Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Where’s Brad? Way up there in Oregon 100k

Mitchell conquers Willamette Pass course

Hailey's Brad Mitchell, 38, is one of the best ultramarathoners in the U.S. and the endurance foot racer continued to show his stuff Aug. 16.

Mitchell placed sixth among USA Track and Field (USATF) entrants in the Where's Waldo? 100-kilometer (62 mile) ultramarathon that doubled as the 2008 USA 100k Trail Championships in Oregon.

His finishing time was 10 hours and 43:54 minutes. The men's winner by over four minutes was Neil Olsen, 41, of Central Point, Ore. in 10.06:54. And the top woman was Prudence L'Heureux, 37, of Bend, Ore. with a time of 11.12:36, good for 10th place among the USATF entrants.

In all, there were 83 finishers in times ranging from Olsen's winning 10 hours, to 19 hours and seven minutes for the 83rd place runner. There were 22 DNFs. Ages of the finishing runners ranged from 25 to 69.

Part of the Oregon Trail Ultramarathon Series, the Where's Waldo? Race was a challenging 100k loop-style course starting at Willamette Pass Ski Area 70 miles east of Eugene, at elevation 5,120 feet.

The course climbed up several mountains including Fuji, The Twins and Maiden Peak before returning to the ski area. The route was 97% single-track trails with some fairly remote sections and many incredible view of pristine Waldo Lake.

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