Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wild Idaho Fifty Mile/Fifty Kilometer Endurance Run

Our neighbor to the East has a challenging 50 mile / 50k trail race on tap for August 7, 2010. You can find more information on the Wild Idaho Endurance Run website including race maps, photos and a race discussion group. Mark you calendar - it's only a 9 hour drive from Portland!

Race Director
Ben Blessing

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

USA Trail Marathon Championships - Photos

Photos of the USA Trail Marathon Championships & Lithia Loop Trail Marathon have now been posted at:

You can also find the official championship results on the USATF website at:

Pictured - Todd Ragsdale (as the "The Fat Author") and newly minted Trail Marathon Champion Max King.

USA Trail Marathon Championships - Results

The 2nd Annual Lithia Loop Trail Marathon and USA Trail Marathon Championships took place this past Saturday in Ashland. The big story was Max King taking the victory only one week after running a 2:19:11 at the ING New York City Marathon. See the following links for more info:

Post race story by the Rogue Valley Runners:

Race results and comments by the Rogue Valley Runners:

News article from the Mail Tribune:

The official race results:

Links to race photos and complete USATF results coming soon.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Southern Oregon hosts 2009 USA Track & Field Trail Marathon Championships


Runners can expect much more than the standard marathon “bonk” at this year’s USA Track & Field Trail Marathon Championships. Runners will face an initial eight-mile, 3,200-foot ascent through the steep Siskiyou Mountains that shadow the southern Oregon town of Ashland. The trails and fire roads do flatten out for twelve miles in the middle of the race but maintaining pace may become difficult at the oxygen deprived 5,000 foot level. The final six miles and 3,000 feet of descent will test even the strongest of quads as runners descend on technical single track to the race’s finish at Ashland’s town center, Lithia Park.

Championship prize monies totaling $6000 will be awarded to the top five USA Track & Field male and female finishers as well as the top three USA Track & Field male and female masters finishers.

Last year’s Lithia Loop Trail Marathon winner, Jeff Caba (Bend, OR), is returning to defend his title. Sporting a 2:31:12 at this year’s Twin Cities Marathon, Caba will defend his title against his fellow training partner Andy Martin (Bend, OR). Martin ran a 2:25:46 at Twin Cities, and is no stranger to the trails as his team placed second at this year’s six-day Gore-Tex Trans-Rockies Race.

Chasing these gentlemen will be Thomas Brooks (Eugene, OR) who placed third in the steeple at the 2007 USA Track & Field Championships with a time of 8:27.34. Aaron Saft (Fletcher, NC) who won the 2007 USAT&F Trail Marathon Championships in 2:30:53. Phil Kochik (Seattle, WA) who won the 2004 USAT&F 50 Mile Trail Championships. Mark Godale (Aurora, OH) who sports personal records of 2:30 in the marathon, 3:17 in the 50 kilometer and 7:08 in the 100 kilometer distance.

In the women’s race, the two race favorites are Devon Crosby-Helms (Sausalito, CA) and Krissy Moehl (Seattle, WA). Crosby-Helms brings with her a time of 2:49:50 at the 2008 California International Marathon and a 2:53:20 at this year’s Boston Marathon. She also has wins at the 2008 Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run and this year’s Vermont 50 Mile Run. Moehl hopes to cap a stellar year which includes a victory in France’s 103-mile Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and her runner-up position at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.

Also heating up is the competition for the men’s master’s title. Dan Verrington (Bradford, MA) ran a 3:25:22 at this year’s USAT&F 50 Kilometer Championships. Verrington will be chased by his fellow club mate (Central Mass Striders) Dave Dunham (Bradford, MA) who finished runner-up in the 2001 JFK 50 Mile and 2001 USAT&F 50 Mile Trail Championships. Greg McMillan (Flagstaff, AZ), of McMillan Elite, will vie for the title as well, as he sports a personal record of 2:31:58 in the marathon.

Race Directors:
Hal Koerner & Ian Torrence
Rogue Valley Runners
(541) 201-0014
2009 USA Track & Field Trail Marathon Championships
Lithia Loop Trail Marathon
Ashland, Oregon
November 7, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trail phenom Max King runs 2:19:11 at NYC Marathon

2008 & 2009 Xterra Trail Running National Champion Max King (Bend, OR) finished 18th at the ING New York City Marathon in a time of 2:19:11. Max (pictured) has entered next weekends USA Trail Marathon Championships (Lithia Loop Trail Marathon) in Ashland. Nice job Max - good luck next weekend.

Also finishing well at the NYC Marathon was Mike Sayenko (Bellevue, WA) - 14th - 2:16:38. Mike finished 8th at the 2008 USA Mountain Running Championship at Mt. Washington.