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Local wins service award — Bob Bruce, head swim coach for Central Oregon Masters Aquatics (COMA), has received the United States Masters Swimming’s inaugural Open Water Service Award for “building and promoting excellence in USMS Open Water Swimming.” Bruce, who was chosen as the USMS national coach of the year in 2003, is a longtime member of the USMS Long Distance and Open Water committees and has served as the Oregon Masters Swimming Long Distance committee chairman since 2001. He also serves as event director for all COMA open water swims, including the Cascade Lakes Swim Series & Festival at Elk Lake, west of Bend.


Cascade Lakes Relay registration set — Registration for the 2014 Cascade Lakes Relay will take place Oct. 1-5, with the use of a weighted lottery registration system. Cost for the event ranges from $300 for high school teams to $1,500 for full running squads. For more information, go to


Bend club wins in rout — The Bend Rugby Club Roughriders rolled past the Oregon Sports Union on Sept. 21, 99-7 at High Desert Middle School in Bend. Mike Hunter led Bend with 42 points on four tries and 11 conversions. Tom Quinn added three tries in the Pacific NW Rugby Union match. The win put the Roughriders’ record at 2-0 in league play and 3-2 overall.

Roller derby

Roller Dolls open season with round-robin event — Bend’s Lava City Roller Dolls kick off the 2013-14 season Saturday with a three-team round-robin event at the Cascade Indoor Sports Center. Roller Doll affiliates Moulin Bruise, the Nerve Agents and 12 Gauge Rage will take turns playing one another. A junior derby is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the first bout starting at 6 p.m. For more information, go to


Locals podium at Bend Rock Gym competition — Bend Endurance Academy had eight climbers record top-three finishes at the Bend Rock Gym’s Fall Fever American Bouldering Series on Sept. 21, including four winners. Riley Joyce (female, 17-18 years old), Tristan Helmich (male, 15-16) and Iris Flattery (female, 13-14) all took first in their respective divisions.


Bend athletes complete Ironman — A pair of Bend residents finished the Ironman Lake Tahoe on Sept. 22. Mark Douglas finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 14 hours, 4 minutes and 44 seconds, placing 114th in the 45-49 men’s division and 825th overall. Chris Egertson turned in a time of 14:35:41, taking 193rd in the 40-44 men’s category and 971st overall.