2014 Stagecoach Run
With the leaves turning in Jacksonville we had a great turnout for the 2014 running of the Stagecoach run. Weather in October can be a mixed bag but today we were blessed with nice warm weather and no rain. The large field of runners enjoyed the course's rolling hills and the views of the Rogue Valley. For a list of the race results go HERE.
Photo by: Terry Croft
Longest Day Run
Easton Raber showing off the trophy he won that was donated by People's Bank.
Last night we held the Longest Day Run. What a great celebration for the Longest Day. Some of you may not realize that the Southern Oregon Runners is such a family focused organization. It's our goal to put on as many family friendly events as we possibly can. We already have some of the lowest cost running events throughout the entire U.S. but we have now lowered the rate for youth entries again. We are going to allow youths 17 and under to register for our running events for just $7.00.
If you didn't get a chance to come out for last nights event you really need to put it on your calendar for next year. Race director Charles Hodge has turned this event into an amazing celebration! After your run you are treated to pizza, watermelon, cookies, and chocolates. Sponsor People's Bank provided trophies for every age group. That included first, second, and third place. The runners usually hang out in the park until almost dark enjoying the feast. All of that and we also donated part of the proceeds to Friends of the Animal Shelter. .
Oh yeah, we had a run too! The results are posted here.
Run the Ditch Trail 5/10 Miler
Brian Johnson and Victoria Haynes enjoying the start of the Run the Ditch Trail Run.
For the third year race directors Seth Weintraub and Steve Goldman have delivered one of the most beautiful trail runs in Southern Oregon. The course starts with about a half mile run down a scenic dirt road and then turns for a mile long climb up the Bear Gulch ravine. After your hard work you are treated to some sweet single track trail that at times has vistas of the entire valley below. We had great weather and you could see for many miles. Several miles of relatively flat running on the Sterling Mine Ditch brings you to a fork in the trail. If you are running the 5 mile run you can turn right and bomb down the Tunnel Ridge ravine to the finish line below. There are parts of the Sterling Mine Ditch that run through private property and the property owners have not given permission for people hiking the ditch trail to come through their property and the trail has been rerouted. The 10 milers will begin a lengthy climb up and over some of that private property and then back down to the ditch trail. At the final trailhead they turn onto a dirt road and race mostly downhill back to the finish line.
If you haven’t done this race it’s definitely one to put on your list for next year! The results can be found here.
Lost Creek Trail Runs -- April 26, 2014
Perfect weather for a run at the lake.
Big thanks to all the volunteers and participants that made the 3rd annual LCTR a success. We had 274 finishers. 111 30k, 109 5k and 28 relay teams. It was a little chilly early on but warmed up nice with the rain holding off until late Saturday evening. The 30k open was won by Korey Konga in a 2:03:44 and Becka Kem in a 2:13:30. The 30k masters were Mark Loewenstein in a 2:14:21 and Lorelei Phillips in a 2:48:08. The 5k champs. were Justin Rosas in a 20:18 and Taryn Dance in a 24:36. We had a 12 and under division in the 5k as well that was won by Easton Raber in a 29:05 and Taryn Dance in a 24:36. New this year was a two person 30k relay that was won by Nathan and Amy Stroh in a 2:32:38. Congratulations to all the finishers. Over 2,000 photos on the Lost Creek Trail Runs Facebook page. See you all next year.
Tyrone & Laura Raber
Monday afternoon evenings at the Britt Woodlands
Now that daylight savings time is upon us (as of March 9), our weekly Britt Woodlands trail runs will move from Sunday at 3 to Monday at 6 p.m. starting on March 10. Come join your fellow S.O.R. members and get ready for the annual Britt Firehouse 10k on July 12.
Rogue River Half & Alyssa Watson Memorial 5k
by Stan Goodell, outgoing race co-director
We had a record number entrants this year—270 including the kids' mile run which was a success. The main highlight of the race would be the weather: after two straight days of solid rain, the forecast called for heavy rain/high wind warnings for Southern Oregon on Saturday morning, yet we had temps of 55 degrees, some sun and not a single drop of rain during the entire event. Dutch Bros. coffee was on hand during the entire event and offered coffee drinks free of charge to runners and spectators. Dutch Bros. also donated shirts to all runners and volunteers in the event. In the racing category the outstanding runners of the day would have to go to overall winners in the half marathon, a pair of Ashland residents, 35 year old Brian Janes (1:15:43) and 32 year old Becka Kem (1:22:34). Perhaps the most outstanding performance of the day came from 60 year old Grants Pass resident, Bruce Stowell who ran a (1:27:36) in the half marathon to easily win his age group and set a course record. And last but not least after nine years of being race directors Bob Vaughn and myself are stepping down. The SOR club is currently looking for anyone interested in taking over the event for next year.
Great job, Stan Goodell & Bob Vaughan for 9 great years directing this Rogue River race!
Photo by Larry Hunt
Couple Truffle Shuffle
The Couple Truffle Shuffle enjoyed a monumental downpour that couldn't impede a running party from breaking out in celebration of the Valentines holiday. A little over 160 finishers came out despite the rain and enjoyed a modified course that was challenging and exciting! The 5k relay was won by Tyler Davis and Zack Hibbs with Anne Hagy and Bradley Taylor being the fastest couple. The 10k relay, a new addition, was won by Frank Gray and Lynn Longan. Our Singles Mingle, where all 10k solo runners were paired up with a stranger was won by Janelle Ralph and Becka Kem. Fastest 10k was Brian Janes and fastest 5k was Bradley Taylor. First-time CTS race director and new Southern Oregon Runners President, Justin Rosas, went all out in putting together this edition of CTS. Way to go, Justin! For results, click here.
2014 Frostbite Run
Big turnout for the Frostbite Run Saturday. First time race director Daniel Newberry did an amazing job. The event was well planned and delivered a fun time to all who attended. There were 82 5k finishers and 82 10k finishers (including 2 wheelchair athletes). Sun, rain, and wind all in one race. Results are posted here.
SOR President Justin Rosas chasing a smiling Alison Burke.
2013 Turkey Trot
This year we were blessed with amazing weather. In a lot of the pictures it looked like a summer day. There was a record turnout. Nearly 1,100 participants ran in the event this year. Results can be found HERE! Photos can be found HERE!
Pioneer Run 2013
Michele Holcomb set a new 5k course record for females on a glorious race day for the Pioneer Road Run. With a time of 18:21 she beat the previous record set in 2001 by Rosa Gutierrez by 8 seconds. Top male in the 5k was Trevor Palmer with a time of 15:03 – just 4 seconds short of breaking the course record he set in 2011. The Lance Tooke Memorial Trophies went to top High School runners Randy Mena of Phoenix HS and Kali Curtis of South Medford HS. In the 9 mile run, Vicki Boyer was the first female finisher with a time of 1:00:27, and Justin Gindlesperger was the first male with a time of 50:59. Brian Lee Rose was the top hand cycle finisher in the 9 mile race.
Michelle Holcomb on her way to setting a course record!
Results can be found here.
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2013 Stagecoach run is in the bag. Great weather brought fast times. Results and pictures can be found here.
Cross Country Series Race #2
The smoke finally cooperated and the race was on! Under beautiful skies a big group ran through the park on the challenging Cross Country Series course. Results and photos are posted here.
The Rogue Valley 100 km relay race returns on August 31, but now with a 50 km alternative, including a special high school division. For more information, visit http://roguevalleyrelay.com