Monday, April 27, 2009
Larison Rock Hill Climb - Race Preview
The La Sportiva / USATF Oregon Mountain Running Series kicks off this weekend in Oakridge with the Larison Rock Hill Climb. If you're not running the Eugene Marathon or are just looking for a more managable challenge than this race is for you. Tucked in the scenic foothills of the central Oregon Cascade mountains, Oakridge will be the starting point for the race. This will be an uphill trail race beginning in Greenwaters Park and climbing 2300' to Larison Rd.
According to race director Catrina Davis, "Preparations are coming right along, we have volunteers in place and we are ready for a good event! Historically we have had 20-25 runners and walkers for the Salmon Run & Walk, since it is our first year with the Oregon Mtn. Running Series I expect to have 30-40 runners (including the great Ron Hebert) between the two events, hopefully more!"
Wondering what it's like this time of year in Oakridge? Spring has sprung and both courses are in full bloom with race day predicted to be 64 degrees and 30% chance of rain - perfect running weather. With residual snow down to 2800', expect to see a little snow in the woods along the top of the hill climb course.
Where's Waldo 100k co-race director Alan Abbs says that Ashland area runners Ian Torrance and Erik Skaggs are planning to attand the race. Ian was one of only 2 runners who finished all 4 races in the 2008 Oregon Mountain Running Series. Erik won 2 races in the 2008 series and will likely establish a tough to beat course record on Saturday.
After the race be sure to stick around for the pancake breakfast or get into the Willamette Mountain Exchange to buy some great outdoor gear. You can also visit the Brewers Union 180 pub to recharge your carbs (food and beer). Make a weekend out of your visit to Oakridge and enjoy the 56th Annual Tree Planting Festival, see the parade after the race or the street fair, mini Olympics for the kids or some demos happening throughout the day.
Finally, be sure to register before this Thursday night at midnight on Active.com.