Portland run to benefit Issaquah trails club
July 26, 2011
By Tom Corrigan
“About two years… and many, many pounds ago, in a doughnut shop in Seattle, I set my very first running goal: to run a marathon.”
That’s the first full line on Douglas Pariseau’s still growing website.
By the way, Pariseau, 44, reached his initial goal. His first marathon was the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon. The achievement came just a year after Pariseau had decided he needed to run a marathon. So, as he says on his site, Pariseau needed a new goal.
He came up with one.
Mostly for fun, but also to raise money for the Issaquah Alps Trail Club and the cross-country team at Mt. Rainer Lutheran School in Tacoma, Pariseau leaves July 27 for a 185-plus mile run from the Issaquah REI store where he works to an REI in Portland, Ore.
Pariseau said he plans to make the trip in seven days.
If you do the fairly simple math, that’s the equivalent of roughly seven marathons in seven days. And by the way, if you haven’t heard previously of Pariseau’s seemingly enormous undertaking, don’t feel as if you haven’t been paying attention.
“It’s been very low key,” Pariseau said.
Pariseau’s wife Stephanie will drive road support during the trip, while the couple’s two children, Quinn and Tessa, will run at least part of the way with their dad. The family’s accommodations on the trek will consist mostly of roadside camping.
According to the website, both Quinn and Tessa are members of the Mt. Rainer cross-country team. Pariseau said the team could use new uniforms. So Quinn hopes to raise money via the run to help out his school.
Busy with the final stages of preparation for the grueling run, Pariseau said he is still putting the final touches on his website. He hopes to set up a way for those interested to donate to his causes. Pariseau said he also plans regular updates from the road during the run.
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