Tuesday, August 10, 2010

2010 Mt Ashland Hillclimb - Results & Post Race Wrap-up

Race Director Torsten Heycke and his crew put on a great 33rd edition of the ever popular Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Run.  The 13.3 mile race climbs 5600' from Lithia Park to the summit of Mt. Ashland.  This year Bend speedster and newly minted member of the US Mountain Running Team Max King broke the course record set back in 1982.  Here are post event comments from the race director:

By now you may have seen results in the Medford Mail Tribune or online. We enjoyed great weather and fast(er) times. Max King set a new course record of 1 hour, 41 minutes, 50 seconds. Many of you had personal bests.

Andy Atkinson photos from the race are now up. The early photos show that Max King doesn't so much run as float up the hill.

It's fun to see people from far and wide participating in this event--Vermont, Utah, Hawaii, Massachusetts--and yet it's equally gratifying to see lots of local faces. This remains a community event. We have many locals who participate each year; Larry Zowada ran in the first hill climb back in 1978 and is still running.

By the way, if you have old results, we'd be interested in them.

Sponsors and Volunteers
To pull this event off requires considerable help from a lot of people. We enjoyed the assistance of 36 volunteers. Additionally, we enjoyed the stalwart support of the folks at Standing Stone Brewing Company, notably Alex Amarotico (who, by the way, ran on Saturday with no training). We thank the folks at Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy, who gave us, among other things, the BPA-free water bottles (remember to take out the paper from inside them before you use them!). And, of course, Rogue Valley Runners pitched in as usual. Thank them for the $600 worth of GPS watches given as random draw prizes. Dagoba Chocolate came through again as well.

More spots next year.
We filled up extremely early this year and many people could not enter who wanted to. The Forest Service has tentatively granted us the right to expand next year and we will to some degree.

You can help make this event better.
We are exploring ways to improve this event. You can help by participating in a really quick survey (takes a minute or two). Two people will be randomly chosen from survey takers (who leave us optional contact information) for prizes (gift certificates to Apple Cellar bakery). You have through August 23rd to participate.

Thanks and see you next year,
The Mt A minions


You can find a great first hand account of the race by Dave Dunham.  
Dave finished 2nd at the World Mountain Running Championships in Gap, France and has been a multiple winner of the Mt. Washington Road Race.


T's Bees said...

Thank you for organizing the Oregon hill climb series these last several years. Lots of fun.

Now that you have defected to that nether state, don't forget your "higher" origins.

Who is that guy in the white?


That is "The Stig" from the UK's popular television automobile show:
He's actually a 10" tall body wash bottle - it was a gag gift from a friend who was in London recently.