Thursday, March 6, 2008

2008 USATF 100k Trail Running Championships

USA Track and Field, the Willamette Pass Ski Patrol and Sunsweet Growers, Inc. Presents 2008 100 Kilometer U.S. Championship Running Race- Registration is now open!

Sunsweet Growers Inc., the Willamette Pass Ski Resort, the City of Oakridge, and Team Sunsweet Ultrarunning are pleased to announce the U.S.A Track and Field selection of the Where’s Waldo 100K at Willamette Pass, Oregon as the 2008 Open and Masters National 100K Trailrunning Championship.

As the U.S. National Championship, the 7th edition of Where’s Waldo on August 16, 2008 is expected to draw the top long-distance runners in the United States to compete for a minimum of $7,000 in cash presented by Sunsweet Growers Inc, the City of Oakridge, and other sponsors.

Since it’s inception, the Where’s Waldo race at Willamette Pass has received rave reviews from runners for its scenery and difficulty.

The 100 kilometer (62+ miles) course summits Mt Fuji, The Twins, and Maiden Peak along with numerous other smaller climbs for a total elevation gain of about 12,000 feet. The course provides excellent views of Central Oregon including the spectacular Waldo Lake. Craig Thornley, Co-Race Director and Team Sunsweet runner from Eugene, OR – “After the first year we knew we had a course and infrastructure that was worthy of a national championship. 6 years later here we are.” Randy Dreiling, Executive Director of the Oakridge/Westfir Chamber of Commerce - “It is a great honor for Where’s Waldo to be selected as a National Championship race, and Oakridge is looking forward to hosting the top long distance runners in the U.S.”

For more information or to register, visit the race website at, or contact the following individuals directly:
Race Director: Craig Thornley- 541-686-6580 or
Race Director: Curt Ringstad- 541-388-4740 or
Elite Athlete Coordinator: Alan Abbs- 530-529-9759 or
Oakridge Chamber of Commerce: Randy Dreiling- 541-782-4146

Proceeds from the race support the Willamette Pass Ski Patrol which is part of the National Ski Patrol System.