Iron(wo)man Cabo

Ironman Cabo San Lucas took place on Sunday, and Bend’s (newly) own Linsey Corbin took top honors as the first woman to cross the finish line in 9:16:43.  From the sound of it, Linsey and competitor Carrie Lester emerged from the swim and took the lead during the 112-mile bike ride.  Corbin pulled ahead during the marathon, finishing four minutes ahead of Lisa Ribe.  Lester finished in third, just six minutes behind Ribe.

The course for Ironman Cabo looks as though it travels back and forth along the base of Baja – on the Transpeninsular Highway.  Not a bad place to be running and biking.  We just hope the locals didn’t get too bent out of shape – this sounds like it will be a popular event in years to come due to the fact that the winners take home $15,000 each.  Yep.  You read that right.

Way to go, Linsey! We hope you got a little time after the race to enjoy Cabo’s beautiful beaches.

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Surprising Weekend Results

Mario Mendoza was not on our radar as a competitor at the Gorge Waterfalls 50K in Cascade Locks this weekend, but he was – AND HE WON. Nice job, Mario.

Other spectacular finishes include Rod Bien who finished the 100K in 2nd, while Ken Sinclair and Denise Bourassa finished the 100K in 11th and 12th respectively, with Denise being the 2nd woman finisher overall.

Other Bendites running the Gorge Waterfalls 50K in not-so-soggy conditions were:

Jason Gulley

Joshua Marks

Dan Harshburger

 

100Ker’s:

Andy Stallings

 

Way to represent, runners!!

A runner in the Gorge Waterfalls 50K

A runner in the Gorge Waterfalls 50K

Running This Weekend?

You may have noticed we’ve been MIA lately, as life – family, work, training – have all gotten in the way. Our apologies, as the goal is to try and keep you updated on Bend’s most current running-related news.

This weekend’s events include tomorrow’s Gorge Waterfalls 50k / 100K in Cascade Locks, Oregon.The brave souls from Bend who’ll be toughing it out on a soggy, wet course with a gazillion waterfalls include:

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Denise Bourassa

Rob Bien

Ken Sinclair

Bob Reininger

 

50K Runnerzzz

Jason Gulley

Dan Harshburger

Katrina Langenderfer

Joshua Marks

Karen Oppenheimer

Meghan Reardon

Gorge waterfall near the Columbia River

Gorge waterfall near the Columbia River

Y’all are our heroes and we’ll be cheering you on here in Bend.  Good luck tomorrow!

Also starting tomorrow is the FootZone’s Half Marathon Training Group.  If you are sitting at home reading this tonight and get a wild hair, the group meets tomorrow at 8am.  Click here for details – we guarantee it’s worth the time, money and effort you’ll put forth.

Lucky Weekend Results

Downtown Bend was awash in a sea of green yesterday, as approximately 300 people took part in the St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5K.  The race started and finished in front of the Deschutes Brewery Pub, guaranteeing a post race celebration.

Robbie Donohue took home first in 16:02 – that’s just over 5 minutes per mile, folks.

2nd and 3rd overall went to Sean Cronin (17:12 – another smokin’ fast time) and Erick Hammer (17:26 – just 14 seconds slower than Sean).

The first woman to cross the finish line was Natalia Martin in 20:46 and 2nd and 3rd women’s finishers were Amy Holcomb (21:34) and Melanie Mangin (22:46) – WAY TO GO LADIES.

See all the results here.

Runners competing in the St. Patrick's Day Dash 5K

Runners competing in the St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5K

Also this weekend – local professional ultra runner Max King set a course record up at the Chuckanut 50K, finishing in 3:35:42.  Way to go for that win, Max.

Another local runner, David Town, also finished with an impressive time of 4:58:48 (50th overall).

Way to represent, boys.

 

 

A Girl’s First 100-Miler

Last night we had the opportunity to head down to the FootZone and watch “Solstice” – a documentary film about Ashley Lindsey. Ashley ran her first 100-miler, Western States Endurance Run, in 2011.

The film is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly inspirational.  Ashley is a beautiful, determined ultra runner who made the decision to run Western States after qualifying at the Tahoe Ultra 72 mile in 2010. She is an extremely strong, determined human being and her story as she runs from Squaw Valley to Auburn is thrilling to watch.

We sat next to a couple ladies who were likely in their late fifties or early 60′s, and they inquired about where the movie took place (prior to the film starting).  We informed them of the race location, and they were convinced it was all downhill.  Funny enough, some of the first scenes are of runners hiking up Emigrant Pass (8,750 feet elev.) – they were sweet, and gave up hearty laughs at their previous comments.

Ashley Lindsey speaking after "Solstice" viewing

Ashley Lindsey speaking after “Solstice” viewing

Ashley and the creator of the film’s original music both made an appearance for a Q&A.  She is a FUN girl with lots of heart and spunk. And apparently loves dance parties (her mental happy place). You can’t help but love her.

Anyone interested in watching this incredibly shot film can rent it or purchase it at HFrameStudio.com

Thanks to FootZone and UltraRunning Magazine for sponsoring this fun event.

Chuckanut 50K

Big names from Bend will be competing in the Chuckanut 50K on Saturday in Fairhaven, Washington, including:

Stephanie Howe

Max King

Mario Mendoza

Ryan Bak

David Town

Max will be geared up for a win, as last year he was outrun by David Laney of Ashland.  David beat Max by a mere 3 minutes. We are looking forward to seeing who can come home with the Men’s AND Women’s titles this year, as Stephanie Howe has thrown herself into the mix.  With stiff competition from past winners Jodee Adams-Moore and Ellie Greenwood, we’re pulling for a spectacular women’s race with Stephanie representing as the solo Woman entrant from Bend.

Chuckanut’s race director is Krissy Moehl, who is a former Bendite and world class professional ultra runner.  She holds the course records for the Hard Rock 100 set in 2007 and HURT in 2009, and won UTMB in 2009 among countless other ultra running feats.  She is an awesome trail running ambassador for Patagonia, and any race she puts on will be a good one. No Doubt.

This year's race shirts (Patagonia, of course)

This year’s race shirts (Patagonia, of course)

Here Comes the Sun

The sun is out and the temperature has warmed up.  Sounds a little bit like Spring for Central Oregon.  We are anxiously awaiting that time when we can run without the gloves and long sleeves, but it will be here soon enough.  Until then, make sure to take advantage of the blue skies and get out there – race season is upon us. Coming up: St. Patrick’s Day Dash – 3/16/14

Mountain views at sunrise from Pilot Butte

Mountain views at sunrise from Pilot Butte