Friday and continues through Monday at the Oregon Convention Center. All events are free and open to the public.

The tournament is a selection event for both squads that will compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as the teams that will compete at the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Moscow in April.

Competition this weekend includes 23 of the 24 athletes who competed on the 2011 Senior World Championship Team as they vie for both gold medals and valuable national ranking points.

Among the fencers competing this weekend are the following Olympic and Senior World medalists:

• Tim Morehouse (New York City, N.Y. / Saber), 2008 Olympic team silver medalist
• James Williams (New York City, N.Y. / Saber), 2008 Olympic team silver medalist
• Emily Cross (New York City, N.Y. / Foil), 2008 Olympic team silver medalist
• Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Epee), 2010 Senior World team silver medalist
• Cody Mattern (Tigard, Ore. / Epee), 2010 Senior World team silver medalist
• Ben Bratton (New York City, N.Y. / Epee), 2010 Senior World team silver medalist
• Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky. / Foil), 2011 Senior World individual bronze medalist
• Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J. / Saber), 2011 Senior World team bronze medalist
• Ibtihaj Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J. / Saber), 2011 Senior World team bronze medalist
• Daria Schneider (New York City, N.Y. / Saber), 2011 Senior World team bronze medalist

As the Portland area is home to several of the top clubs in the area, many of the fencers to watch this weekend are hometown athletes, including 2004 Olympian Cody Mattern (Tigard, Ore.) Mattern, who is currently ranked #3 in men’s epee in the United States and trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, won a silver medal as a member of Team USA at the 2010 Senior World Championships and is aiming to qualify for his second U.S. Olympic Team.

Saber fencer Avery Zuck (Portland, Ore.) competed on the 2009 Junior World Team and will be fencing in the Division I men’s saber event this weekend. Zuck is ranked #8 in the United States and is climbing the ranks as the top four fencers following the Division I National Championships in April will earn slots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

Two local women’s saber fencers are hoping for finals finishes as well. Fifteen-year-old Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.) is ranked #4 as a junior and earned a silver medal at the July North American Cup in the U20 event. Lian Osier (Battle Ground, Wash.) competed on three straight Junior World Teams and won the NCAA Team Championships alongside Zuck while fencing for Notre Dame last year. Now competing in the Division I event, Osier earned her first Division I NAC title in 2010 and is aiming for another trip to the podium.

Eighteen-year-old epee fencer Isabella Barna (Bend, Ore.) will compete in both the Division I event as well as the U20 competition. Fresh off a bronze medal win at the Dijon Junior World Cup in France on Sunday, Barna is ranked fourth in U20 women’s epee.
Competition schedule is as follows. Start times are approximate and each event will run through the completion of the gold medal finals.

Friday, January 13
8:30 a.m.
Division I Women’s Foil
Junior Men’s Epee

2 p.m.
Junior Women’s Saber

Saturday, January 14
8:30 a.m.
Junior Men’s Foil
Division I Women’s Epee

1:30 p.m.
Division I Men’s Saber

Sunday, January 15
8:30 a.m.
Division I Men’s Epee
Division I Women’s Saber

1:30 p.m.
Junior Women’s Foil

Monday, January 16
8:30 a.m.
Division I Men’s Foil
Junior Women’s Epee

11 a.m.
Junior Men’s Saber

eUpdate – Trail Blazers are back, Healthy Youth Oregon and Ironman Triathlon

A very welcome gift is about to arrive in Portland this holiday season! The Trail Blazers will make their much-anticipated 2011-12 NBA regular season debut on December 26, and the Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to provide you with the opportunity to purchase single game tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Even better, many of the early season games include a special Oregon Sports Authority rate. To order your tickets, simply click below. The Rose Garden will be rockin’ in just a few short weeks and we can’t think of a better stocking stuffer than Trail Blazers basketball!

Coalition announces quest to bring Ironman to Central Oregon

The Central Oregon Visitors Association (“COVA”), Oregon Sports Authority and two Bend, Oregon companies, local promoter Lay It Out Events and sports business consultant G2 Strategic, announced today that they have partnered to form a coalition to bid for Central Oregon to host a West Coast United States Ironman® event starting in Fall 2013.

The coalition will respond to a Request For Proposals (RFP) issued by Tampa, Florida-based World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The group must submit its proposal by January 31, 2012.

WTC currently owns, operates or produces over 90 Ironman® and Ironman 70.3® events worldwide, annually, on six continents and 30 countries. While WTC offers several Ironman 70.3® events on the West Coast, they will add a full-distance Ironman® staged in Washington, Oregon or California, where there are currently none. A full-distance Ironman® event includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. WTC intends to award the event for a 5-year term.

“We are thrilled about the potential to bring an Ironman® event to Central Oregon,” said COVA President & CEO, Alana Hughson. “These athletes, sponsors and their traveling parties will fill our hotels, restaurants and other attractions,” said Hughson.

Based on economic impact analysis provided by WTC, an Ironman® event could bring as many as 10,000 people to Central Oregon over the course of several days, including 2500-3000 athletes, families and sponsors. In some communities, direct spending reaches as high as $10 million, and hotel bookings typically run from 8000-12,000 room nights over a 4-5 day period.

“We think there is no better place than Central Oregon to host an Ironman® event,” said Lay It Out Events President Aaron Switzer. “We have wonderful resorts and hotels throughout the region, a great downtown core in Bend, a vibrant athletic and cultural community and some of the most scenic and challenging routing options in the world in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties. I’m sure we will face plenty of excellent competition, but we are optimistic that all of the stakeholders in our community will rally around the opportunity to host an event of this magnitude.”

Oregon Sports Authority Executive Director Drew Mahalic added, “This would be a real coup if we can help our coalition secure an Ironman® race for Central Oregon. It directly aligns with our statewide promotion of a wide-range of athletic events and healthy lifestyles. Moreover, the demographics of the approximately 10,000 athletes and guests that can be expected are very attractive, with an average household income of $174,000.”

The coalition is in the process of structuring its proposal and analyzing various bid options. “We want to put our best foot forward,” said G2 Strategic CEO Marshall Glickman. “This is why it is so important that we are able to partner with our regional tourism agency, as well as the Oregon Sports Authority, who has years of experience and expertise in bidding for sporting events of this scale. The Oregon Sports Authority board represents a who’s who of Oregon companies that understand the role that world-class sporting events can have on our economy and image, and their support will be critical to the viability of our proposal.”

The coalition has retained Portland, Oregon-based Weinstein PR, in association with Brian Berger Public Relations, to assist in strategy to secure the event for Central Oregon. The host city for the West Coast Ironman® race is expected to be announced in May 2012.

— News Release, December 7, 2011

Healthy Youth Oregon grant awarded to David Douglas schools

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has selected the David Douglas School District as the winner of its latest $10,000 Healthy Youth Oregon grant. The grant will provide after-school sports for students at Alice Ott Middle School, Floyd Light Middle School and Ron Russell Middle School this spring.

Middle school students of all abilities will now be able to access their school gym two days per week to participate in supervised basketball and badminton for two hours per day. The grant will allow each site to have an experienced staff member coordinate and supervise up to 120 students per session, per site, for an estimated total of 330 students district-wide. Site coordinators will develop incentive programs and organize a year-end competition between the schools.

“Aside from the popularity of basketball among our students, we believe offering badminton will help attract students who traditionally would not participate in an after-school sports program,” said Dan McCue, communications director at the school district.

This year the David Douglas School District was forced to reduce its budget, resulting in the elimination of stipends paid to teachers and staff for leading extra-curricular and after-school activities. All middle school sports were eliminated with the exception of track. The District is no longer able waive fees for families who are unable to afford participation fees.

“We applaud the David Douglas School District for coming up with an innovative program to help keep its middle school students active,” said Oregon Sports Authority Foundation President Rorie Leone. “This new after-school program dovetails nicely with our goals, and we look forward to seeing this program grow in the years ahead.”

Founded in 1993, the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity.

Healthy Youth Oregon®
The Healthy Youth Oregon initiative is the grant giving program of the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation and typically awards $10,000 grants toward projects that will engage student participation to support at least one of the following goals: increased PE in school; after school sports opportunities; and increased opportunities for youth to safely walk/bike to school. The grant can be used to help launch an idea or develop an existing project or program. Eligible applicants for a Healthy Youth Oregon grant can include student bodies, school districts, schools, PTA’s, park bureaus, cities, and other organizations.

Oregon Sports Authority Foundation Education Committee
Owen Blank, Tonkon Torp
Rorie Leone, Washington Trust Bank
Randy Miller, Produce Row Property Management
Will Rasmussen, Miller Nash
Larry Remmers, Wells Fargo Bank

— News Release, December 5, 2011

Tickets for 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden now on sale

Tickets for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which returns to Portland for two rounds in March, will go on sale starting Saturday.

Portland’s Rose Garden arena will hold four second-round games on Thursday, March 15, and two third-round games on Saturday, March 17.

Tickets can be purchsed starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at or by calling 1-877-789-7673. Prices range from $198 to $243 and will gain admission to two Thursday sessions and the single Saturday session. No single-session tickets will be sold.

The NCAA tournament will be back at the Rose Garden after making a successful run in 2009, when it returned to the state of Oregon for the first time since 1983. The 2009 event quickly sold out, with Pacific Northwest teams Washington and Gonzaga drawing large partisan crowds for their games.

— Excerpt from, October 12, 2011

eUpdate – Marathon, U.S. Women’s Soccer, Healthy Youth Oregon, New Members

This Sunday the streets of Portland will be filled with thousands of runners and walkers participating in the 40th annual Portland Marathon, along with the second annual Portland Marathon Half, inaugural 10K Downhill Dash, 10K Family Walk and Kid’s Run & Festival. The Portland Marathon began 40 years ago as a humble run on Sauvie Island with 173 marathoners in its first year. Now one of the nation’s biggest and best marathons, an astounding 72 percent of participants travel here from outside the region. This year, marathon participants will represent all 50 states and 21 foreign countries.

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2011 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic opens October 1st

The waiting period for the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic starts October 1, 2011 and extends till December 31, 2011.

On 48 hour notice the best big wave surfers on the planet will drop everything and make their way to Lincoln City for the 7th Annual big wave competition, the third stop of the third season of the Big Wave World Tour.

Surfline, the official forecaster of the BWWT will provide global swell forecasts, while John Forse, Nelscott’s local and event organizer will provide the local knowledge, to once again, call the event on the best day of the year. The Nelscott is the longest continuously running big wave contest in the world as John Forse has successfully called the event the last 6 years on the most memorable day of the winter!

Last years contest saw some of the biggest waves ever surfed in competition with both rights and lefts, in the 50 foot range, breaking quarter mile off the coast of Lincoln City. The event was won by dark horse Kohl Christianson (Hawaii), while Jamie Sterling sealed his Big Wave World Tour Championship title with a third place finish. Last year’s edition, the first as part of the BWWT, cemented Nelscott’s reputation as one of the best performance big waves in the world.

The top 12 surfers from the Big Wave World Tour, including World Champions Carlos Burle (Brazil) and Jamie Sterling (Hawaii) along with big wave stars like Greg Long (USA), Ramon Navarro (Chile) and Chile’s winner Marcos Monteiro (Brazil) will join 12 event invitees to compete in this year event.

The previous stops on the tour were the Quiksilver Punta de Lobos (Chile) and the Billabong Pico Alto (Peru). Californian big wave legend and one of Nelscott pioneers, Peter Mel (USA) took an early lead in the BWWT ranking with his win in Peru. Peter will compete in Nelscott hoping to increase his lead, however with both Nelscott and the Peligroso at Todos Santos (Mexico) remaining in the season, the title is still up for grabs!

Last year Nelscott was the first big wave competition to incorporate a women’s exhibition heat which was won by Keala Kennely (Hawaii). This year again the top women big wave chargers will gather for an Exhibition Session. There will also be an award for the Biggest Wave surfed on Nelscott’s South Reef.

Event sponsors include Boz Wetsuits, Dakine, Liquid Militia, and Russo Surfboards, as well as – BWWT official forecaster and Maca SolRaiz Organics – BWWT sponsor.

The event is organized by Behemoth llc. 1820 N.E. West Devils Lake Road, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367.

Current Big Wave World Tour ranking 2011/2012:
1. Peter Mel (USA)
2. Ben Wilkinson (Australia)
3. Marcos Monteiro (Brazil)
4. Joao De Macedo (Portugal)
5. Ramon Navarro (Chile)
6. Felipe Cesarano (Brazil)

Foundation Awards Healthy Youth Oregon Grant to Grout Elementary

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Grout Elementary in Southeast Portland at a student assembly this afternoon. The grant is part of the foundation’s Healthy Youth Oregon initiative, which awards $10,000 grants to support projects that provide opportunities for student participation in physical activities. This grant will allow Grout Elementary students to experience the benefits of Playworks, a nationwide non-profit organization that provides full-time “coaches” to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity throughout the school day.

“Our students learn life lessons through sports and play and they learn the importance of a healthy body and mind to their success in school and in life,” said Susan McElroy, principal of Grout Elementary. “We thank the Oregon Sports Authority for their support.”

The Healthy Youth Oregon initiative typically awards $10,000 grants towards a project that will engage student participation to support at least one of the following goals: increased PE in school; after school sports opportunities; and increased opportunities for youth to safely walk/bike to school. The grant can be used to help launch an idea or develop an existing project or program. Eligible applicants for a Healthy Youth Oregon grant can include student bodies, school districts, schools, PTA’s, park bureaus, cities, and other organizations.

The first Healthy Youth Oregon grant was awarded in September of 2010 to Franklin High School, and is now funding a new intramural sports program. The grant was awarded following a survey that showed more than 300 Franklin students have a strong interest in participating in intramural sports programs. The Franklin High School intramural program is free to students who choose to sign up. The $10,000 received helped to purchase sports equipment, and provide instructors, incentives and prizes.

— September 9, 2011

eUpdate – Stihl Timbersports, Wine Country Half Marathon, USA Cycling, Umpqua Bank Challenge

The world’s original extreme sport will be on full display starting tomorrow as the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship returns to the Oregon State Fair for another year of wood-chopping, saw-slicing, heart-pumping lumberjack action. Fans will witness the top 20 U.S. professionals compete for a slice of the nation’s premier lumberjack competition in six jaw-dropping disciplines: the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop.

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CCC, Concordia Extend Agreement to Host NAIA Cross Country National Championships

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Thursday announced it has extended its agreement with the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Concordia University-Portland to co-host the NAIA Cross Country National Championships for a fourth consecutive year.

The one-year extension covers the 2012 event, which will be staged Nov. 17 at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash. The event is being co-hosted by the CCC and Concordia for a third consecutive year this November.

“We are delighted to extend our agreement with the NAIA for a fourth year,” said Dave Haglund, commissioner of the Cascade Collegiate Conference. “This is a tremendous event at a classic venue, and we appreciate the NAIA entrusting us as stewards of this championship. We look forward to continuing to provide an exceptional experience for more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 140 institutions across the U.S.”

In total, more than 750 student-athletes from the U.S. and Canada are expected to travel to the Portland-Vancouver area for a chance to compete for NAIA team and individual titles. The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a unique, historic and challenging competition venue that has previously served as the site for a number of world-class cross country championship events, including the USA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country National Championships and World Cross Country Trials.

“The Cascade Collegiate Conference and Concordia University continue to improve the event every year so we are pleased to extend our agreement for another year,” said Jim Carr, president and CEO of the NAIA. “Student-athletes are at the center of all we do in the NAIA, and our hosts in Portland certainly share that philosophy.”

A unique aspect to the championship weekend is a community outreach activity involving participating NAIA student-athletes and area teenagers.

“We look forward to furthering the positive impact in the Portland-Vancouver community, especially with youth in the area through the Champions of Character activities as part of the national championship festivities,” said Matt English, CU’s director of athletics.

Following the completion of the regular season, the top 32 men’s and 32 women’s teams plus individual qualifiers will compete in races covering 8,000 meters (men) and 5,000 meters (women).

The 2011 national championships are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at Fort Vancouver. Race times are set for 10:30 a.m. PST (men) and 11:45 a.m. PST (women).

eUpdate – Dew Tour, US Women’s Soccer, Little League Softball, Safeway Classic

Always one of the summer’s most awe-inspiring events, this year the Dew Tour has several fresh elements, including a massive skate bowl that promises a unique convergence of pool and vert skating, a concrete skate street course and a brand new BMX dirt location along the eastside waterfront. Starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend, the Dew Tour Portland Invitational will pack the Rose Quarter with four straight days of action sports energy and excitement. As a special preview on Wednesday afternoon, Paul Rodriguez and the Dew Tour bring “Unlock Your Spot” to Pioneer Square, giving local skaters a chance to skate at the square and participate in a best trick contest.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to play in Portland on September 22

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will return to the field for the first time since the conclusion of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces Canada during friendly matches in September, including a matchup at JELD-WEN Field in Portland on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and

Tickets, starting at $22, go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. local time through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Kansas City and Portland areas, as well as at the stadium ticket offices. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. local time and runs until Friday, Aug. 12, at 8 a.m. local time at Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

The U.S. team will come together for the first time since its dramatic run at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany where it captivated the country with an inspirational march to the final, coming tantalizingly close to winning the world championship before Japan scored a late overtime equalizer and then won the tournament in a penalty shootout.

The U.S. Women’s National Team features former University of Portland standouts Stephanie Cox and Megan Rapinoe, while Canada’s roster also includes two former Pilots in Christine Sinclair and Sophie Schmidt.

Abby Wambach and Hope Solo led the U.S. effort at the Women’s World Cup and were recognized for their exceptional performances with the Silver and Bronze Ball awards, respectively, as the second and third best players in the tournament. Solo also grabbed the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper during a tournament in which she passed 100 career caps, and Wambach won the Bronze Boot as the tournament’s third leading scorer. Her four goals upped her career World Cup tally to 13 to break the U.S. record previously held by Michelle Akers (12). Wambach now has 122 career goals, just eight shy of tying Kristine Lilly for second on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.

Canada is coming off a first-round exit at the Women’s World Cup. Although the Maple Leafs opened with a more than respectable 2-1 loss to host Germany in the tournament’s opening game in front of almost 75,000 fans in Berlin, losses to France and Nigeria prevented advancement to the knockout round.

The teams will be meeting for the 49th and 50th times in history, the most for the USA against any country, with the U.S. holding a 41-3-4 series edge. The teams most recently met in the second match of this year during the Four Nations Tournament in China, a 2-1 U.S. victory on goals by Lauren Cheney and Lindsay Tarpley. Canada features one of the world’s top strikers in Sinclair, who currently leads Women’s Professional Soccer in goal scoring, having knocked in nine scores for the Western New York Flash this season.

The appearance at the brand new, state-of-the art LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas will be the first in that state for the U.S., although the team has played in Arrowhead Stadium on the Missouri side of the state line four times compiling a 2-0-2 record. Two of those meetings came in post-Women’s World Cup tours in 1999 and 2003, and the most recent was a 1-0 win against Mexico in the Fan Celebration Tour following the 2004 Olympics.

This will be the second appearance for the USA in Portland following a Women’s World Cup, the last coming Oct. 17, 2007, in a 4-0 defeat of Mexico in a match that honored Wambach for her 100th cap. The Sept. 22 match will be the 10th for the U.S. in Portland and seventh at JELD-WEN Field, where the U.S. has a 6-1-0 record.

The U.S. Women have a record of 12-3-2 in 2011 and are riding a 49-game unbeaten streak at home, compiling a record of 44-0-5 during that time. Lloyd leads the team with six goals in 2011, while Wambach, Cheney and Alex Morgan have scored five each.

Revolution3 Triathlon brings top pro triathletes to Portland

More than 50 top professional triathletes will compete for $50,000 in prize money this Sunday at the Portland area’s first 70.3-mile triathlon, Revolution3 Portland at Blue Lake Park in Fairview. Recruited to Portland by the Oregon Sports Authority, Revolution3 and its celebrated international race series will attract approximately 500 total competitors from around the nation. Just east of Portland, Blue Lake Park will serve as the start/finish area, with a flat, fast bike and run course along NE Marine Drive that features stunning views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. Registration for Revolution3 Portland is open through this Friday at

Rev3 races offer the unique opportunity for age group athletes and spectators to meet and mingle with some of the biggest names in triathlon. This new event from the growing Revolution3 Triathlon Series has attracted several top pro triathletes, including two-time Ironman Champion Michael Lovato and his wife, Amanda, a Half Ironman Champion, as well as Kate Major, Jordan Rapp, Bree Wee and many more.

Eugene resident and former Oregon State track and cross country champion Jesse Thomas will also be competing for the inaugural Rev3 Portland title. In April, Thomas stunned the triathlon world by winning the 2011 Wildflower Triathlon in California. features the full line-up of triathletes expected to compete at this inaugural event.

“We’re incredibly excited to have the stars of triathlon competing here in Portland,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic. “We encourage everyone to come out and cheer on all of the professional and amateur triathletes in the beautiful summer weather this Sunday.”

Volunteers Needed

Rev3 puts on great events in part thanks to its dedicated volunteers. Rev3 offers volunteers discounts on upcoming races and a hospitality tent. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and have an up close view of the race. Learn more and sign up at

Clubs and groups are also encouraged to volunteer, and can earn donations for their organization. Interested groups may contact LJ White at

eUpdate – Revolution3 Triathlon, Gymnastics Junior Olympics and USA Track & Field Championships

The Portland area’s first 70.3-mile triathlon will feature many of the nation’s top pro triathletes competing for $50,000 in prize money alongside amateur triathletes on a fast, flat course that offers scenic views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. Blue Lake Park in Fairview serves as the swim venue and start/finish area, combining with the Revolution3 expo to produce a family-friendly environment for both participants and spectators.

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Dew Tour tickets now on sale

The Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced tickets to the Dew Tour Portland Invitational are now available for purchase. The four-day event will take place August 11-14 at the Rose Quarter, the second stop of the 2011 Dew Tour season. The event will feature the world’s best in BMX dirt and park, as well as the season’s first skateboard street competition and a live concert. New for Portland, the Dew Tour will also feature a skateboard bowl contest.

The most exciting way to experience the Dew Tour is by joining the Action Zone for $100 per day for adults and children. This premier ticket provides access to priority reserved seating for all finals on the purchased day. Action Zone fans will also enjoy official Dew Tour merchandise, an athlete autograph session, behind the scenes tour, Alli Shop merchandise discount coupon, Fast Pass Credential into venues and interactive areas and cold Pepsi product at competitions. These can be purchased by day Friday through Sunday, or through a discounted three-day pass.

Fans can also stay on top of all the action with a Reserved Ticket for $35 per day for adults and children, which guarantees seating for all event finals on the purchased day. Grounds Passes are available for $15 for adults and children per day. The Festival Village returns with Dew Tour partners, autograph sessions, giveaways and more. All tickets purchased for Friday, Saturday or Sunday include a free ticket to Thursday’s events.

Tickets are now on sale at and the Rose Quarter Box Office, or by phone at 877.789.ROSE. For more Dew Tour information or tickets, visit

Tickets for 2012 NCAA Tournament go on sale in October

Preliminary round tickets to next year’s 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will go on sale in October as part of its enhanced ticketing system, the NCAA announced today. Fans will have the opportunity to buy the best available tickets for all price ranges and seating levels at each of the 13 sites.

“In the past, NCAA Basketball fans purchased a year in advance without knowing seat locations,” said Greg Shaheen, the NCAA’s interim executive vice president for championships and alliances. “Feedback from fans reflected a strong preference to purchase the best possible tickets so we are excited to provide that opportunity through the enhanced ticketing process. Available tickets will be placed on sale in October in conjunction with NCAA Midnight Madness which will only add to the excitement as practice gets underway across the country.”

Tickets will be available by visiting The 2012 tournament begins with the First Four, played Tuesday and Wednesday after Selection Sunday. 2011 Final Four participant VCU was one of the eight teams that emerged from the first round of the championship.

Second- and third-round sites include Albuquerque, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Portland, which will host games Thursday and Saturday, March 15 and 17. Sites hosting second- and third-round games Friday and Sunday, March 16 and 18 include Columbus, Greensboro, Nashville and Omaha. Regional action takes place in Boston and Phoenix Thursday and Saturday, March 22 and 24, and in Atlanta and St. Louis Friday and Sunday, March 23 and 25.

The NCAA also announced that general public ticket applications for the 2012 Men’s Final Four reached the established limit of 20,000 applications prior to the deadline, the first such occurrence since the application limit was set in 2009. The 74th Final Four will be played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Saturday, March 31 and Monday, April 2. It will mark the fifth time the city has hosted the event, the first since Hurricane Katrina. “It’s clear that NCAA basketball fans are ready for the Final Four to return to New Orleans,” said Shaheen.

Volunteer at upcoming events!

The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to inform you of several upcoming volunteer opportunities. Click below for more information about volunteering at the 2011 USA Diving Region 10 Championships on June 10-12, Playworks Portland Corporate Kickball Tournament on June 17 and the Revolution3 Triathlon on July 8-10. Please join us to support these outstanding events and help enhance our state through sport!

eUpdate – Timbers debut, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, USA Fencing

Last night, after months of anticipation and years of effort, the Portland Timbers made their historic home debut in Major League Soccer, topping the Chicago Fire 4-2 in front of a raucous sell-out crowd at JELD-WEN Field. The truly electric crowd sparked the Timbers to victory, capping off one of the most memorable evenings in the annals of Oregon sports. Said Timbers coach John Spencer, “I don’t think you’ve seen an atmosphere like that in American soccer history – ever.”

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USA Fencing Nationals in Portland this weekend

The top Division I and wheelchair fencing athletes in the United States will vie for National titles this weekend at the USA Fencing Division I and Wheelchair National Championships in Portland.

Competition will begin on Friday and continue through Monday at the Oregon Convention Center (Halls C & D), 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Division I Nationals is the premier domestic event in the United States for Olympic hopefuls and will serve as part of the qualifying process for the 2011 Senior World Championship and Pan American Games Teams. Among the athletes scheduled to compete in the Division I Nationals are at least six past World or Olympic medalists and 29 former World or Olympic Team members.

Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton) has won gold at the highest levels, earning two Olympic titles and four World Championships, but she will take on a new challenge on Sunday when she participates in a wheelchair fencing exhibition bout at the USA Fencing National Division I and Wheelchair Fencing Championships in Portland.

Zagunis will fence 2010 Wheelchair World Team member Ryan Estep (Florence, Miss.) in the bout at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center (Halls C & D).

“During the month of April I am donating my proceeds from sales of Leon Paul’s Zagunis Pro Sabre Blade to help support the U.S. Paralympic Fencing Team,” Zagunis said. “I figured that participating in a wheelchair fencing demonstration at the venue would be a great way to bring awareness to our fundraising efforts.”

The bout will be Zagunis’s first opportunity to fence from a wheelchair.