Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Horse Butte 08 recap

Pics= Before race, after race, Andy and Kristen running fast

Here is a recap of the 2008 FootZone Horse Butte 10 miler that happened this past Sunday, April 6th.
It was a classic Central Oregon spring day. It started out Sunny and beautiful with sunny skies and no wind. With about twenty minutes to race start in comes some clouds that dumped a dusting of snow on the ground backed by a strong wind making it even colder. About 10 minutes after the start the skies cleared and it was a great day to be running out east of town. Thankfully the sun graced us with it’s presence for the next few hours and the wind stayed away so all could enjoy some post race cheer courtesy of Nancy P’s, Oregon County Beef, and Deschutes Brewery.
The race itself was completed by 163 people, our biggest ever. I know this is a relatively small race but it was never meant to be anything more than a cool race early in the year to kick of the trail race season in Central Oregon. Anyway the day brought some impressive performances including Andy Martins record setting time of 57:12 which is 45 seconds faster than his record setting performance last year. Check out the picture of him at the halfway point. The bastard is actually smiling at 5:45 pace. For the ladies the Footzone’s own Kristen Riley successfully defended here title adding a second Horse Butte win to the record books. Another performance that is just down right impressive is from a guy named Dave McJunkin from Eugene. Dave ran a 1:15:41 which is a feet in and of itself. Then you read in the results that the man is 62 years old. Nice work Dave.
I would like to send a big thank you to all the kind people who volunteered at the race. Thanks to Amy and Dan-O who passed out packets and signed up racers for 6 hours on Saturday. This also allowed me to mark the course during daylight which is always a plus. Thanks to the parking crew of Teague, Jill, Amanda, and Nate. Amanda and Nate also rocked the Barbeque after parking cars. Nate is a talented man, not only can he barbeque hot dogs and gardenburgers for 163 people he can do while knocking back a PBR tall boy at 10:30. Nice work Nate! Thanks to Darcy, Gary, Purdence, and Judy for keeping the finish line in order. And also a great job to the aid station crew. Carla from ONDA and her parents kept you all hydrated and did in speaking two languages. I loved hearing Carla’s dad yelling Bravo as the runners passed.
I hope all that participated enjoyed the event and will come back again next year. I am still hammering out the financials and will hopefully have them done soon to see how much moola we are going to be able to donate to the kind folks over at ONDA.

Thanks to all,


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