This weekend may bring rain, wind and even a little sun, but that won’t stop anyone from running the Horse Butte 10-miler this weekend on Bend’s east side. What used to be a small group run with Easter candy at the finish, is now a full-fledged trail race near Horse Butte. Rolling hills and single track make for a very fun and relaxing course. Given that the east side of Bend is much different than the west with less trails and fewer trees, the opportunity to run out there is always a welcome one.
We’ve seen snow flurries at this race one too many times, but this year is looking very promising. The race is sold out – capped at 200 runners, but I’m sure RD Super Dave would welcome volunteers for the aid station and the finish area. No doubt there will be plenty of beef hot dogs to go around for both runners AND volunteers.
Yesterday was April 1, or April Fool’s Day. But many Oregonians also know it to be the deadline for studded tires removal. And somehow this triggers winter weather in the forecast. So yesterday in Bend, the snow fell all day long. Our lunch run ended up being a wet tromp along the north River Trail, to where it ends at Awbrey Glen. The snow stuck to our shoes as well as the fine gravel underneath, which in turn would kick up onto our calves and fall into the backs of our socks. Beyond that small complaint, the run was a nice change (for one day, anyhow).
Today’s lunch run was during incredible spring-like weather that included lots of melt-off from the previous day. But now that we are past the deadline for studded tires, I think we may be in the clear for spring and summer minus a couple snowflakes here and there.
Spring racing season is upon us, folks, with the Horse Butte 10-miler on Sunday. More to come on that one…
April (Snow) Showers
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.
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:
Way to represent, runners!!
A runner in the Gorge Waterfalls 50K
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:
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.
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
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.
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 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.