One of my best hooks?
This post does not concern the nature of spiral nebulae and the size of the universe. It's not even an ode to the director /actor driven drama starring Denzel Washington, although I love me a good underdog story. This entry is a testament to the ultra-running prowess of the little hamlet I call home. Ripe with some 20,000 residents, there is not a single city in the the country that fills entrant lists faster per capita, I'm willing to bet at least one RVR visor on it.
So thank you Boulder and Seattle but, um, no thank you. It was a valiant effort Bozeman and Flagstaff, you even had Chattanooga bringing up the rear for a spell. Alas none of you managed more sub 24 hour buckles at WS in 2010, nope not even close Just imagine what could have been had the two time defending champ finished, trust me we're still imagining that!
|Easily the best field ever assembled at Fairhaven Park. Glenn Tachiyama|
So it has been no surprise to find Ashland, OR atop the results at this years biggest races. Case in point, last weekends Chuckanut 50k where Erik Skaggs, Timothy Olson, and Jenn Shelton ran out of their minds to finish 3rd, 5th and 2nd respectively. What about the week before at the Way too Cool 50k? Again, Timothy Olson finishing 4th and the man with the visor 5th. Shout outs to Shahid Ali, Brad Noyes, Darrin Bolz, Robert Shannon, and Jennifer Callans on thier performances at the Way too Cool 50k too! The two biggest 50ks of the year (so far) and only two runners from CO in the top five of both races. What's happening to these athletically affluent states?
|In front of Timothy for a time, feet barely in the air.|
Things aren't changing anytime soon either.
Next weekend is the Lake Sonoma 50 and it's going to be stacked with Rogue Runners. This event, in it's 4th year, has become one of the most hotly contested races on the west coast filling months in advance of it's event date. This year some 240 runners will tackle the out and back course along the banks of Lake Sonoma, submerging themselves in almost a dozen stream crossings with temperatures in the upper 70's. Of those starters, here's our contigent;
Obviously my tongue in cheek intro kept some of you reading and well now you know that my blogs are always a work in progress and this one could mostly be defined as in jest, you certainly wouldn't want to define it as much else anyways. I conclude, however, with admiration for an amazing work ethic towards those runners stepping out of the norm while keeping steadfast stride after stride after stride. Best of luck to everyone this weekend from Ashland and wherever you may roam.