Endurance athlete and raw-foods advocate Tim VanOrden will speak about the effects of diet on performance Aug. 8 in Ashland.

Endurance athlete and raw-foods advocate Tim VanOrden will speak about the effects of diet on performance Aug. 8 in Ashland.

VanOrden, a runner, speaks at 7 p.m. at 472 Walker St., and the suggested donation is $10. The event includes a free raw vegan potluck dinner before the talk.

VanOrden, 42, created the Running Raw Project in late 2005 to determine whether it was possible to be a top-performing athlete while eating a raw, vegan diet, he said in a news release.

Since beginning his training as an athlete in 2006, he has finished first overall in 42 road, trail, snowshoe, mountain and stair climb races, setting six course records in the process, he said.

VanOrden's talk will address nutritional needs, food as fuel, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, fueling strategies, dietary misconceptions, avoiding dietary stress and the stress/recovery equation.

He also will take part in the 33rd annual Mount Ashland Hill Climb Run on Aug. 7.

Details: Leslie DeLorean at (541) 326-7600 or 3267600@gmail.com.

— Staff reports