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August 15, 2007

Masters Hopefuls Head to Williamette Pass for Masters 100 km Trail Championship

Sunsweet Growers Inc., Willamette Pass Resort, the City of Oakridge, and USA Track and Field are excited to host the 6th Where’s Waldo 100 km Trail Run, which is also the 2007 Masters National 100 km Trail Championships, August 18th at the Willamette Pass Ski Resort. As the U.S. National Championships, this year’s Where’s Waldo 100 km has drawn many of the top masters runners (40 years and older) from across the U.S. to compete for the title of National Champion and $4,200 in cash presented by Sunsweet Growers Inc. (

Racers lining up to run at Willamette Pass hold numerous long distance running records throughout the United States, including ultrarunning legends Eric Clifton, Roy Pirrung, and Courtney Campbell. Joining them will be other top U.S. runners, including Beverley Anderson-Abbs, Jim Kerby, Mark Lantz, and Ragan Petrie, as well as local favorites John Ticer (Eugene, OR) and Meghan Arbogast (Corvallis, OR).

Since its inception, the Where’s Waldo race has received rave reviews from runners for its scenery and difficulty. The 100 kilometer (62+ miles) course summits Mt Fuji, The Twins, and Maiden Peak along with numerous other smaller climbs for a total elevation gain of about 12,000 feet. The course provides excellent views of Central Oregon including the spectacular Waldo Lake.

The race starts promptly at 5am. For more information, visit the race website (, or contact the following individuals directly:

Race Director: Craig Thornley- 541-686-6580 or

Race Director: Curt Ringstad- 541-388-4740 or

Elite Athlete Coordinator: Alan Abbs- 530-529-9759 or

Oakridge Chamber of Commerce: Randy Dreiling- 541-782-4146

Proceeds from the race support the Willamette Pass Ski Patrol which is part of the National Ski Patrol System. The race is funded in part by City of Oakridge and Lane County Tourism Grant funds.

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