Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Trail Bandit Series

Fleet Feet is proud to announce our monthly “Trail Bandit” series. These are trail runs that will hopefully introduce people to some new trails in the area and get you off of the “same old trails” that we find ourselves running all the time. There is no fee for these trail runs. And, while they are not technically “races”, we will time the runs, add a trail marker or two so you don’t get lost, have some water and electrolyte drink for ya if the distance warrants it, and throw in a few prizes, not necessarily for the fastest runner. We’ll also post the times on our website the day after the event.

These are definitely no fee, pure fun events. So bring your sense of adventure, some sturdy shoes, and get ready for a good time with good people.

Event #1, Shevlin Creek Crunch:
This run starts from the dirt road off of Skyliners Drive that circles Shevlin Park. This run could be labeled “heaven and hell.” We will start by climbing a quick dirt road and jumping on the Mrazek Trail (think Heaven). This is a nice mellow uphill trail that will head up about 4 miles until our aid station and then we’ll send you back via the Shevlin Creek trail. This trail is as tough as Central Oregon has to offer. Roots, rocks, downed trees, this is REAL trail running. After 4 miles (trust me, you’ll have enough) you’ll finish back up where you started. We’ll then have our elaborate awards ceremony (can you sense the sarcasm) and you’ll have have seen some great trails along the way.
TIME: 8:00 a.m., Sunday, May 11th (don’t worry, you can still get mom breakfast afterwards)

Directions to the start: Head west on Galveston from the flaming chicken. At the roundabout at Mt. Washington, continue straight (Galveston turns to Skyliner). After 2.5 miles, make a right on a gravel road (there is a brown hike/bike sign). Then, after 100 yards or so, make your first left hand turn onto another gravel road and follow this gravel road for 1.4 miles. Once you cross a bridge, park on the right hand side of the road.
Summer Bandit Trail Series Schedule:
May 11
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 14

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