The 4x4x48 was inspired by David Goggins in the the book living with a Seal. Goggins describes a workout he does in preparation for Ultras where he runs 4 miles... every 4 hours... for 48 hours. As an Ultra runner myself, when I him describe the workout I thought... 1... That is a totally nutty way to train and ...2... I absolutely have to try that.
Thus was born the Portland 4x4x48.
The Mothership 4x4x48 starts at my vacation rental in SE Portland called the Mothership Motel. This is a private event for groups of 2 to 4 individuals who think it a reasonable idea to spending a couple of days running often and barely sleeping whilst enjoying an Ultra Urban foot tour of Portland's best parks, trails, restaurants and city streets.
The Registration includes 3 Nights stay at the Mothership Motel and a tour guide who will take care of navigating all the run courses, and take care of all transportation needs.
The Mothership Motel is a tastefully renovated guest house in the heart of Foster-Powell neighborhood exclusively designed for hosting wild runners like yourselves. Walk to Henry Higgins Bagels, and Piper Cafe, Bread & Roses Market for delicious organic produce, The Portland Mercado(Latin Food trucks), Off the griddle, Bar Carlo, Bar Maven, and so much more...
The Mothership is your docking station--a place to refuel & to recharge! The space has lots of natural light, beautiful hardwood floors, tub & shower, a full open kitchen with eat-in bar and gas range, a very comfortable wrap-around L-shaped sofa, washer/dryer (laundry soap included) shower amenities, private covered patio, private off-street parking, and a game-shelf stacked with games for various ages, puzzles of varying difficulty, and cards/poker chips.
he course is not completely fixed and will change depending on the Season and the individuals participating in the madness.
The objective is to have 12 unique routes, each highlighting a bite Portland's finest parks, trails, restaurants and/OR urban streets. Some of the Runs are out and Back, or a loop from the mothership, while others are point to point, and others require a Drive to get to a destination run. All Transportation is taken care of by Your Host, and you will have a guide to navigate you through your routes on foot or In some situations the course is simple enough that navigate is not needed(ie. Take this path for 4 miles and Ill see you on the other side)
Though events are posted for specific dates on Ultra Sign up. You are encouraged inquire available dates and times to fit with your schedule. We can host any days that we do not have other events hosted at the Mothership Motel, and start and end times are fully customizable . You are welcome to stay more than the three nights upon request and approval. Please reach out to customize your Portland 4x4x48!
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