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140721osm raftingsafety smA great way to have fun and stay cool is to float the river on hot summer days. It's an enjoyable way to spend time with family and friends and a good reason to get outside and reconnect with nature.

Here are 10 tips to staying safe and being responsible on the river:


140317OSM triathlon runningMaybe you’ve run a few 5ks, a marathon or two. Maybe you’re a bicyclist or swimmer looking for something new. Have you every considered participating in a triathlon? Training for and competing in a triathlon is a great way to challenge yourself and vary your workout.

Dr. Sarah Kehl, a board-certified allergy and immunology specialist at Oregon Allergy Associates, was an avid runner and enjoyed swimming for years before she set her sights on her first triathlon.


Members of our office have enjoyed rafting trips for 28 years. This year, some of our staff and their families had the opportunity to raft the Umpqua River while other Oak Street Medical staff participated in the Dirty Dash that same day.

Rafting is a great sport for those who love both the outdoors and a great physical challenge. In 1984, we took our first raft trip on the McKenzie River. I wanted to provide a team-building activity for my staff and we all loved the experience. Since that time, some of our staff have rafted the:

Dr. Sarah Kehl (purple cap, center) tackles the first leg of the Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon.

I competed in my first Olympic distance triathlon on June 24. I’d been having a lot of fun competing in the shorter-distance triathlons over the last few summers, and decided to challenge myself with a “real” triathlon. Once I signed up for the Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon, I immediately got butterflies in my stomach. I wondered if I had the time to train for such long distances, and if I had the strength to compete in a race that I knew would take me about four hours to complete. I pushed those thoughts out of my head, and just concentrated on the three components of the race: the swim, the bike ride and the run.

The swim
First was the swim. This race was going to be a one-mile swim in a very cold lake near Sunriver. I thought I’d tackle that segment first, since I love swimming, and I figured it would be the easiest part of the race for me. I went to Fern Ridge one night after work with a group of fellow triathletes and swam about 1.2 miles. It wasn’t too cold, especially with a wet suit on. The water was really murky, and my goggles fogged up a lot, so it was hard to stay focused on the buoy markers. But I wasn’t winded, so I figured that was enough training for the swim, and moved on to biking and running. 

Dr. Andrew Gilchrist mountain biking

At Oak Street Medical, we do our best to walk the talk when it comes to fitness and wellness. As a healthcare clinic, our providers and staff understand the importance of regular exercise, eating healthy and striving to meet personal goals, and we encourage one another to adopt these healthy habits.

By promoting a culture of wellness, our hope is that patients will be inspired to follow in our footsteps and walk, run, bike, swim and play more often.