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Project Vertical: Running Oregon

What happens when a D1 athlete turns her attention to the trail? A lot of fast miles.

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Ben Crawford

Growing up in Orange County, California, Amanda Gehrich spent her childhood in the outdoors, mountain biking, running, and hiking in the foothills, and skiing at Mammoth Mountain. As a college student, she took her talents to University of Utah before transferring to University of Oregon, where she was part of the track team that won the NCAA indoor title in the distance medley relay this season.

When she’s not training on the track, Gehrich heads for the hills, especially nearby Hendricks Park in Eugene, where she and her teammates often run. In July, she’ll tackle a bigger peak, Rainier, with RMI guides and the rest of the Bight Gear test team.

Technology by Garmin

In addition, Bight Gear has teamed up with Garmin for this project, and testers will use fēnix® 5 Plus series watches and the inReach® Mini to track their progress.