2008 News & Features

USA Triathlon Winter National Championship Returns to the Northwest in January

October 24, 2008

(10-24-08) From Press Release – The USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship will return to Mt. Bachelor on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009. The event features a mass start run followed by a mountain bike portion on snow and finishes with a Nordic ski leg. Even though this is a national championship, there are no pre-qualifying races so all athletes are encouraged to participate in winter triathlon’s premiere event. USAT will offer a $3,000 cash purse …more »




Training: XC Skiing Tips for Season Ahead

October 23, 2008

(10-23-08) by Jason Jablonski – Well, the weather is changing and we are all starting to think of our winter activity schedule. When the snow falls and we start to get out and enjoy the various cross country ski trails and events that our area has to provide, we tend to jump the gun a little and injuries can occur. Cross country skiing, both racing and recreational, takes a lot of endurance, strength, and fitness. …more »




Oregonians Sweep Portland Marathon

October 6, 2008

(10-6-08) John Ngigi of Glide, OR captured the 2008 Portland Marathon title on Sunday, October 5 with a time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 22 seconds. On the women’s side, ultramarathoner Kami Semick of Bend bested the field with an overall finish time of 2:45:24. Complete results can be found HERE. Video news segment HERE.




Corvallis Triathlete Killed in Bicycle Accident

October 3, 2008

(10-3-08) Triathlete Ed Bomber of Corvallis was killed Thursday in a bicycle accident. Ed was one of the owners of Northwest MultiSports, a triathlon retail store that was opened in April in Corvallis. Ed was active athlete in the Northwest community and will be missed. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time. Read the full article in the Corvallis Gazette Times.




Haile Breaks World Record in Berlin!

September 28, 2008

(9-28-08) From Press Release – Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia shattered his own marathon record in the real-Berlin Marathon on Sunday morning, running 2:03:59, to become the first man in history under 2.04 for the distance. It is Gebrselassie’s 26th world record, and improves by almost half a minute the world record of 2.04.26 that he set in Berlin one year ago. It is exactly five years ago, in this same race that Gebrselassie’s great rival, …more »




Oregon Runners Win XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

September 27, 2008

(9-27-08) From Press Release – Several hundred athletes from 21 states gathered at the upscale Old Mill District in Bend today for the fourth annual XTERRA Trail Running National Championship on an incredibly beautiful, crisp and clear morning along the Deschutes River. Outside Magazine called this the best trail running town in America, and some of the fastest runners from around the state of Oregon and across the nation came to put its reputation to …more »




Age Group National Champions Crowned in Oregon

September 21, 2008

(9-20-08) From USAT Press Release – More than 1,000 triathletes competed in the pinnacle event of the season – the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship on Saturday, September 20 at Hagg Lake. The age groupers shared the spotlight with the elites, who competed in the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship later Saturday. Click here for the elite recap. The first of 17 waves jumped into Hagg Lake at 7:15 a.m. and the action didn’t …more »




The Future Is Bright For Northwest XC Skiing

September 17, 2008

(9-17-08) by J.D. Downing – With today’s headlines crowded with gloomy news and forecasts related to climate change, a troubled economic picture, and energy prices — it can be hard to be upbeat about active outdoor sports. When one considers the logistical challenges of winter sports compared to “out the door” activities such as running, the outlook for the coming decade could be downright dismal. Despite this dark backdrop, the future for one winter outdoor …more »




Portland’s Kara Goucher to Make Her Marathon Debut at the ING New York City Marathon

September 12, 2008

(9-10-08) Courtesy Running USA Wire #72-09-08 – United States Olympian and 2007 IAAF World Championships 10,000 meter bronze medalist Kara Goucher will make her much-anticipated marathon debut at the ING New York City Marathon 2008 on Sunday, November 2, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. “Last year when I watched the race first hand, I decided I wanted to run in New York,” said Goucher. “The ING …more »