We found him! This past Sunday, we spotted “Phill Power,” our runaway pillow, racing through town in the Freeport 5K. Don’t be fooled by his fluffy appearance; this pillow is fast! Clocking in 12th overall, Phill Power is proof that pillows can be just as speedy as they are soft.
Jake Holz, the athlete behind “Phill Power,” talked with us about his love for running. A runner since college, Jake first became interested in the sport as a way to gain fitness. Since then, he has participated in a number of long-distance races, including a 50K (31 mile!) race on Cranberry Island, which he completed in six hours. Though Jake has become an experienced runner, his goals remain simply to have fun and explore new places.
And, in case you’re wondering, this isn’t Jake’s first time running in a costume. Having previously dressed up as a pie and a bottle, he was well prepared to race in his custom-made pillow outfit!
This isn’t the last you’ll see of Phill Power! Be on the lookout for him at future races and events around Portland.