eUpdate – Sports Medicine Conference, Run the Oregon Prelay, New Members

The Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland are pleased to announce that Portland has been selected to host the 2012 annual conference of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (JCSMS). The annual gathering of representatives from the most prestigious sports medicine organizations in the U.S. and Canada will take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in February 2012.

Click here to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate.

Introducing the $25,000 Aqua Zone Portland Mile

Organizers of the annual Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon and Musselman Triathlon (Geneva, NY) announce the addition of a major open water swim race in downtown Portland slated for August 22, 2009. Four generous partners make this event possible: Aqua Zone, Pacific Power, Oregon Sports Action, and a gift from Bill and Julie Young.

The Aqua Zone Portland Mile offers a $25,000 purse to competitors. A world-class field of professionals is expected to attend, with Trent Grimsey already committed to the starting line. Mr. Grimsey is the reigning champion of the 2008 RCP Tiburon Mile, the 2008 Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the 2008 Eyeline 1000 Noosa Ocean Swim, and the 2009 Australian 5k and 10k Open Water Swimming Championships. He will represent Australia at the World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy, in July.

The one-mile and half-mile races kick off the 2009 Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon weekend, now in its third year.  Situated in the heart of downtown Portland, both the triathlon and the swim enjoy one of the finest venues in the world for open water swimming. Beneath Portland’s signature downtown bridges, in the Willamette River alongside Waterfront Park and the Eastbank Esplanade, some of the greatest professional and masters swimmers of our time will square off in what could be the fastest open water mile ever recorded. The course will begin at RiverPlace Marina and follow a rectangle beneath the spectator-friendly Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges.

In addition to the cash purse, all age group winners will take home a Renegade skinsuit from Aqua Zone.  Worn by 18 NCAA Division I swimming teams, the Renegade produces 50 times less friction than human skin. Aqua Zone, a premier swim product brand distributed to stores, swim schools, and teams throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, joins three other major sponsors in providing this sizeable purse:

Pacific Power is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, and as part of PacifiCorp provides more than 1.7 million customers with reliable, efficient energy. Pacific Power is an active supporter of Pacific NW communities and events.

Oregon Sports Action works to attract and support Olympic sports throughout Oregon. Founded to bring a Winter Olympics bid to Oregon, OSA is led by a skilled and passionate Board of former Olympians, including Jack Elder (1972), Clem Eischen (1948), Katy Steding (1996), and Sean O’Neill (1988, 1992).

Bill and Julie Young have been passionate and active stewards of the Willamette River for many years.  Through their advised fund, the Willamette River Fun(d) of the Oregon Community Foundation, Bill and Julie advocate for healthy ecosystems, public access for all, and a spirit of fun in everything they do.

The Aqua Zone Portland Mile will headline Portland’s city-wide RiverFest and be covered live on the internet ( and Twitter. Veteran open water swimming journalist, former world champion, and USA Swimming World Open Water Team coach Steven Munatones will attend to produce the live Twitter coverage as well as conduct a comprehensive open water swim clinic during race weekend.  A press conference will be held Friday afternoon, August 21.

Portland selected to host sports medicine and science conference

Portland has been selected to host the 2012 annual conference of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (JCSMS), Travel Portland and the Oregon Sports Authority announced today.  The annual gathering of representatives from more than 40 of the most prestigious sports medicine organizations in the U.S. and Canada will take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in February 2012.

“It’s fantastic that Portland has been chosen to host this meeting,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of Travel Portland. “Historically, cities that host the conference tend to see a ripple effect in terms of booking future conventions for many of the organizations that participate in the Joint Conference.”

JCSMS member organizations vary in size from small, specialized groups to large well-known associations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, American Academy of Family Physicians and the NCAA.  The JCSMS meets annually to discuss current issues and concerns in sports medicine and science.  Each organization is represented by its designated volunteer leader, typically the president or high-ranking official, and its chief staff officer.  Typically between 60-70 delegates attend.

“We’re delighted to have earned the privilege to host such an influential group from the field of sports medicine and science,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.

Prior JCSMS meeting hosts have generated significant residual tourism benefits by organizing the conference as a familiarization trip, featuring facility tours and visits to local attractions.  Similarly, Travel Portland and the Oregon Sports Authority will showcase Portland as a potential meeting destination to key decision makers from more than 40 national and international sports medicine and science associations, representing hundreds of thousands of physicians and medical trainers and well over 150 meetings a year.  Such familiarization trips have proven to be one of the most effective selling tools for bringing convention business to Portland.

Rose Quarter plan shields coliseum

Memorial Coliseum is spared.

The Rose Quarter is officially off the table as a possible site for a new Triple A baseball stadium, Mayor Sam Adams said Wednesday.

The city and the Portland Trail Blazers are negotiating an agreement for redeveloping the area that would take advantage of the coliseum building, perhaps updating or redesigning it, Adams said.

“Our goal is to keep it, at least the skin,” Adams said.

The city should complete the initial agreement with the Blazers within two weeks. But Adams said he hopes to set up a deliberative public conversation that gives people plenty of time to comment, with the goal of putting a revised plan for the Rose Quarter in front of the City Council by the first of the year. That would also include details on how to pay for the projects, he said.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, May 7, 2009

Video: Too many pro sports in Portland?

Portland’s professional lacrosse team is leaving town.  The Portland LumberJax owner told fans it was having a hard time selling tickets and getting corporate sponsors.  And in a town dominated by the Portland Trailblazers, some say there isn’t an appetite for much more.  KATU looks at how many pro sports teams can the Metro area really support.

Click here to watch the full story.

Jax’s exit opens door

You can have your indoor soccer leagues. You can keep your tractor pulls and motocross. You can have the WNBA, and the USFL, and the various and sundry minor league professional sports leagues that have attempted to make in Portland.

All yours.


I’ll take the peace and quiet today.

The Portland LumberJax indoor lacrosse franchise announced this week that they’ll cease operating and look for a new home. So count me among those who will help them pack and drive them to the airport if they need it. Because the white noise created by the flurry of peripheral low-level sports that flock to Portland is too much.

This city deserves to dream bigger.

Bless the LumberJax for trying. And for giving away loads of tickets to children who wanted to see a game played by adults. But if we’re keeping it real, we have to acknowledge that this league, and this sport, was nothing more than a cannibal that wanted to eat up local sponsorship dollars, your season-ticket dollars and news coverage that should be dedicated to major professional sporting events in the Portland area.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, John Canzano’s Column, May 6, 2009