Friday, August 16, 2013

The 2013 Timberline Mt Run, with its updated 6.97 mile course, was a great success.

David Laney took the men's race at 50:10, after winning the Ashland Hill Climb the day before. This seals his lead in the La Sportiva 2013 USATF Oregon Mountain Running Series, which includes the Ashland Hill Climb and the Timberline Mt Run. The first three finishers, David Laney, Ryan Ghelfi, and TJ Hooks, are all from Ashland, and made the 6-hour drive to Mt Hood Sunday morning. 

Male and female winners of each race in the Series (who are members of USATF) get $100 cash and a pair of Sportivas; you just need to sign up with USATF Oregon before the race. Annual membership is inexpensive, and you can usually sign up the day of the race. Rumor has it USATF Oregon MUT Director Robert Yerex has something special planned for the Insane Double Mountain members who competed in both the Ashland Hill Climb and the Timberline Mt Run. 

The top three guys from Ashland were not, however, entered in the Mountain Running Team Championships, as each team needs to have at least one female member. That brings us to Fourth and Fifth place, with Eric Dolezal earning 9 points for Oregon Active and Thomas Ferrell earning 7 points for Team X-Dog. Don Gallogly took Sixth overall with a time of 59:33, beating out Mike Tyler for the Masters' spot and securing his lead in the Series in the Masters' competition. 

 Mike Tyler's Ninth overall spot earned 5 points for Team X-Dog, and the Female Champion, Molly McCluskey, came in at 1:02:28 to grab 3 points for Oregon Active. Molly, a repeat champion of the women's race, competed after organizing the Hybrid Adventure Games the previous day. Molly and Devin led their team up the mountain Sunday morning after competing in the Urban Decathlon Saturday.  

Shanda Button came in Eleventh overall, netting a Second Place finish in the women's race, plus 2 points for Team X-Dog. Johannah Ludington finished Fourteenth overall, walking away with the Third Place trophy. 

The Team Competition also featured Team Caffeine, the Mountain Milers, and Team Sloth, but the win came down to the number of members beyond fifth place earning another point every time they crossed the line. It was close, but Team X-Dog came out ahead, besting the 2012 Team Champion Oregon Active. 

We want to thank all the participants for coming out and making this the best year ever. We had nine different states represented, including Team Caffeine from Houston, Texas, and Kathryn from Beacon, New York, who each went home with a pound of freshly-roasted coffee courtesy of Small Town Roasters. Thanks also to Back in Motion, and to Timberline Lodge for providing such a great venue. Also, Ricky Hower and Kris Plew at Timberline Lodge put up a temporary fix on the stairway banister just for us, so we could have easy access to the upstairs patio. That's great service!

Many thanks goes out to our Crew, starring Tom, Sam, Stacey, Ben, Andrew, Kriss, Heather, Doug, Mark, Kalvi, Eric, and most of all Kevin. Kevin came up with the original course as an X-Dog event back in 2008 as the NW Mountain Running Championships / Great NW Mt Run. It no longer fit in the X-Dog schedule, but it was one of his favorite courses (and ours, too!) and he didn't want to see it go away. So we took over the event for him in 2012 as a Timberline Trail Running Club event, renaming it the Timberline Mt Run. Kevin has helped with logistics, and set and cleared a good part of the race for the past two years, so it wouldn't have been possible without him. 

We also want to thank Oregon Active for their continuing support. They're a great not-for-profit organization that provides adventure while helping out those in need. They not only bring a competitive team up to compete in the race, they also provide volunteers to man the aid stations on the course. They're our official race beneficiary, and it's great to work with them. When one of their largest events, the Hybrid Adventure Games, had to be moved to a different location and date, they still pulled through, put on a great event, and made it up to the mountain the next day to join in and help out.

Check out the full results here, and remember our next race (the last race in the La Sportiva 2013 USATF Oregon Mountain Running Series,) is the Multnomah Falls Trail Run. And if you think you might win the overall male or female race, make sure you're a member of USATF in order to qualify for extra prizes!

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