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May 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Portland, Victoria hotels help guests stay in shape

  

Bicyclists cross Victoria's Selkirk Bridge on the Galloping Goose trail, a former railway line converted into a 34-mile biking and walking route in the city and suburbs. (Kristin Jackson photo / Seattle Times)

Bicyclists cross Victoria’s Selkirk Bridge on the Galloping Goose trail, a former railway line converted into a 34-mile biking and walking route in the city and suburbs. (Kristin Jackson photo / Seattle Times)

  On a vacation or business trip it’s way too easy to indulge in unhealthy foods and abandon a fitness routine.

 The solution: Find a hotel with a decent fitness center or pool big enough so you actually can swim lengths. Or pack your running shoes and hit the streets.

 Some hotels in the Pacific Northwest and B.C.  this spring are starting to help guests stay in shape with free guided runs and bikes to use.

At the luxurious  Heathman Hotel in Portland, the general manager, Chris Erickson, will lead guests on a run through downtown every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., starting May 14. Erickson is a marathon runner, but he won’t set a punishing pace or length: runs will be about four miles.

    Anyone staying at the Heathman can join the run, but those buying

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