Thursday, November 13, 2008

Road Trip Racing

A handful of central Oregonians hit the road (or sky) last weekend for a bit of racing in lands far, far away (well, at least for the one that hit the sky).

Kami Semick, featured speaker at our Marathon Night a few weeks ago, hammered out an impressive 2nd place at the World Championship 100k in Tuscania, Italy. She finished in 7:33:58, which translates into a blazing 7:18 per mile for 62.2 miles. That's fast! She also helped the US women to a second place finish in the team race. For her tremendous run, Kami was then named USATF's Athlete of the Week. Congratulations, Kami! We're very proud of you.

Road tripping down to Ashland for the weekend to participate in Rogue Valley Runners' inaugural Lithia Loop Trail Marathon were locals Katie Caba, Jeff Caba, Krissy Moehl, and Sean Meissner. Jeff took the lead about the 1/2 mile mark and never looked back, winning and establishing an impressive course record in a mighty fine time of 2:47:31. Chasing Jeff all day, but coming up short, was Sean, who managed 2nd in 2:53:09. On the girl's side, Katie, the better looking Caba, ran strong over the entire course, posting a solid 2nd place in 3:09:26. Moving down in distance and course technicality, Krissy Moehl proved she's an all-around trail runner, posting a solid 3:24:54 for 7th girl. Krissy was all smiles at the finish with her new marathon p.r.!

Ian and Hal really know how to put on a great event. Lithia is challenging - it has 4,700' of climbing and descending, beautiful, has great volunteers and aid stations, and the post-race meal was delicious. If you're looking for an excuse to road trip to Ashland next November, I highly recommend using the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon as that excuse. You'll come home with sore quads, a great t-shirt, and great memories of a great event!

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