Monday, September 14, 2009
Xterra Wrap up!
Sunday, September 13th marked the 2nd Trail 1/2 Marathon Championship right here in beautiful Bend. For us at the shop, it was the finale of our Trail 101 running course. For the previous 8 weeks, we had a group of 60+ runners who had been having a blast (most of the time) tackling some of of our favorite trails around Bend. Once again, it has been just plain awesome to see the progression of the runners in our programs. From week 1, when they were thinking the "1st Street Rapids Trail" was tough to week 8 as we tackled some trails near Tumalo Falls.. they had become seasoned trail runners.
I goofed on race day as I thought both races passed Entrada Lodge (aka, the ghost hotel). However, only the 1/2 marathon passed through. I grabbed a few pictures in between losing my voice while cheering on all the runners. All in all, it was a great day and I felt like a proud papa watching all of our runners take on the trails. Congrats to everyone who toed the line and put forth the effort.
After having a few beers with some of our runners at the Xterra party at Bend Brewing Company, I am already excited to offer this program again next Spring!