Western States 100 Wrap-Up

Last night at the FootZone, we got to hear four amazing people tell their stories about running the Western States 100 Endurance Race.  Never have we been so captivated. These four people ran 100 miles in less than 20 hours (much less, in some cases), less than one week ago – and lived to tell about it.

All four – Scott Wolfe, Denise Bourassa, Max King and Stephanie Howe – were blinding us with their brand new silver belt buckles, but we didn’t notice as we all sat in awe while they told their personal stories of triumph to an audience who listened very closely.

Each story was different. And each story had its ups and downs. But we learned a few very important things last night – and these lessons are worth repeating.

- Prepare. Make sure you are ready to tackle a challenge both physically and mentally. There will be moments of doubt, but they will be brief.

- Know yourself. Stay in check with yourself and how you feel. This is the one time you need to be focused on you and you, alone.

- Thank your support team.  We heard nothing but gratitude for their crew from these champs.

- Trust yourself.  When you trust yourself and your ability, there is nothing you cannot accomplish.



Get Thee to the FootZone Tonight!

We are currently listening to an interview on Ultrarunnerpodcast.com with WS100 2nd place finisher, Seth Swanson. At 7pm we are going to head over to the FootZone to hear all the crazy-awesome stories from Max King, Stephanie Howe, Denise Bourassa and Scott Wolfe and their Western States 100 race experiences.

If you are still geeking out on Western States 100 news like we are, this might provide some closure. We hope.

Stephanie Howe – 2014 WS100 winner

Alright Alright Alrght

Not sure about you, but we were glued to our phone/computer all day Saturday, following the Western States 100 Endurance Run.

The day started at 5am for these amazing athletes (earlier, actually), up to Emigrant Pass and then down down down (with a few more ups) for the next 95 miles.

Bend ultra runners Max King and Stephanie Howe both took the lead early on – Stephanie held onto first, while Max was passed in the last third of the race by Rob Krar (1st), Seth Swanson (2nd) and Dylan Bowman (3rd).  Considering this was the first hundred-mile race for both Max and Stephanie, they did doubly spectacular.

Bendite Results:

Max King – 15:44:45

Stephanie Howe – 18:01:42

Scott Wolfe – 18:18:36

Denise Bourassa – 20:19:30

Both Scott and Denise also finished with stellar times – Scott placed 21st overall and Denise just 20 spots behind him – 7th woman overall.

Congrats to these four speedy ultra marathoners who continue  to push their limits.

Max on his speedy way in Western Sates 100. Photo: Gretchen Brugman

Max on his speedy way in Western Sates 100. Photo: Gretchen Brugman










Meanwhile, across the globe, Linsey Corbin of Bend was the first woman to finish Ironman Austria on Sunday. She finished in 8:42:42 – a course record and her second win at Ironman Austria.

Back here in Central Oregon – Bend’s own Matt Lieto won the Pacific Crest Long Course Triathlon in 4:05:39 in prep for Ironman Canada.

Lots of other Bendites participated in Pacific Crest and did really well – here are the results for all events.

And last but not least, professional triathlete Jesse Thomas came home with a 3rd place in Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock, TX in 4:02:54.

A huge congrats to all who raced this weekend.  You make us proud!

Pacific Crest Weekend & Dirty Half Update

This is the last weekend in June, which means it’s Pacific Crest Weekend.  Hundreds, if not thousands of people from all over the country come to Sunriver to participate in events like a half marathon, Olympic & Long Distance triathlons, Olympic Duathlon, 5K and 10K races and a marathon. There are other events including relays and kids events, as well.

While this event is not located in Bend, many Bendites will partake in the weekend’s festivities.


Runners take part in Pacific Crest










For those of you running in the rescheduled Dirty Half on July 6, please make sure to RSVP by emailing Super Dave: superdave@footzonebend.com and let FootZone know you’ll be there.  The course will be run in REVERSE due to the recentdirectional changes at Phil’s Trail (Ben’s, specifically).





Bend Representing at WS100

This coming Saturday at 5am, begins the start of 100-mile journey on foot for many residents of Bend. Call it a race, but it will be a mental, emotional, spiritual and physical journey for all.  It is the Western States 100 Endurance Race.

Bend residents participating this year, include:

Denise Bourassa

Stephanie Howe

Max King

Scott Wolfe

Western States 100 starting line

Western States 100 starting line

All four are experienced ultra runners with elite experience.  They will start at Squaw Valley, CA (elev 6,200 ft) and ascend Emigrant Pass (elev 8,750 ft – a 2,550 ft climb in 4.5 miles), and continue on for another 15,540 ft of elevation gain, and 22,970 ft of descent in approximately 95 miles before finishing on the Placer High School track in the small town of Auburn, CA.

The trails are rugged and remote, and many runners will travel half of the trail during the night. Some will finish before dawn, while others will finish in the daylight hours the next morning. Fastest times at WS100 are under 15 hours for the men and under 17 hours for the women. They will all received the coveted silver belt buckle for finishing in under 24 hours.  Those that finish under 30 hours will receive bronze belt buckles.  And finishers who cross the finish line after 30 hours will not be listed as official finishers.

We’ll be following the race via Twitter feed here and live feed here.

We want to wish Denise, Stephanie, Max and Scott all luck in their journey to Auburn on Saturday – we’ll be cheering you on!

WS100 Silver Buckle

WS100 Silver Buckle

The Busiest Weekend in Bend

Pole Pedal Paddle weekend is upon us. The hotel rooms, vacation rentals and campsites are full.  The restaurants in downtown, the Old Mill and on the west side of Bend will be jam- packed on Saturday evening. And trying to find a canoe rental is darn near impossible tonight.

But PPP is Bend’s signature event, and it brings thousands of people to Bend.  Tomorrow, these people will ski downhill, cross country ski, bike, run, paddle and sprint (in that order) from Mt. Bachelor to Bend.  A relay for some, an individual event for others.  But participants will be out there doing it, and that’s what makes it so great.

So good luck to all those running, pedaling, paddling and skiing tomorrow.  We’ll be down there cheering you on at the finish. With a beer in hand, live Tweeting the elite finish (@RunningBend).

The paddle leg of PPP

The paddle leg of PPP



Training for Your First Ultra Marathon

Amy here.  I write most of the content for this site, if not all of it.  I don’t usually write in first person just because I’m always running with someone else and reporting on it.  My opinion is great, but not what matters when reporting running news.  Any who…

This past weekend I ran my first ultra marathon.  Because I’m a veteran marathoner, I knew how to train but ended up tweaking just a few things. This is what I learned:

1.) Fuel early, often and consistently.  I am pretty sure I perfected this during training – but it was confirmed on race day. I ended up taking 10 GU gels over a 7-hour period and never bonked.  When nausea kicked in at the 20-mile aid station, I knew I needed to eat more.  So I did.  And it worked.  Even 5 miles from the finish (this was a hilly, muddy, gnarly ultra), I knew I needed back up at the last aid station, and sure enough – a GU got me to the finish line.

2.) Hydrate often.  I purchased a hydration pack earlier this year and fell in LOVE.  I kid you not. I hate holding bottles (and in this race, hands were necessary for holding onto trees and balancing while flying down muddy hills) and I have never looked back.  Hydration packs FOREVER. I <3 Hydration Packs.  You get the point.  Make sure you have water available at all times.  You never know what the course might be like on race day.

Nathan Intensity (Women's)

Nathan Intensity (Women’s)

3.) TRAIN ON HILLS.  I have become a stronger runner because of my hill training and I will always add hills to my weekly mileage.  I am not talking just one.  I’m talking 5-6.  Strong quads=Strong running.

Boom.  Those are my lessons learned while training for an ultra.  Now I’m headed back to marathon training with a better understanding of training and I’m a stronger runner because of it.

(The ultra was the McDonald Forest 50K, btw, recommended only if you’re the adventurous type)