Brief report on the August 17 Waldo 100K.
We had a 108 finishers at the 2013 Waldo 100K at Willamette Pass Ski Resort in Oregon this past weekend. This was one more than our previous high of 107 in 2010. With 137 starters, the finishing rate was 79%
We saw a new men’s course record by Ashlander David Laney, besting Dave Mackey’s 2011 time by just over a minute at 9:05:42. He picked up $500 for his victory.
Caren Spore came from behind to pass course record holder Joelle Vaught and won in 11:07:15. She picked up $650 because she doubled dipped into the masters money ($150).
Marc Laveson went out hard and was the first to see Waldo Lake. He ended up fading to 15th but still won the Find Waldo Award, picking up a pair of Montrail shoes.
Rick Kneedler swam in all six possible lakes (Charlton, Found, Maiden, North Rosary, Middle Rosary, Lower Rosary), finishing in 12:11 to claim the Wet Waldo. He won a Patagonia down sweater.
My bro Chris Thornley completed the race for the 10th time in fine style, tying Bushwacker Mike Burke for the most finishes.
The Show Us Your Waldo Award went to Melissa Berman once again. This year she was Alice In Waldoland. Others who got votes included Jeff Riley who wore layered past Waldo race shirts and took one off at each aid station to give to the volunteers, Lewis Taylor who wrote individual letters to each aid station, and David Elsbernd who was dressed as the Mad Hatter. Melissa won the crazy perpetual hat and free entry into next year’s race.
The final runners came in at 10:30 p.m. which allowed for some good campfire time before crashing in the tents. Good job, runners, for taking care of yourselves.
The 2013 edition of Waldo 100K was my twelfth and final time being the race or co-race director. The Waldo Ultras board of directors is happy that Meghan Arbogast, a.k.a. The Queen, is our new race director. After serving as Asst RD for three years, we are confident she, along with the help of 175+ passionate volunteers, will continue the tradition of Waldo being a kick-ass, old school, boutique ultra with the most single track you’ll find in any race.