Thursday, September 16, 2010
Pine to Palm, On Your Mark!
The inaugural Pine to Palm 100 Mile Endurance Run is set to run this Saturday at 6 am in Williams, Or. For those of you with patience we have a webcast set up and will do everything possible to make the entries timely and thorough.
There has been much talk about the race, suffice it to say the only thing I really care about is that the 150 some starters make it all the way to Ashland before 4 pm on Sunday the 18th. We have extensively carried out a course marking plan that will guide everyone, undoubtedly, through the the Siskiyous safely and without hesitation. We have 15 aid stations that will be headed by some of the most competent ultra runners, race directors and enthusiasts in Oregon, not to mention the country. I hope everyone remembers to thank them for making this event possible.
We will have a few vans to bring people back to Williams after the awards at 4 on Sunday. Please remember this is an ultra, runners putting on events for runners, so we are a family and community making sure that everyone is accounted for and taken care of.
There was a write-up in the Mail Tribune this morning and I want to share it with you as it does highlight the amazing biodiversity of the region. I want to remind everyone that the event takes place almost entirely in the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest, that being said we need to be aware of the many species of plants and animals that must go undisturbed. Please take caution when arriving at aid stations and moving about, there are many unseen unique flowers that must go on unharmed for this race to continue. Same goes for runners on the course. This is also hunting season for ground birds and bow hunters so be aware of their use in these mountains as well. I am hoping the forecast for poor weather will have a limiting effect on the number of these enthusiasts.
The weather, although it is Oregon I don't think rain will be much of a factor for both days. I would plan for cooler temps and clouds, but as weather cells move through the region they don't have much bang this time of year. Keep an eye on the weather here.
Lastly, for those of you interested in cheering on participants and finishers please make your way to Pioneer Hall between the hours of 11pm Saturday for the first finishers and 6am Sunday for sub 24 hours finishers and around 2pm on Sunday for those warriors at the back of the pack.
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See you soon!