Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lithia Loop Marathon Update - USA Trail Marathon Championship

From The Rogue Valley Runners:

Hello Runners,

We are gaining steam as we head into the homestretch for the 2nd annual Lithia Loop Trail Marathon.

USATF Championships
We are very excited to announce that we are the 2009/2010 USATF Marathon Trail Championships. Championship prize monies totaling $6000 will be awarded to the top 5 male and female finishers as well as the top 3 male and female masters finishers. Money and medals will be awarded to those current USATF members. Registration is available at and will be available at registration on Friday. Please bring cash or check.

Guest Speaker
Rogue Valley Runners is proud to present coach Greg McMillian, , as our guest speaker. A runner, exercise scientist, USATF-certified coach and senior writer for Running Times who has the unique ability to combine the science of endurance performance with the art of real-world coaching. His latest accomplishments include;

o Fourteen Top 10 Finishes in US National Championships
o Nine US National Teams
o Seven Top 5 Finishes in US National Championships
o One National Champion - Brett Gotcher

as well as

Coached athletes in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials
Coached athletes in the 2001, 2003 and 2005 World Track and Field Championships
Coached athlete in the 2003 Pan American Games
Coached 2002 National Marathon Champion - Jill Gaitenby
Coach of 2005 Houston Marathon Champion - Kelly Keane
Coach of 2005 Marine Corps Marathon Runner Up - Carl Rundell

His pre-race lecture will be at 5:30 on Friday at Rogue Valley Runners.

If you were here last year you remember the great soup and burritos. Russ and Renee are back this year and will
warm you up after your time on the trails with their great post race feed.

In addition, Chozu,, will be your post-race VIP party headquarters.

We will have one more update next week guaranteeing wonderful weather for your marathon.

Hal Koerner (pictured above)
Ian Torrence

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Donald Gallogly wins spot on the 2010 La Sportiva Mountain Running Team

After becoming the top master in the 2009 La Sportiva / USATF-Oregon Mountain Running Series, Donald Gallogly (Corvallis, OR) has earned a spot on the 2010 La Sportiva Mountain Running Team. Don completed 4 of the 5 races in the series and finished 2nd overall behind Ian Torrence (Ashland, OR). Congrats Don!!

Every USATF member who scored in the 2009 series won a free pair of trail running shoes from La Sportiva. Gift certificates were mailed out this week to:

Name Age Group Sex City TOTAL
Ian Torrence 0 - 39 (Open) M Ashland, OR 349.12
DON GALLOGLY 40 - 49 M Corvallis, OR 314.64
Erik Skaggs 0 - 39 (Open) M Ashland, OR 296.40
Jenn Shelton 0 - 39 (Open) F Ashland, OR 154.89
Chuck Whiteley 50 - 59 M Medford, OR 119.69
Max King 0 - 39 (Open) M Bend, OR 100.00
Joe Gray 0 - 39 (Open) M Lakewood, WA 100.00
Hal Koerner 0 - 39 (Open) M Ashland, OR 90.11
Richard Bolt 0 - 39 (Open) M Portland, OR 90.00
Susanna Beck 40 - 49 F Eugene, OR 77.49
Bill Montgomery 40 - 49 M Eugene, OR 72.60
Megan Arbogast 40 - 49 F Corvallis, OR 72.27
Mike Davis 40 - 49 M Talent, OR 67.64
Scott Abrams 50 - 59 M La Pine, OR 67.42
Tyler Jones 0 - 39 (Open) M Bend, OR 60.62
Dusty Miller 60 - 69 M Mt. Shasta, CA 54.50
Nick Campbell 40 - 49 M Sunriver, OR 53.91

Congratulations to all the runners who participated. Hope to see you at the 2010 Oregon Mountain Running Series! Thanks to the generous support of La Sportiva and USATF-Oregon, the top man and woman at each race will win a free pair of trail shoes. There will also be $1500 is cash prizes distributed during the 2010 series - nice!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

200 attend Birds of a Feather race for Erik Skaggs

Over 200 runners came to Lithia Park in downtown Ashland to support hometown hero and 100k Trail Running National Champion Erik Skaggs. Erik suffered acute renal failure after setting the course record at the Where's Waldo 100k at Willamette Pass, OR this past August. Read the full story and get Birds of a Feather race results at: