Our 15th Anniversary

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Portland Fit.  When we started this program, we had no idea what to expect.  Susie and I were new to Portland and we figured we would make a few friends and get in better shape.  I was lucky enough to know the founder of USA FIT in Houston, though I had never actually done the program, and I asked him if we could replicate it in Portland.

We suspected we had chosen a good place when over 550 people showed up for our first day in 1998.  That is still the USA FIT record for a first year program.  We also benefited from a collection of great coaches and the support of local running specialty store, Portland Running Company.  They’ve been with us since the beginning and we hope we’ve helped them as much as they’ve helped us.

At the end of the first season, Susie and I ran our first marathon together on our first wedding anniversary.  We haven’t celebrated every anniversary with a marathon, and we haven’t run every marathon together.  But it was a special way to celebrate the first year of our marriage, the first year of living in Portland, and our first year of Portland Fit.

Here’s to another year of firsts.  We hope you join us.

Stay fit,
John