Race Report: 2013 Eugene Marathon & Half Marathon
awhile since The Rage has invoked the “Flintstone Finish” (e.g.
Bam Bam) from the official 10K Truth glossary to describe the
ultimate race…but the Eugene Half Marathon had one of those finishes.
were in the West Grandstand on April 28, 2013, at about 8:10 a.m.,
you couldn’t help but have noticed two neon singlet clad runners
burst onto the Bowerman Curve.
Orin “Shoe” Schumacher and Orestes “OG” Gutierrez, whose dead
heat race over the last 13 miles was going to have to be settled
on the storied “B.C.” The Zatopek-like expressions on their faces
suggested this was a big deal.
can be appreciated by knowing what had transpired up to this point….both
pushing each other to be better.
but not forgotten on this race day was how many minutes these
two had shaved off of their times in recent years since they went
into the recording studio. Purists within the Eugene Hackers knew
that OG and Shoe were much more than training partners. They are
Wozniak & Jobs, Lennon & McCartney, Plant & Page, and Tyler &
Perry. And no matter how many hotel rooms get trashed along the
way, the numbers keep going down for both.
up the action at Mile 7, after having spent the wee-hours of that
morning on this year’s Cone Crew, working with my fellow Cone
Heads creating an orange gauntlet that separated the full and
half marathoners along the shared course. I parked the Dodge along
Amazon Parkway, and waited for the runners to come through, ready
to hop on my bike and take a few photos along the way.
expected, Shoe and OG were separated by a few yards, at best…with
OG breaking trail. Yeah, this scene had played out all too many
times…the younger, highly talented runner succumbing later in
races to the journeyman racer Shoe, whose times in the marathon
(2:35) and half marathon (1:12) had steadily been lowered over
the last couple of years, pulling OG’s down with Shoe’s (half
- 1:14; 15k -51:19 and; 10 mile - 55:29) all in the last year.
bike, you can see the action up close…and my guess was some separation
would happen on the 19th Avenue hill…at mile 8. Nope. They were
still separated by only a few yards. At 10 going up the hill to
the Knickerbocker Footbridge, Shoe seemed to surge, but then OG
came right back.
the pace started to quicken significantly, as OG started to press.
Shoe let him go, and quickly, OG had put 15 meters on him. As
they passed 12 heading for the Autzen Footbridge, OG’s 5:14 pace
had created a 20 meter gap, and Shoe was responding…amazingly
closing it by the time they had crossed the bridge.
By Franklin Blvd, with Hayward Field in sight, Shoe surged and
now had a full step on OG. Those of us Hacker’s riding our bikes
(Steve Bean, KC Taylor and Ken Vendley) were amazed at how these
two great runners were battling.
knew what was coming: If he couldn’t create enough separation
on a track guy before the track, it was over.
could only watch as OG pressed through the Bowerman Curve for
the best Flintstone Finish on 10K Truth since the days of Boz,
Rage & Taylor at the Rhody Run, finishing on the Siuslaw High
School Track in similar, but less spectacular fashion.
- Orestes Gutierrez , Personal Best)!
BAM (1:11:17 - Orin
Schumacher, Personal Best)!
Bam wasn’t done. Cause here come some more Eugene Hacker’s:
Josh Masterson - 1:18
Larry Coxe – 1:27 (Personal Best)
Gordon Cully – 1:28
Kyle Gee - 1:28
Todd Bosworth - 1:29
Hacker Eugene Marathon Finishers:
Sarah Lloyd: 3:03 (First marathon!)
Tod Harris: 3:17
Race Report: 2007 Eugene Marathon
Oregon - A start at the front doorstep of Pre’s house? Warm up
loops on the same surface where legends have run and 2008 Olympians
get any better than that?
it does. Especially when you add Boomer, K.C., The Bavarian, T-Bone,
the Endorpheinds, Coop, Josh, The Rage and everyone else that
finally got to sleep in their own beds the night before a marathon...which
hasn’t happened since 1982 in this town.
best part is none of us had to mortgage our homes to do it, like
race director Richard Maher did, to bring a marathon to this city
and thereby erase one of the few blemishes on the resume of the
otherwise undisputed running capitol of the planet.
did we have to get up at 3:00 a.m. to set up the course or help
keep 1,500 people alive who would be spending a good portion of
their Sunday doing the equivalent of running darn near to Drain,
Oregon as the crow flies from Hayward Field.
Or if you’re
not interested in getting flushed down some drain, and are not a
crow, how about just running to Crow…just west of Eugene, which
is about half that distance? That’s what 2,000 of the rest of us
would be doing.
find out who would have made it to Drain…or who may have felt like
they got hung up in the plumbing somewhere along the way….
Rage, Boomer and The Barvarian would be opting for the half marathon,
with The Rage having a few demons to exorcise from a blow up earlier
in the year at this distance.
an aspiring 51 year old would be making his half marathon debut.
else would be running the marathon…or, if you asked some of them…the
“Varsity” race…leaving the unspoken (or, in some cases LOUDLY spoken)
assumption that the half marathon would be for the “J.V.” Hmmm…..
you have it. The fire had been lit….and they were off!
It was a
scene that will undoubtedly be repeated for many years to come:
A throng of runners the full width of Agate Street, taking a hard
right on East 15th…onto Fairmount Boulevard…and then down East 19th
Avenue…amidst a gauntlet of screaming Eugeneans!
printed on all the bib numbers, runners found themselves wondering
if they were really that popular. In my case, I actually started
to think my self inflated existence created on 10kTruth was…actually,
uh….real…and, worse yet…legitimate. Suddenly it was as if I was
really famous. Hearing all those “Go Rage” calls was sort of like
being on stage, trying to belt out another tune with a 17 year old
trying to rip the shirt right off my back.
But I didn’t
feel nearly as famous as Todd Bosworth did, who had one runner seriously
ask him if he was the mayor as we came down Amazon Parkway.
it might have been easy to dream I pumped out CD’s for a living,
Boz jolted me back into reality by continuing to put the hurt on
The Rage as we headed up 19th toward “The Pit” (e.g. MacArthur Court,
just west of Hayward Field…another legendary facility on the UO
Campus, where the Ducks made an amazing run toward an Elite 8 appearance
in this year’s NCAA Tournament).
marathoners would be co-mingled with the marathoners for about 11
miles, and Boz and I were running with a pack of elite women’s marathoners,
which by itself was really humbling. These women were kicking our
asses and they’d be running twice as far.
So, it was
time to suck it up and get to work. An opening 10k at 39:06 wasn’t
bad, but it felt like it had been too much work and I knew the next
few miles wouldn’t be pretty.
next three definitely weren’t. It wasn’t till the JV course hooked
back down river toward the barn that I started to get a bounce back
into my stride again and acknowledging all of my screaming fans.
In the marathon,
things weren’t even getting started yet. Taylor was still able to
speak, which was undoubtedly a shame for young Josh Masterson, given
the randomness of the spew pattern. Cully was still right there
as was T-Bone. Coop was turning it over doing his thing…and the
Bavarian was already done.
In just under 80 minutes, Thomas had covered 13.1 miles for 19th
place overall. The Rage followed several minutes
later along with former UO great Jim Hill, Ken Prehoda, Todd Bosworth
and, hitting his called number almost on the button with a 1:27
:15… Mr. Larry Coxe.
we all settled back and waited for The Varsity…but they wouldn’t
be coming along anytime soon…26.2 miles is kind of a long ways….so,
I hopped on the bike and went back to see what was going on at the
aid station at mile 23.5. The first one through was Taylor. While
all talked out by that point, he was down to sign language, repeatedly
flashing three fingers and pointing down after each gesture to Tom
Bascom (scratch entry – broken foot) taking it all in on crutches.
Translation: sub-3:00. At least he felt like he was still in the
It was going
to be close.
with Ken Vendley back at the finish as Taylor circled Autzen Stadium
for the final loop, all was could do was wait and watch and implore
him to get his sorry ass in gear as the official clock was now well
past 2:59. When he finally arrives, Taylor predictably didn’t miss
an opportunity for the dramatic, raising his arms and shouting “Boom
goes the dynamite!” as he finished in 2:59:50….the last runner to
break 3:00 hours.
Taylor’s heels was Joshua Masterson, running a personal best 3:01:37.
rest of The Truth, baby...
|Larry Coxe 1:27:15
||Gordon Cully 3:07:27
||Tom Williams 3:19:10
||Steve Cooper 3:42:00
|Ken Prehoda 1:24:16
||Jeff Walker 3:13:08
|Jim Hill 1:23:39
||Shelley York 3:57:21
|The Rage 1:23:21
||Tod Harris 3:16:32
||Scot Priaulx 3:27:32
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