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Renaissance Swimmer
September 26th, 2007, 12:58 PM
As an Olympic year, and Masters Swimming World Championships year, there will be a lot of options in 2008 for competing, and for viewing great swimming. Only one great swim destination is described in this NY Times article, however, appearing in today's edition:

". . . Every little neighborhood in this city of funky neighborhoods now seems to be exploding with restaurants, food shops and markets, all benefiting from a critical mass of passion, skill and experience, and all constructed according to the gospel of locally grown ingredients.
In close proximity is a cadre of farmers committed to growing environmentally responsible produce with maximum flavor, delivered to restaurants and to the gorgeous farmers’ markets that dot the city. There are local fisheries and small beef, lamb and pork producers. Not far away [are] myriad fruit growers who supply glistening, fragile berries and stonefruits of every stripe and color.
World-class wine is produced . . . just a half hour’s drive away. [This city] has six micro-distilleries making any kind of spirits you can name and, if you’d like a chaser, more breweries than any other city on earth. Just as important is a receptive populace, demanding yet eager to be wowed. . . "

Check out the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/26/dining/26port.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper&oref=slogin (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/26/dining/26port.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper&oref=slogin)

-- and start planning your trip for August, 2008!

Renaissance Swimmer
October 3rd, 2007, 05:17 PM
Yes, Oregon Masters Swimming will be hosting the 2008 long course nationals. OMS and all of its members are committed to hosting a first class competition. The meet venue is the Aquatics Center at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. The pool was extensively remodeled in 2007 to FINA international standards, and this summer Oregon swimmers tried out this outdoor facility for the first time. The verdict: fantastic!

Oregon is proud to boast this fabulous athletic facility, and we are hopeful that we will attract many outstanding USMS athletes for the meet next August. But Oregon is about a lot more than swimming, and the Gresham/Portland area has a lot more to offer than this world-class pool. If you are on the fence about attending nationals this summer, consider coming to Oregon for more than the swimming, and consider making a trip of it and bringing your non-swimming spouse and friends.

OMS will be posting information about the meet, and about Oregon's attactions, over the next several months. In the meantime, get aquainted with Oregon at www.traveloregon.com (http://www.traveloregon.com). And think about this:

From the Aquatic Center, you will be only:
v14 miles from Portland International Airport (ranked by Conde Naste as the #1 domestic airport in 2006)
v16 miles from Willamette Falls (Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area)
v17 miles from the center of downtown Portland
v46 miles from historic Timberline Lodge, on the slopes of Mt. Hood
v48 miles from Hood River’s renowned fruit stands, wineries, wind-surfing and white water rafting
v55 miles from the heart of Oregon wine country

Allen Stark
October 7th, 2007, 10:25 PM
Don't forget,it is less than 100 mi to the fabulous Oregon coast.Also the salmon will be running at the coast and in the Columbia River.