Portland East Running Club

Portland East Running Club is comprised of all PPS east side elementary boys and girls, grades 1-5, offering progressive training for athletes of all abilities (great for first time runners!). We establish and build athleticism in a safe, supportive environment by certified, experienced running coaches. Athletes receive free performance tee (while supplies last). Track and field (spring) Cross country (fall)


Hello Parents, 

Welcome to Runner2Runner, Portland East!

I'm Howard Lao, and your co head coach & the COO of Runner2Runner.

My email is Howard@Runner2runner.com & phone number at

503 820 8687

This season i’m excited to announce that my co head coach will be James Cameron (he was with us last year) - He was not only an excellent athlete, but a wonderful coach too.

Runner2Runner’s mission is to introduce track and field training (spring) cross country (fall) in a safe, positive and supportive environment to young athletes.  

Our first practice will be held on Wednesday (09/05)  at Woodstock Park (SE 47th Ave & Steele St, Portland, OR 97206) -  We will meet at the playground structure area. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to check in and get settled.

For the first practice, we will begin with introducing ourselves and going over expectations for the season and answer any questions you may have. You’re welcome to join us for the entire practice if your schedule permits.

Team information:

  • All team information can be found on your team page at www.runner2runner.com   

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  • Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/runner2runner/

  • Practice will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 6 pm to 7 pm.

  • Meets are on the following Thursday
    (9/13, 9/20,  10/4 and 10/18.  Preferably to meet as a team at 4:30 but the meets itself start at 5 PM, done by 6)

  • Your child should dress in weather appropriate clothing and wear proper running shoes. Layering works great!

  • Have your child consume a light snack 1.5 to 1 hours before each practice and meet. Please avoid dairy, sugar and high fat foods. 

  • Hydration is extremely important so please be sure your child drinks plenty of water prior to practice.

  • Bring a filled water bottle to each practice.

  • We will be in the direct sun so please have your child wear sunscreen, if possible.

  • If your child has asthma or allergies, please have them bring their inhaler and EpiPen with them to each practice. 

  • IMPORTANT: Please make sure to check your child out before leaving practice. For safety purposes, you must be present for them to check out and if someone other than a parent will be picking your child up, please let me know in advance.

  • If your child is going to miss practice or a meet, please email head coach.

We are very excited to meet you and your runner on Wednesday the 5th!  If you have any questions, please feel free to email or contact me by phone; 503 820 8687

If you would like to volunteer to help at practices and meets let me know (if you have not already signed up). Thank you in advance for your help!

Cross country is coming!

Cross country team for boys and girls, grades 1-5, comprised of all Portland Public School east side elementary schools

September 5 - November 7, 2018

Monday/Wednesday, 6-7pm @ Woodstock Park

Athletes compete in Foot Traffic cross country meets

Co Head coaches:  Howard Lao & James Cameron 


Meet Coach James Cameron

UW alum (teammates with Howard), Sub 4 miler (3:58 mile / All American) - 13:51 5k. - 

2nd year with R2R, Previously coached girls HS XC at JSerra HS in California

Dad to 3 year old, enjoys taking photos, golfing, &  hiking

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