Bend Named Host for XTERRA Trail Running Championships

The Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau, in partnership with the Oregon Sports Authority, today announced that Bend has been named the host destination for the 2008 and 2009 XTERRA Trail Running National Championships. Bend, which was recently voted “America’s Best Trail Running Town” by the editors of Outside Magazine, was selected above other competing destinations due to its variety of terrain, mild fall climate, running-friendly trails, and the enthusiasm, interest and support of the local community.

“Bend has received national and international recognition as a trail running mecca,” said Doug LaPlaca, President and CEO of the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau. “The next logical step for us is to identify and pursue opportunities to convert that recognition into increased tourism revenue, and the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship is a perfect fit.”

The BVCB worked closely with the Oregon Sports Authority to secure the event, which is expected to attract a minimum of 300 competitors as well as family, staff, media and spectators to Bend at a time when lodging occupancy is typically low. Though the event date has been set for Saturday, September 27, 2008, a specific venue has not been selected. In the coming months, race organizers and the Bend VCB will work with local public and private groups including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bend Metro Parks & Recreation, and private landowners and developers to identify a race venue and begin any necessary permit/approval processes.

“When we launched our Central Oregon Chapter in October, this is exactly the type of event we had in mind for the region,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “Bend’s reputation as an outdoor recreation destination will be a huge asset as we plan this event, and look to secure other, similar events of national prominence in the future.”

The XTERRA Trail Running National Championship’s main race is an Xduro (21k/13.1 mile) half-marathon distance event, but the day-long running celebration will also feature races of 10k and 5k distances, a festival/expo center for participants and spectators, and live entertainment. While the race field will include competitors who have qualified for the National Championship at other events, participation in all races is open to the general public.

“The U.S. Trail Run Series is one of the fastest-growing segments of XTERRA, with more than 50 races in 15 states on the calendar for 2008,” said Tom Kiely, CEO of TEAM Unlimited, owner of XTERRA. “The Trail Running National Championship is the culmination of that series, and we are certain Bend will be an excellent backdrop upon which the event will unfold.”

Timbers to face MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes in exhibition

The Portland Timbers announced today that the club will face Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes as part of a preseason doubleheader March 28 at the University of Portland’s Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, starting at $10, go on sale to the public March 3 and are available through the UP box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone at (503) 224-4400. A special $6 youth ticket is available for children under 18 years of age and University of Portland students who present valid school ID at the door. For groups of 15 or more, contact Beth Connell at (503) 943-7245 to take advantage of special discounts on tickets.

“This will be a great test for our club,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers head coach and general manager. “To play a quality club in San Jose that will be just days away from opening its regular season gives us a good chance to see where we are heading as we approach the 2008 season.”

As part of the doubleheader, the University of Portland men’s soccer team will play the San Jose Reserves at 5 p.m.

San Jose re-entered MLS as an expansion club on July 18, 2007, after the original Earthquakes franchise became the Houston Dynamo in 2005. The 2008 expansion side features MLS veterans in goalkeeper Joe Cannon and defender Nick Garcia as well as former youth U.S. National Team members Ryan Cochrane and Ned Grabavoy.

San Jose’s roster also includes players who’ve battled against the Timbers previously during their careers, including goalkeeper Preston Burpo, who was a member of the Seattle Sounders from 1997-2005, and forward Gavin Glinton, who was with the Charleston Battery in 2006.

Portland has squared off against San Jose three times since it joined the USL First Division in 2001. The Timbers captured a 1-0 exhibition win over the Earthquakes at PGE Park in 2001, and San Jose defeated the Timbers in U.S. Open Cup matches in 2004 and 2005.

The Timbers begin the 2008 USL First Division season April 17, when they play host to the Puerto Rico Islanders at PGE Park. Season tickets for the 2008 campaign, starting at $142.50, are available by contacting the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555. For more information on season-ticket packages, flex tickets, group discounts and party suites, visit

End of a love affair, for now

It was 26 years ago when Bill Hildick, chairman of the Rose Festival race committee, approached larger-than-life Championship Auto Racing Teams boss John Frasco about staging an event in Portland.

Frasco was less than enthused.

Hildick kept talking, but Big John could not imagine Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt and Al Unser Sr. tearing around a city-owned permanent road course in Portland, Oregon.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 25, 2008

Legislature approves UO arena

After years of hoping, months of planning and a few hectic weeks of lobbying, the University of Oregon won approval Friday from the Legislature for $200 million in state-backed bonds to build a basketball arena.

The facility, to replace 82-year-old McArthur Court in Eugene, would be the most expensive on-campus arena in the nation and the largest single bonding project in the history of Oregon’s public universities.

The Senate and House each passed SB 5555, relating to capital construction, and HB 5100, relating to bonding authority.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 23, 2008

Portland loses Champ Car race

Portland’s longstanding open-wheel race appeared dead Friday after officials from the Indy Racing League and Champ Car signed a deal to unify the two American open-wheel series.

This year’s event, which was to be run July 27 at Portland International Raceway, brought money, gearheads and glamour to the city during its heyday but had lost much of its luster during 12 years of bitter rivalry between the two series that confused fans, promoted apathy and nearly buried the sport.

“I’m disappointed that Champ Car has decided to cancel their entire season before their 25th anniversary race at PIR,” Portland Mayor Tom Potter said in a statement. “The race has always been good for the city, bringing national and international attention and visitors here.”

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 23, 2008

U.S. all-stars, world players coming to the Rose Garden

The Nike Hoop Summit, a basketball game that pits 10 of the best U.S. high school seniors against their counterparts from around the world, is coming to Portland.

At a news conference Thursday, USA Basketball, Nike and the Portland Trail Blazers announced that the 11th edition of the game will be held at 1 p.m. April 12 at the Rose Garden.

Fans will have a chance to see some of the top rising talent — from the United States and abroad — before the players achieve greater fame. Seventy-four Nike Hoop Summit players have been drafted by NBA teams.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 22, 2008

Annual Nike Hoop Summit to be held April 12 in Portland

USA Basketball, Nike and the NBA Portland Trail Blazers announced today that the 2008 Nike Hoop Summit, the country’s premiere annual basketball game featuring America’s top senior boy high school players going against a World Select Team comprised of the world’s top players 19-years-old or younger, will be played in Portland, Ore., at the Rose Garden, home of the NBA Portland Trail Blazers.

The 11th Annual Nike Hoop Summit will be held on Saturday, April 12, 1:00 p.m. (PT). The 2008 Nike Hoop Summit game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Nets (FSN).

Tickets are now on sale for the 2008 Nike Hoop Summit, with reserved courtside seats priced $25-$50 and all other lower bowl tickets $10. Tickets can be purchased through the Rose Quarter Ticket Office, by calling 877-789-ROSE (7673) or by visiting

“As the legacy and the prestige of the Nike Hoop Summit continues to grow, we’re excited to take another step and hold the 2008 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland at the Rose Garden,” said USA Basketball executive director Jim Tooley. “The Nike Hoop Summit is now well established as a quality and unique basketball competition for our high school players.

“This is a premiere basketball event which has spotlighted talents like Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Martell Webster, Monta Ellis and many others before they made big names for themselves. It is a very important event for USA Basketball as a large number of our Hoop Summit players have gone on to represent USA Basketball in other major international competitions.

“This is not your typical high school all-star game. This is a very special opportunity for elite USA players to represent their country in a meaningful competition that is played under international rules,” added Tooley.

“We’re honored to host such world class basketball talent,” said Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller. “The list of players who have participated in the Nike Hoop Summit is incredible. Combined with Portland’s reputation as one of the world’s most sophisticated basketball cities, it sets the stage for a very special event and a unique opportunity for our fans to watch the best young players in the world compete.”

“We are very proud to be partnering with USA Basketball and the Blazers to bring the Nike Hoop Summit to the City of Portland,” said George Raveling, Nike Director of Global Basketball Sports Marketing. “We feel this is a great platform to provide the best young basketball players in the world with a truly unique premium basketball experience.”

The 2008 USA Basketball Junior National Select and the World Select teams that will compete in the Nike Hoop Summit will be announced at a later date.

The 2008 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team that will compete in the 2008 Hoop Summit will consist of 10 players, a head coach and one assistant coach, and will be selected by USA Basketball’s Men’s Junior Development Committee.

The Junior Development Committee is chaired by Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School, Wellman, Iowa), and also includes AAU appointees William Anderson (AAU YMOCA, Memphis, Tenn.), William Brown (AAU Boo Williams, Norfolk, Va.) and Rod Seaford (AAU Charlotte Royal, N.C.); National Federation of State High School Associations appointees Todd Butler (Pacific Grove H.S., Calif.) and Eric Flannery (St. Edwards High School, Ohio); as well as athlete representatives Kermit Homes (1999 USA Pan American Games) and Jimmy Oliver (1998 USA World Championship Team).

The World Select Team, consisting of top players worldwide who are 19-years-old or younger with the approved sanctioning of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the world governing body of international basketball. The World Select Team will consist of 11 players from FIBA’s five geographic zones: FIBA Africa, FIBA Americas, FIBA Asia, FIBA Europe and FIBA Oceania.

The Nike Hoop Summit Players

Held annually from 1995-2000, the Nike Hoop Summit was resumed in 2004 after a three year hiatus. The Nike Hoop Summit was played in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004 in the city hosting the men’s NCAA Final Four. Between 2005-2007, the Nike Hoop Summit was held at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.

The premiere event for high school seniors, 74 former USA and World Select Hoop Summit team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including 14 players in the 2007 and 2006 drafts.

Hoop Summit alum Kevin Durant was selected No. 2 in the 2007 draft by Seattle, while World Team member Yi Jianlian was chosen sixth by Milwaukee. Also selected in 2007 were Brandan Wright (8th-Charlotte Bobcats); Spencer Hawes (10th-Sacramento Kings); Thaddeus Young (12th-Philadelphia 76ers); Julian Wright (13th-New Orleans Hornets); and Petteri Koponen (30th-Philadelphia 76ers).

As of January 2007, 40 former USA players and 12 former World team members play in the NBA.

Some of the American NBA standouts boasting of Hoop Summit experience include Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Sacramento Kings); Ron Artest (Sacramento Kings); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Mike Bibby (Atlanta Hawks); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics); Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors); Chris Duhon (Chicago Bulls); Mike Dunleavy (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics); Monta Ellis (Golden State Warriors); Jordan Farmar (Los Angeles Lakers); Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Daniel Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers); Al Harrington (Golden State Warriors); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Larry Hughes (Cleveland Cavaliers); Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves); Jared Jeffries (New York Knicks); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Rashard Lewis (Orlando Magic); Stephon Marbury (New York Knicks); Darius Miles (Portland Trail Blazers); Jermaine O’Neal (Indiana Pacers); Zach Randolph (New York Knicks); Quentin Richardson (New York Knicks); J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets); Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks); Stromile Swift (New Jersey Nets); Sebastian Telfair (Minnesota Timberwolves); Martell Webster (Portland Trail Blazers); Louis Williams (Philadelphia 76ers); Brandan Wright (Golden State Warriors); Julian Wright (New Orleans Hornets); and Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers).

World Hoop Summit alums now playing for NBA teams include Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Louis Scola (Houston Rockets); Yi Jianlian, (Milwaukee Bucks); Andrea Bargnani, (Toronto Raptors); Vladimir Radmanovic (Los Angeles Lakers); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks); Darius Songaila (Washington Wizards); Bostjan Nachbar (New Jersey Nets); Sergio Rodriguez (Portland Trail Blazers); Mouhamed Saer Sene (Seattle SuperSonics); and Marcus Vinicius Viera (New Orleans Hornets).

Twenty-six other former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level including five members of the Duke Blue Devils – Gerald Henderson, Greg Paulus, Jon Scheyer; Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. Three former Hoop Summit players play at North Carolina, Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough and Tywon Lawson, while three alums are members of the Syracuse Orange, Paul Harris, Jonny Flynn and Donte Greene.

Also playing collegiately are Richard Hendrix at Alabama; Jerryd Bayless at Arizona; Vernon Macklin at Georgetown; D.J. White at Indiana; Brandon Rush at Kansas; Michael Beasley at Kansas State; Patrick Paterson at Kentucky; Derrick Rose at Memphis; Malik Hairston at Oregon; J.P. Prince at Tennessee; Kevin Love at UCLA; O.J. Mayo at USC; and Jon Brockman at Washington.

The Nike Hoop Summit Games

USA teams have won six consecutive and eight of the previous 10 Hoop Summit match-ups and the Americans have done so on the shoulders of some outstanding individual showings.

In the three Nike Hoop Summit games held 2005-2007 in Memphis, the USA claimed wins in each contest. Bettering the World squad 100-80 in 2007, 109-91 in 2006 and 106-98 in 2005, the USA’s good fortunes were fueled by impressive efforts by emerging stars like Mayo, Beasley, Love, Ellington, Durant, Hansbrough, Ellis and others.

In 2007, Mayo scored 20 points, Bayless and Love tallied 15 and 13, respectively, while Beasley grabbed nine boards and Flynn dished out 10 assists in the USA’s 20-point win.

In 2006, it was Ellington who poured in 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting overall and 5-of-6 accuracy from 3-point range. Ellington’s 31 points tied the USA game scoring mark. Durant was also impressive, accounting for 20 points and seven rebounds, while Lawson added 17 points and six assists.

The 2005 affair was a 106-98 contest with the U.S. finishing on top thanks to a marvelous 31 point, 10 rebound performance by the 6-10 Hansbrough. Tying the USA game scoring record, Hansbrough did so with 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 15-of-18 marksmanship from the foul line. Also aiding the USA cause were Webster, 21 points, and Louis Williams, 20 points, while Paulus ran the USA offense and was credited with 10 assists.

The USA upended the World Select Team 99-79 in 2004 in San Antonio, Texas. In that contest, Josh Smith led the offense with 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and his 12 made field goals set a new single game USA Hoop Summit record. J.R. Smith added 17 points in the win, while Gay and Jefferson were credited with 14 and 13 points respectively. Telfair recorded a game high seven assists, tying the then USA Hoop Summit single game record in the process.

In the 2000 Hoop Summit the USA edged the World Select Team 98-97 in Indianapolis, Ind. In the narrowest game in Hoop Summit history, Randolph accounted for 24 points and eight rebounds, Miles contributed 15 points and eight boards, while France’s Parker paced the World squad in the loss, scoring 20 points and dishing off seven assists.

In 1999 in Tampa, Fla., USA guard Jacobsen scored a U.S. team record 31 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point as the Americans rolled to a 107-95 victory.

The World Select Team earned a hard-fought 104-99 victory in 1988 thanks to a Hoop Summit record 33 points and 14 rebounds from future NBA All-Star Nowitzki. Harrington posted 26 points and nine rebounds for the U.S. in the loss.

In the 1997 Hoop Summit, contested at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., future NBA standouts Hughes and Artest posted 20 and 19 points, respectively, as the USA squad battled to a 97-90 triumph.

Despite the efforts of the USA’s O’Neal, who finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, the World Team claimed a 104-96 win in the 1996 Hoop Summit in Charlotte, N.C. Vladimir Bogojevic led the World club with 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

In the inaugural Hoop Summit contest held in Springfield, Mass., the USA won 86-77 as Garnett accumulated 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots, Marbury added 10 points and five assists, while Albert White tossed in 13 points and Jelani McCoy added 11.

AST Dew Tour returns to Portland

The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced Portland as the site of the Wendy’s Invitational, Aug. 21-24, at the Rose Quarter. For the fourth consecutive year, the Portland event will be the third of five stops on the 2008 tour. The event will feature the greatest talent in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.

In making the announcement, AST president Wade Martin said: “We are very excited to be returning to Portland and to be debuting Wendy’s as the new host sponsor this year. The city of Portland has shown a passion for skateboarding and action sports as a whole, as well as a commitment to the Dew Tour, we are looking forward to our return to Portland.”

“The AST Dew Tour has quickly become one of the annual highlights of Oregon’s busy summer sports season,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “Over the last three years the Tour has helped establish Portland as a premier action sports destination, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome it back for the fourth consecutive year.”

Entering its fourth year, the AST Dew Tour is the most watched and attended action sports property in the world. Attendance for the 2007 AST Dew Tour totaled nearly 300,000 and an average of 41 million total viewers tuned in via NBC and USA each year. The top athletes in the world will take part in this year’s Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded in Orlando at season’s end to champions in each of the six disciplines. The 2007 Dew Cup winners include Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Ryan Nyquist (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Shaun White (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park).

10 Oregon schools receive state grant funding for PE training

In an effort to restore physical education (PE) to every school in the state, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) awarded three Oregon school districts with grants to improve the quality of PE being taught in elementary schools. The 10 grants awarded on Friday went to:

Ontario School District: Aiken Elementary, Alameda Elementary, Mary Roberts Elementary and Pioneer Elementary
Sweet Home School District: Crawfordsville Elementary, Holley Elementary and Sweet Home Charter School
Molalla River School District: Molalla Elementary, Molino Elementary and Maple Grove Elementary

Members of the PEAK Coalition (Physical Education for All Kids), who work with partners throughout the state to ensure every student receives PE as part of their school day, applauded the grants as an important step in improving the health of our children.

“Providing our schools with the resources and training they need to provide quality, evidenced-based PE is an important first step in ensuring that every Oregon child is exposed to PE as part of their school experience to help establish healthy, active lifestyles that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said John Valley, state advocacy director for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and member of PEAK.

These grant funds will be used to provide inservice training to elementary classroom teachers, not specifically endorsed in physical education, on quality instruction of physical education, the academic content standards for physical education and the minimum number of minutes requirement using evidence-based programs.

The grant program was established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature through the passage of HB 3141. The program is designed to support activities related to helping schools meet the minimum PE instructional requirements for students (150 minutes per week in elementary schools? 225 minutes per week in middle schools).

As part of the program, ODE has additional grant funding to enable school districts and charter schools to hire licensed PE instructors. The grant application is available at:

Grant applications are due February 29. For more information about these grants, contact Margaret Bates at or 503.947.5156.

About PEAK
PEAK is a coalition of more than 35 organizations from across the state, including the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Nike, Oregon Sports Authority Foundation, Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Pediatric Society and the Council for Children’s Expanded Physical working to restore physical education to Oregon’s schools.

eUpdate – Women in Sports, New Members and Beach Volleyball

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation and University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center have partnered to bring the annual Women in Sports Business Symposium to the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland on April 17. Designed to become a signature event that serves as one of the nation’s premier annual gatherings for women in sports, the Symposium will host both professionals and students – female and male – who want to contribute to and connect with a powerful community of women engaged in sport through business, practice or study.

— Click below to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate

Blazers revive RQ renewal

With the Rose Garden, fan sentiment and a winning record back in hand, the Portland Trail Blazers are again floating the idea of redeveloping the Rose Quarter, even testing the idea of retrofitting or razing nearby Memorial Coliseum.

Blazers Senior Vice President of Business Affairs J.E. Isaac has met with city commissioners to gauge leaders’ reaction to redeveloping the complex.

Team officials aren’t discussing specific proposals, but they acknowledged that the 48-year-old, city-owned Coliseum, along with nearby land controlled by team owner Paul Allen, could be targeted for new development.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 13, 2008


Sean Bemis of Eugene was laughing as he talked about “the hardest fall I’ve ever taken on a mountain bike.”

“Fortunately,” said Bemis, 29, a graduate teaching assistant in geology at the University of Oregon. “it was on the snow.”

Bemis wasn’t the only rider sent flying over the handlebars when his bike’s front wheel suddenly hit a soft spot on the groomed track here Saturday during the 2008 National Winter Triathlon Championship, which combined running, biking and Nordic skiing.

— Excerpt from the Eugene Register-Guard, February 12, 2008

Throws facility: gold dream

Mac Wilkins’ vision was largely under water last week — not that it deterred the former Olympic gold medalist.

When Wilkins walked a visitor around the Concordia Throws Center, he talked glowingly about the way the project will look when the drainage is completed, the irrigation installed, the grass growing and the throwing cages are in place.

If all stays on schedule, Wilkins said, Concordia University, the tiny NAIA school in Northeast Portland, will have the finest throws-only facility in the United States by June 1.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 12, 2008

PIR is calm though race could vanish in a merger

Maybe Mark Wigginton, the manager of Portland International Raceway, has the right idea: Don’t worry about doomsday until it arrives.

The news that Champ Car and the Indy Racing League are close to a merger — again — has caused barely a ripple in Portland.

The city’s 25th Champ Car race is scheduled for July 27 at PIR. But if Champ Car and the IRL merge before the start of the 2008 season, there most likely will be no Portland race.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 12, 2008

Kloser, Best win Winter Nationals

In baseball, there was Cal Ripken, Jr., the “Ironman.” In commercials, it’s the Energizer Bunny-it just keeps going and going. In the world of endurance multisport, we have Mike Kloser. At 48 years old, the legend from Vail, Colorado, showed he still has plenty left both physically and mentally by repeating as the USA Triathlon winter national champion today. With last year’s female national champion, Colorado’s Kerri Nelson absent, Heather Best of Fairbanks, Alaska, displayed her dominance in the mountain bike leg of this event to claim her first national championship.

Under a brilliant blue sky with amazing views surrounding the race site, the men’s race was actually quite competitive. Brian Smith of Gunnison, Colorado, used his strength on the run to lead Kloser and Spencer Powlison into T1 by almost a minute. Smith ran a 14:54 over the very challenging 4km run course, with locals Marshall Greene and Steve Larsen following. Kloser seemingly took over on the bike section, leading after both the first and second loops of the three-loop course. Smith stayed close, however, eventually taking the lead and coming into T2 with a 10-second lead. With an extremely quick transition, Kloser exited T2 with Smith and was able to nail the victory with his ski prowess, winning in a time of 1:09:43. Smith, again, was just 44 seconds back, and Powlison, Greene and Larsen finished 3-4-5.

The women’s race was less dramatic. Best, living in Anchorage, regularly rides and does most of her commuting on snow-covered roads and trails, and her experience on such conditions showed. Though she entered T1 in second place, she put over five minutes on her nearest competitor after just the first two of three loops. Local Bend athlete Sarah Max left T2 nine minutes down on Best but showed her phenomenal skate ski ability by picking up nearly five minutes throughout the 8km ski course and finishing in second place. Karen DeWolfe of Corvalis, Oregon, finished third with her husband and 2-month old baby watching on. DeWolfe had only been on a bike once since giving birth but showed what a strong base and mental tenacity will do.

— Excerpt from Inside Triathlon, February 9, 2008

Brutal winter test

Mike Kloser, 48, of Vail, Colo., extends his lead on the final lap of the 8-kilometer cross-country leg on his way to winning the 2008 USA Triathlon Winter National Championships on Saturday.

Michael Kloser of Vail, Colo., repeated as champion Saturday in the 2008 USA Triathlon Winter National Championship. But the race was close. Runner-up Brian Smith of Gunnison, Colo., was behind Kloser after the 4-kilometer downhill-uphill run, but he snuck ahead of Kloser on the third and final lap of the grueling 10.4K mountain-bike course.

Riding in thick, grooved snow on and near the nordic trails at Mt. Bachelor ski area, the two elite racers expertly push-pedaled their way through the three bike laps.

— Excerpt from The Bend Bulletin, February 10, 2008

U.S. winter triathlon championship looking for traction in Oregon

When it comes to triathlons, the winter version has yet to gain much of a following in the United States.

That is one reason the sport’s U.S. championship will be held Saturday morning at Mount Bachelor near Bend, the first time it will have taken place outside of Colorado since the event began in 2001. The race consists of three legs, all on snow: a 4-kilometer run, a 10.5-kilometer mountain bike ride and an 8-kilometer cross-country ski segment.

Winter triathlon supporters hope to expose the sport to a broader audience by staging the national championship in different areas. The sport long has been popular in Europe, site of the world championships. It even has a decent following in South America.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 7, 2008

They’d love to get U.S. on track

The nerve center for the audacious plan to transform American track and field is a small, cheaply furnished office in a nondescript building just off Coburg Road.

It’s the home base for Dave Taylor, a retired corporate vice president at Nike who has given up two years of his life to mold the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in track and field into an event that extends beyond the actual meet.

“Dave is our COO,” says organizing committee co-chair Vin Lananna, the University of Oregon associate athletic director and track coach.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, February 6, 2008

Diamond Lake to Mt. Bachelor Relay now Cascade Lakes Relay

The Smith Rock Race Group located in Bend Oregon today announced that the Diamond Lake to Mt. Bachelor Relay has been renamed effective immediately. The new name will be Cascade Lakes Relay – Diamond Lake to Bend Oregon. This change of name reflects the fact that the finish line for the event will now be the nationally recognized Planned Community of NW Crossing. Event organizers decided to make this course change based on significant offers of logistical support, sponsorships and access to facilities from both the public and private sector.

Brian M. Douglass, Executive Producer of the relay stated, “As our event became more widely known offers of partnership came from many sources. We concluded that having the event finish closer to the City of Bend would also be more popular with our participants.” The event looked at several sites including local parks, resort properties and the Old Mill District none of which were either available in 2008 or were sustainable for this anticipated growing event into the future.

Douglass,went on to say that “we are not interested in looking over our shoulder every year wondering if we can get government permits and whether the site will be large enough to host our event.” NW Crossing offers us the opportunity to build our “own community event complex” on Bend’s popular Westside. The City of Bend, Deschutes County, Bend LaPine School District and the Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau have been very supportive. Efforts are underway to work with residents, local business owners and the Summit High School community to host this exciting new event.

Currently more than 30 Run and Walk teams have registered and the event is still six months away. Event information is available at