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A real runaway bride
runs 5K in
SALEM STATESMAN JOURNAL
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ngela Watts is an avid runner,
but until Dec. 31, she had
never run in her wedding dress. •
Watts closed out 2017 by running
the Resolution Relay in Boring on
New Year’s Eve in a gown. • She
planned to run the race all along
but added the wedding dress as
part of her fundraising promise
for the “Dressember” challenge. •
Dressember is an international
movement created by Blythe Hill.
In 2009, Hill challenged herself to
December to bring awareness to
After a few friends joined her, Hill
realized this could be something bigger,
and since 2013, “Dressember” has raised
more than $3 million for education and
the eradication of human trafficking.
This was the second year that Watts,
34, has participated.
In 2016, Watts’s goal was to raise
$1,000. To encourage her friends and
family to donate, she promised to wear
her wedding dress one day if she hit that
Her mark was met by day 17, so she
decided to wear her dress to church.
“It helped spread awareness because
when people would ask, I would be like,
well, there is this cause,” she said. “It
helped me tell more people about it.”
This December, Watts increased her
goal to $3,000. But, she knew she needed
to do something more ridiculous than
wearing her dress to church.
Then her friend came up with the idea
to run a race in the dress.
“I would post a picture of my dress
each day on social media, I did give-
aways, anything to get people to donate,”
Watts tried to include a fact about hu-
man trafficking when she would post her
dress of the day.
On Dec. 28, Watts was about $360
short of her goal when her friend Jeremy
Howell offered to match donations made
that day to reach her goal.
The matching and other efforts
pushed Watts’ fundraising to more than
“Our team for Dressember is 17 peo-
ple, and together we raised more than
$6,700,” she said. “The International Jus-
tice Mission estimates one rescue mis-
sion is about $6,000, so it’s pretty cool
that we are going to fund a rescue mis-
sion and save one to 10 people from hu-
Angela Watts ran the Resolution Relay in Boring on New Year’s Eve in a gown. SPECIAL TO THE STATESMAN
Angela Watts and other members of her
Resolution Relay team joined in the nuptial
fun as well. SPECIAL TO THE STATESMAN
On race day, Watts wasn’t alone. The
other members of her Resolution Relay
team joined in the nuptial fun as well.
Her two girlfriends ran in bridesmaid
dresses, and one of their husbands ran in
Their team won the “Best Costumes
and Baton” contest.
Watts said that they got a lot of “con-
gratulations” along the way and had to
explain that they did not just get mar-
ried. This gave them an opportunity to
share their cause.
“I certainly didn’t run my fastest 5K,”
she said. “I kept reminding myself why I
was doing it and that this was such an ac-
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Angela Watts wore her wedding dress to church last year after reaching her $1,000 goal for her
“Dressember” fundraiser. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGELA WATTS
New year brings dreams of fishing ...
There is a palpable
sense of promise and po-
tential when you fold your
new, unblemished, un-
stained, wrinkle-free 2018
fishing license into the
small, spotless Tyvek envelope and tuck
it into your pocket.
While simultaneously ignoring the an-
nual reality of turning in the previous
year’s salmon/steelhead/halibut tag,
which is about as pristine as the yet-to-
be-used new license.
It’s not mandatory to turn your tag in
to the Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife, which uses the information
(but, blessedly, not the names of the per-
petrators) for databases about factors
such as run timing and angler success.
I tend to think of my contribution as
striking a blow for the similarly success-
But hope springs eternal, and as the
old chestnut goes, “that’s why they call it
fishing, not catching.”
Although truth be told, one has to ac-
tually go fishing before one can attempt
And there’s the rub.
I caught more fish during a single
week in September in Alaska than I
caught the rest of the year in Oregon, un-
less you count several scouting forays
for bluegill and other panfish, which
were plentiful and willing, but also di-
minutive in size, to say the least.
The reason for the discrepancy in
win/loss records at home and on the road
is in large part because, as in the past,
when I was a full-time outdoor writer
and columnist for the Statesman Jour-
nal, more time is spent talking to and tak-
ing pictures of people catching fish than,
well, actually pursuing fish.
Which come to think about it is a loose
but fairly accurate definition of a jour-
nalist: A person who chronicles and/or
captures images of current events, the
object being to report the news, not make
Did you come here to talk and write,
or did you come here to fish?
During 2018, I’m hoping that the an-
swer will be both.
Although if history is a guide, I’m
more adept at the former than the latter.
Which admittedly isn’t saying much.
This just in: The schedule for the an-
nual Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing
Expo, which will be March 9 and 10 in Al-
bany, has been posted on the event web-
site at www.nwexpo.com/index.php.
I have attended and enjoyed this an-
nual gathering off and on since its larval
stages with participants and attendees
packed cheek-by-jowl into the circular
confines of Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane
Events Center in Eugene.
According to organizers with the Ore-
gon Council of the International Federa-
tion of Fly Fishers, schedules for 50
classes on tying, casting and fishing at
the show will be posted later this month.
Some of the more popular sessions fill
quickly, so bookmark and click on the
web page throughout the month for up-
If you’ve never been, the expo fea-
tures round-robin fly-tying sessions
where you can watch and learn to tie flies
from tag teams of 200 tyers featuring ev-
erything from presentation-grade Atlan-
tic salmon streamers to bugs for catch-
If you click on the link to “featured
tyers” on the website, you can see a list of
past tying award-winners who are
scheduled to put on demonstrations.
There also are more than 50 exhibi-
tors and vendors, casting demonstra-
tions, lessons in tying knots and flies as
well as casting practice for kids and new-
You can watch the experts demon-
strate techniques such as basic overhead
and roll casts as well as spey casting.
Although I personally have never
been asked to demonstrate my singular
“flail-and-fail” technique used almost
exclusively for hooking and playing
streamside foliage on back casts.
There also is a Friday night reception
with raffle/dinner ticket packages rang-
ing from $400 (table of four) to $10 for a
single dinner ticket.
Money raised at the event supports
two $1,500 scholarships in fishery man-
agement at Oregon State University as
well as conservation and project grants
for International Federation of Fly Fish-
ers-affiliated clubs in Oregon.
The show opens to the public at 9 a.m.
both days at the Linn County Expo Cen-
ter, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Albany.
Heading south on Interstate 5, take the
Knox Butte exit, then head east and
Jim Ferguson, a participant at the Expo and
former fly tyer of the year, returns for the
2018 edition. HENRY MILLER/ STATESMAN JOURNAL
watch for the signs to the Expo on the
Henry Miller is a retired outdoor writ-
er and columnist for the Statesman Jour-
nal. You can contact him via email at