About Team Red Lizard

Team Red Lizard (TRL) is a non-profit running club based in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.

While TRL is a running club, many of our members enjoy numerous other activities such as mountain climbing, back-country skiing, adventure races, and Ironman competitions, to name a few.

TRL also provides members with opportunities to help others; from working at a local soup kitchen one Saturday each month, to organizing many aspects of the Special Olympics Regional Qualifying meet, and providing runners to lead pace groups for the Portland Marathon. We also collect used shoes for the homeless and for under-privelged kids at local high schools. TRL seeks out opportunities to give back to the community.

TRL is managed by a Board of Directors which meets each month (see the Facebook Group or email our secretary for location and time). The meetings are open to everyone. TRL’s Bylaws can be read here.

History

TRL is one of the oldest running clubs in Oregon. Founded in 1992 by local triathlete Kevin Foreman, it was initially associated with a running store in Lake Oswego. When the store closed, Foreman moved on to other endeavors, but the club persevered, diversified, and grew, merging in 1997 with another club, the Rose City Runners.

People often ask where the name came from. The answer is that it’s no longer fully clear. It appears to have originated in a post-run conversation in which people started spitballing cool names. A pub was probably involved. The topic turned to colored animals, “Red Lizard” won, and it has been Team Red Lizard ever since.

These days, TRL is a mix of road runners, trail runners, track runners, triathletes, 5K runners, marathoners, ultramarathoners, and pretty much any other type of runner that exists. Not to mention that many people enjoy more than one of these.

We are an all-comers club, and runners of all abilities are welcome. Workouts have always been open to visitors, with no limit on the number of times you can visit, so come check us out!

Officers & Directors

President

Garland Days

Garland has been a member of TRL since 2015 and runs competitively in the 50+ masters division. To stay motivated, Garland enjoys setting a wide variety of running goals such as placing 1st in his age-group, accomplishing PRs at odd distances, and finishing bucket-list, destination races.


Vice President

Angela Lindbo

Angela’s been a member of TRL for so long that she can’t remember when she first joined. “But I do know it’s double digits,” she says, adding ,”I love the team camaraderie we have and have built many life long friends on the long runs, Stumptown XC, Labor Day camp outs and social gatherings.”


Secretary

Carre Heineck

Carre has been running competitively since age eleven and has been a club member for over a decade. She has served as a cross country team captain, helped organize multiple trips to USATF Club Cross Country Nationals, and has recently been helping organize the Sunday long runs.


Treasurer

Ben Flaata

Ben has been a long-time Lizard, and regular at group runs, Stumptown Cross, trail runs and the Labor Day camp + run adventures.


Communications

Torrey Lindbo

Torrey (whose full title is Director of Communications) has been an active TRL member and board member for longer than he cares to admit.  After being a 400/800 meter runner in high school and college, he has enjoyed racing cross country, road and trail races of all distances since then.


Membership

Kellie Houser

Kellie (full title Director of Membership) ran in high school and college and now finds running serves as an important medium for positive work/life balance in in her life. She joined TRL a few years ago, and has been active in a number of roles. “I believe forming the relationships I now have serves as a key driving force to keep me going and striving to be a better runner and a better version of myself,” she says.

Apparel, Megan Taylor.

Megan has been running since elementary school, but is a newer TRL member. After signing up for Stumptown XC in 2021, she quickly became a regular at Tuesday track practice and Sunday long runs. From racing track 5ks to marathon training, Megan has found new Lizard training partners after relocating back to the PNW.

Club Contact Information

5331 South Macadam Ave Ste 258-401
Portland, OR US 97239
Email: redlizardrunningclub@gmail.com