Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Pine to Palm 100
This may not seem like much, but to those of you asking where the "Palm" comes from, now you have it. This one, probably the largest we could find in Ashland, is just a block off main street where dozens of the warm weather species used to greet visitors.
Around the turn of the century, Ashland developers wanted to promote the town as a mineral water spa area, like Saratoga or Carlsbad. The idea was to develop the city-owned land in Ashland Creek Canyon as a commercial resort. Money and business interests liked their vision and Southern Pacific Railroad Company backed the resort idea as a way to bring more tourism to the West.
The City of Ashland captured its abundant botanical heritage in its motto, “Where the palms meet the pines.” Only thirteen other regions on the planet offer greater species diversity than found in the Siskiyous.
Most of the Palm trees may be gone now, but Rogue Valley Runners is interested in bringing folks back to the area for exactly the same reason. For by the time you arrive in Ashland, via the 100 mile Pine to Palm route, rest and relaxation will be all that you are doing.
It will be an arduous journey, but it is time to start thinking about the inaugural Pine to Palm 100 Mile Endurance Run.
This September, 200 runners will traverse the Siskiyous on a mixture of dirt road, two-track and single-track with delightful views of Mt. Shasta and Mt McLaughlin. 20,000ft of climb and descent await the optimistic and will test the weary, in the end we promise a diverse course and a fantastic weekend. This vision is the accumulation of a number of folks; the countless hours of volunteering, race directing and just plain running will come together to give you a scenic tour of a special region many of us call home.
So are you ready? Register here.
Help the Haitian Relief Effort
Register during the month of January and $5 from your entry fee will be donated to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund.
There will be many updates along the way, but now we have you thinking, and hopefully running.