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2010 Race Reports

A round up of race reports from last year.

Ben Blessing (solo runner – 152 miles)
Footzone Bend
Geek Turned Athlete
Lactic A@@es
Faith in Honest Doubt

Have one to add to the list? Email me at runnerteri at gmail.com.

By |February 3rd, 2011|CLR News|Comments Off on 2010 Race Reports

Top Ten Video Tips From Mr Kohler's Video Class

This past Monday, I sent my daughter off to video camp to learn more about the process of movie making.  At one point, I jokingly said to her to learn some great tips so I could help me team create a better race video for this relay – my team has submitted entries twice, but so far has come up empty handed in the prize department.  So you can imagine my great surprise when she came home that afternoon telling me how her teacher, Mr. Kohler, runs the Cascade Lakes Relay and that his video had won first place. Yep, her teacher was none other than Kirk Kohler, team captain and video master of More Cowbell.

After I introduced myself, I asked him if he would be willing to have the kids come up with their top ten video tips to help us less gifted videographers create better videos. Last year, any team who took the time to create a video and enter it into the contest received 5% off their registration (hey, $55 is one round at the team’s meeting), so it’s worth your while to grab a video camera and start documenting.  (The winning team will receive 30% off next year.)

Here are the top ten tips from Mr. Kohler’s video class:

Don’t be a hoser.  Don’t continually shoot, cut and move to a different position.
Don’t use too many transitions. It can make it look cheesy.
Follow the rule of thirds: If your screen is divided into 1/3s horizontally and vertically, your subject should be at one of the intersections of those lines. Make sure people aren’t always in the center.
Use head room. Make sure your subject has ample room on all sides.
Use different angles when you […]

By |July 16th, 2010|Tips|Comments Off on Top Ten Video Tips From Mr Kohler's Video Class

Solo Runner Eric Salkeld to Run 216.6 Miles To Honor His Student Levi

Eric Salkeld is looking to make Cascade Lakes Relay history. If all goes as planned, he will be the first solo runner to cover the entire 216 miles…alone.  He’ll be facing the heat, the dust, the hills and the bugs without the benefit of a teammate to hand off to when the going gets rough. He has no illusions about what he’s going to do this summer, because he’s been there before.

You may remember Salkeld from last year’s Hood to Coast relay.  He ran the course without a team, starting Thursday morning and finishing on an empty beach Sunday evening.  (Articles are here and here.) There was no fanfare or even recognition from the race officials; in fact, the organization had turned down his request to run it as a team of one.  He ran it completely on his own.

“I had trained for it,” he explains, “so I decided to run it anyway.”  No one knew he was out there running – there were no special cheers or words of encouragement from the other teams. The race was tough for Salkeld. The night before he ran, his main crew member had a business emergency, so Salkeld got little sleep before the start.  The next morning, his friend dropped him off at Timberline Lodge and had to leave.  Salkeld was on his own.  He laughs as he remembers going in to the Sandy Fred Meyer and buying supplies, which he proceeded to carry with him in plastic bags.

Salkeld will be more prepared for the Cascade Lakes Relay, which is welcoming him with open arms.
“We are extremely excited to support Eric in his effort to raise awareness and charitable contributions for Levi and the Childrens Cancer Association while […]

By |May 12th, 2010|News|13 Comments

2010 Promises to Be Bigger and Better Than Ever

As of April 14, 135 teams are signed up for the 3rd annual Cascade Lakes Relay, which suggests that the race will sell out this year, an exciting turn of events for a race that is just three years old.  We’ll be seeing lots of new faces as well as some familiar ones when we toe the line next July.

The Cascade Lakes Insider blog will be back for 2010 with more insider tips and stories.  I will be looking to interview some new and returning teams, so if you are a team captain who would have a few minutes to fill out an email survey and send a couple of photos, I’d love to hear from you.  (Shoot me a quick email to teri@runningrelays.com). We’ve got some amazing stories from the race this year that we are looking forward to sharing with you, including two guys who will be running most, if not all, of this course solo.  Yes, by themselves.

To get your planning well under way, I’d like to offer up this team captain planning guide to help you iron out even the smallest of details for your relay adventure.  If you have any questions about this relay specifically or relay planning in general, please don’t hesitate to ask.

By |April 14th, 2010|Tips|Comments Off on 2010 Promises to Be Bigger and Better Than Ever

2009 Race Reports

Here are some reports about last year’s race:

Run Oregon’s Recaps
RunBend (Footzone)

1st place video: More Cowbell
2nd place video: Out Chasing Booty
3rd place video: Sea Monkeys

Other videos

Las Corredoras
Agony of DeFeet
Hood to Coast Rejects
Team Shake N Bake
The Sick Six

By |March 17th, 2010|CLR News|Comments Off on 2009 Race Reports

In Case of Lightning

For those of you have been following the weather over Central Oregon (as I have), you might have noticed that the forecast is now calling for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.  While this forecast has a good chance of changing as the race draws closer, it is worth noting.  You may want to throw in a light rainjacket and review the lightning procedures (taken from the CLR Race Guide):
If there is lightning at the start of the race we
reserve the right to delay starts until the lightning
clears. If you see lightning on the course after the
race has started, get your runner off the road and
into the support vehicle. Make a note of the time
and the location where you exited the course. If
lightning clears within 1 hour put your runner back
on the road where they left and make a note of the
time. If lightning persists longer than an hour,
move ahead to the next exchange. For every hour
of lightning you may move ahead one exchange.
Keep close track of where and when you left the
course and where and when you returned to the
course. At the end of the race we will have a form
available for you to report these locations and
times. We will then calculate your average pace
and apply this pace to the segment of the course
that you missed. In this way, we will adjust all
overall race times.
If there is lightning at the start of the race we reserve the right to delay starts until the lightning clears. If you see lightning on the course after the race has started, get your runner off the road and into the support vehicle. Make a note of the time and the location where you exited the course. If lightning clears within 1 hour put […]

By |July 25th, 2009|Tips|Comments Off on In Case of Lightning

KML Files for Course

Thanks to Mitch for creating these great KML files for van #1 and van #2 to help out with navigation: http://clr.metolius.info/index.html

By |July 23rd, 2009|Tips|Comments Off on KML Files for Course

Quick Gear Tips

Here are a few quick items to consider bringing as you build your packing list for the relay next weekend:

Trail Shoes
Most of the time, you wouldn’t think of bringing trail shoes to a race, but some of the legs on the CLR might be worth having them for.  Specifically:

Leg #1 – This is on the trail around the lake, so you’ll have the usual obstacles – rocks, dirt, etc.
Leg #4 – This leg is on one of the dirt logging roads so common in Central Oregon.  While it should be fairly clear of obstacles, you may have some to deal with.
Leg #5 & 6- These legs are on the red cinder, which if you haven’t run before, may be a bit of a surprise.  Expect a surface very similar to the deep sand on the beach.  You’ll probably spend a lot of time hopping around, trying to find a deep, solid track to follow.
Leg #13 – 16 – These are light gravel legs.  The stiffer sole of a trail shoe might help cushion your feet against the rocks, but your regular shoes are going to do pretty well on the surface.
Leg #17 – Red cinder again.  See legs #5 & 6.
Leg #36 – The end of this leg is on trail – so there will be rocks and other trail like hazards.

Of course, be smart about your gear.  Don’t rush out and buy brand new trail shoes to test out on this run – go with what you have.  That’s always the best bet for races.  But if you do have trail shoes, you might think about tossing them in if you are on the legs listed above.

Spray Bottle
Those afternoon legs get really warm.  A […]

By |July 22nd, 2009|Tips|1 Comment

Running in the Heat

If the current pattern of weather holds up for Central Oregon, we will be looking at some warm temperatures for much of the race.  While the evenings can be cool (they average in the lower 40’s, so be sure to bring the appropriate clothing), the heat is what we need to be sure we are prepared for.  With proper planning, every team should be able to stay safe and have a good race. Here are some tips for staying cool during the heat of the day:

1.  Hydrate!
It’s very important to make sure that you continue to take in fluids, both while you are running and while you are in the van.  You should be drinking to thirst throughout the day.  This means that your team needs to support you (stopping on the side of the road and offering water and/or aid) often during your leg; every 1 1/2 to 2 miles on a very hot day.  If each runner has their own water bottle, make sure it is filled at the start of their leg and monitor their usage for them.  You might have to insist on making a stubborn runner take a drink, but it is worth their irritation to keep them safe.  If you are running a leg with no van access, you can carry a hydration belt or handheld with your own fluids.

When you are not running, continue to hydrate and monitor the color of your urine if possible.  This isn’t easy in the porta-potties, so at least note how often you are going.

Be sure to pack plenty of water for your van between exchange points.  If you are in remote areas, there may not be any places to fill up.  Check […]

By |July 21st, 2009|Training|4 Comments

CLR Timing Worksheet

Kelly Johnson, who blogs for Oregonlive on the Run Oregon blog, has once again put together a super helpful post for the CLR teams.  This one is about creating a timing worksheet.  She includes a link to an .xls file that will allow you to easily assign legs and determine timing.  Check it out!  Her post is here.

By |July 20th, 2009|Tips|Comments Off on CLR Timing Worksheet