This year’s Cascade Lakes Relay (CLR) brought out the very best in participants and volunteers, alike. We were fortunate enough to participate for the second year in a row and finally got a taste of the heat that has been oft spoken of in prior years, which was thwarted at the finish by a heavy rain / hail storm, to our dismay.
Winning the overall relay their second year in a row were The Sole Brothers from Bend, including locals Mario Mendoza, Austin Baillie and Ryan Bak. They set a course record of 21:48 – bettering last year’s time by almost an hour. That’s a 6:04 / minute per mile average, over 216 miles, folks.
While our personal relay experience was much slower, we enjoyed the van camaraderie, the ease of the course flow, tireless volunteers, lack of sleep (we admit it), and stellar course views. Teams go all out for this event, as do the race organizers. There is never a question of where to turn, everything is clearly marked, and all that’s left to do at the end of the day (or the middle of the night) is run. 216 miles from the start at Diamond Lake Resort, to the finish at Riverbend Park in Bend.
This year’s event brought FREE BEER from 10 Barrel Brewing at Exchange Point #33 (a 6-pack for each van), a new race app (that still has some kinks due to the lack of cell coverage), and many more fun perks from event organizers.
Where running is usually an individual sport, relays are truly a “team” effort, as no one comes away feeling like they are responsible for the entire 216 miles. This was most definitely another successful year for Cascade Lakes Relay. Congrats to all the teams who crossed the finish line!
Running on country roads.
Vans, vans, everywhere vans.