Inaugural ultra-marathon run a success
Hurl, an avid runner who recently transitioned to the ultra-marathon scene, is a teacher at Duniway Middle School. He organized the event as a way to raise money for the McMinnville High School cross country team as well as draw attention to the great trails in the Coast Range foothills. Hurl said the event raised close to $2,000, and most of the proceeds will go to the team.
The race was organized to a certain degree, but no official times were kept for the 50-, 25- or 10-kilometer distances. Instead, Hurl said, the event was to provide a post-holiday race for runners trying to get back into shape and prepare for bigger races in the spring.
“It’s a great organized team run, basically,” Hurl said. “No-frills way of running.”
Hurl said it was 19 degrees at the start of the race. The grueling 50-kilometer race wound through the hills of the Coast Range and peaked at 1,900 feet. He said there were 154 runners who started the race, well outdistancing the 20 or so that he envisioned when first putting together the event.
World-class runners like Max King and Pam Smith came as well. King, a Bend native, was named the Trail Runner of the Year in 2012 by Trail Runner Magazine, and he is the U.S. national champion in trail running.
“People really embraced this,” Hurl said, adding he’s looking forward to doing the event again next year. The response he got was positive.
“I hope to get more people out next year. Maybe some road runners who want to try trail running event.”