Hey y’all – we’ve got a bit to cover. As you probably heard, Max King qualified for his spot in the marathon Olympic Trials next year, running a smokin’ fast 2:17:32, and placing 9th overall at the L.A. Marathon last month. He’ll be representing Bend again at Lake Sonoma 50-mile ultra this weekend – going up against another local elite, Ryan Bak. This will be Ryan’s first 50-miler, and we wish them both the best of luck. Listen to Max’s pre-race interview with Ultrarunnerpodcast.com here.
Competing in the women’s race, Bend’s own Stephanie Howe will be running for the win, along with Denise Bourassa – one of Picky Bars newest sponsored athletes!
Almost two weeks ago was the Gorge Waterfalls 100K / 50K race weekend. Bend had quite a participation at the 100K – a Montrail Ultra Cup event. This meant that the top two men and women finishers all received tickets to Western States. Bendites who finished include Jeff Browning taking 7th overall, finishing in 10:26. Also:
- Brandon Flanagan – 13:23
- Rhonda Sundermeier – 13:50
- Saulius Eidukas – 14:14
These folks are hard core as this is a tough out and back course, with 12,000 feet of elevation gain.
50K-ers from Bend include:
- Kevney Dugan – 5:39
- Luke Larsen – 6:24
- Siiri Berg – 6:32
- Emily Feenstra – 6:57
- Amy Clark – 6:58
We were there covering Saturday’s race for USL.tv (check out our archived race footage here), and then running on Sunday. We enjoyed not only seeing the runners, but how well Bend was represented in the race, as well as volunteers, spectators and pacers. Lots of amazing folks to watch and cheer on. Here are some photos of the falls and runners…
Ginger Runner (Ethan Newberry) chasing after lead pack runner Bob Shebest
We wrote a recent blog post for Stridebox about our 50K experience – you can check it out here. Speaking of Stridebox – we’ll be doing a GIVEAWAY in the next day or two, so make sure to check back for details.
Thanks for hanging with us folks, we promise more good stuff to come as race season swings into full gear.