Half marathon coming up
Injuries typically aren't seen as blessings. They can ruin a productive season, or even stop one before it starts.
But in the case of the Canyon Rumble Frozen Half Marathon, an injury helped create it.
When Madras running enthusiast Jamie Hurd went to Madras Physical Therapy to receive treatment on some bumps and bruises from pounding the pavement, she and Trevor Groves - co-owner of the business - got to talking.
"We both thought Madras could use an event like this," Hurd said. "Half marathons are very popular with runners, and we thought it could help beef up our local running community."
Groves said this was something that he's been "talking about long enough, that he finally had to do it."
The Canyon Rumble Frozen Half Marathon will be held Dec. 8, so it's obvious how the "Frozen" part of the name, but the 13.1-mile race will wind down Willow Canyon, then go up the freshly-paved path on a hill west of town that dons the big rock "M" on the side.
Groves and Hurd both said they just received permission to use it, and it's going to make this event even more unique and challenging.
"That is really exciting for us," Groves said. "The way the course is set up, it's an up-and-back, so runners will be on the path twice."
Hurd said there are about 20 people signed up for the race right now, but the week before the race is when registration really picks up, she said.
When spreading the word about the race, Hurd took the modern grassroots effort and turned to the Internet for most of it.
"I spread it throughout running blogs, Facebook and different things like that," Hurd said. "We've got some good response."
Hurd promoted the event on her Facebook page, aptly titled "MADras Runners," and said she's been getting quite a following. The page also aids in organizing group runs in town.
One of the competitors, however, has a world-class resum‚ and is one of the most elite distance runners on Earth. Bend's Max King, a five-time XTERRA Trail Run National Championship winner, will take part, both Hurd and Groves have confirmed.
The only thing that could keep King from running, Hurd said, was King's wife giving birth.
The race is a benefit for the "Friends of Willow Creek," a group dedicated to helping preserve and enhance recreational opportunities in the canyon.
"We are looking forward to sharing this wonderful place with the broader Central Oregon community, while creating local access to such a quality race," Groves said.
Back by popular demand, the Westside Mile will also be held in conjunction with the race. It was first held with the Oktoberfest 10K, but Groves said he had enough positive feedback that made him want to do it again.
"We had about 30 families do it last time, and it's just a good way to help promote commnunity and fitness."
This couldn't be done without the help of businesses, Groves said. Along with Madras Physical Therapy and the Madras Aquatic Center, Erickson's, Geno's, Footzone of Bend, the Inn at Cross Keys Station, Synergy Resource Solutions and OoDaLolly Photography are helping sponsor the event.
Interested people can sign up for the race at Madras Physical Therapy, located in the South Y Complex along U.S. Highway 97 in Madras, or online at https://sites.google.com/site/madrasrunners.