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"First Run" of the New Year

by Laural Porter

Posted on January 3, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

Happy 2007!

After a week off, it's great to be back at Newschannel 8.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and rang in the New Year in style.

My family and I did something we have wanted to do for a few years, and finally did it.
We ran Portland's "First Run" at midnight on New Year's Eve.
We wore our party hats, and carried our noisemakers and horns, as we dashed across the starting line at the World Trade Center downtown.

Run organizers told me they thought there would be just under two thousand others running in the event.
What a great Portland atmosphere,too.

We saw an Elvis impersonator. (He was high-fiving runners along the route).
Several canine joggers wearing New Year's gear; sprinters who dressed like the first New Year's babies; women in bathing suits (brrrrr), and lots of smiles.

It was family-friendly, and an exhilarating way to celebrate what I hope is a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year for everyone.

Thank you for being part of our Newschannel 8 family, as we begin a brand new year together.