Rose Logan-Surgeon, a 47-year-old marathon veteran and Portland resident, said she jumped at the opportunity to race in her childhood hometown when she first learned about the Bend Marathon and Half last year. But when the event date was set for the weekend after the Boston Marathon, one of the highlights of the amateur running year, there was only one solution: run both.
“I just wanted to be part of the inaugural race. It’s exciting, because most of the time when people say they’re running a marathon in Bend, they’re really running in Sunriver,” said Logan-Surgeon, who said she has completed 32 full marathons. “Just running through all my old neighborhoods and old stomping grounds, it was really cool. I loved this one; it’s one of my favorites, for sure.”
Logan-Surgeon was one of several women who ran the Boston Marathon last Monday and returned to Oregon to race another 26.2 miles in Bend on Sunday.
More than 1,000 competitors ran in the half marathon on Sunday, while nearly 250 complete the marathon.
“I’m feeling it today,” said Logan-Surgeon, who followed up a sub-four hour race in Boston with a time of 4:03:37 in Bend. “For me, now that I live in the Willamette Valley, just coming up to elevation, I definitely was feeling that, especially (running toward Mount Bachelor). That uphill was pretty difficult. And then coming around Tetherow was a little more hilly.”
Still, Logan-Surgeon said she has tried more grueling ordeals than running in Boston and Bend back-to-back.
“I’ve actually run four marathons in four days before,” she said. “This was a little bit better.”
Unlike some of the distance fiends in the field, the women’s marathon winner, Kayla Lloyd, was running in just her second marathon. The 26-year-old Spokane, Washington, resident crossed the finish line at 3:09:32, nearly five minutes ahead of Bend’s Charmion Freifeld, the second-place finisher.
“My goal was basically just to set a PR (personal record). I had run a 3:13 back in October last year, and so I was just trying to hit that time,” Lloyd said. “Wherever the place came, the place came.”
Like Logan-Surgeon, Lloyd said she chose to run the Bend Marathon because of personal ties to the region.
“I grew up in Hood River, Oregon, so Bend is a place I’ve always loved,” Lloyd said. “It’s close enough that my parents could come, my dad (Jeff Lloyd) actually ran the half, so it’s a family thing.”
Andrew Catalano, 28, of Hayward, California, took home the men’s marathon title with a time of 2:39:56. Bend’s Brandon Drake, 35, was the runner-up, finishing in 2:44:22. Another Californian, 34-year-old Ian Sharman, of Walnut Creek, won the half marathon in 1:19:31, and Heather Stephens, a 25-year-old from Seattle, was the first woman to finish the half at 1:25:48.
If there is such a thing as an “easy” marathon course, Lloyd and many of her fellow runners agreed the Bend route would not be one of them.
“It was a really good course, a tough course — very hilly, a lot of hills. But other than that, it’s hard to complain with how beautiful this area is,” said Lloyd. “Everyone was so great, and there were people all over the course yelling and cheering for you.”
Race organizer Kerry Loehr said the race — which included more than 1,300 runners and nearly 200 volunteers — was relatively hiccup-free.
“For a first-year event, you usually have some snafus, but it went fairly smoothly,” Loehr said. “We have every intention of bringing this back and making it an even bigger success (next year).”
But not every competitor seems to have caught the running bug. Riley Protz, a 21-year-old Oregon State student from Gresham, said this marathon was his first — and likely his last.
“I have a friend who told me he wanted to run a marathon in January, and I said, ‘All right,’” said Protz, who finished the race in 3:55. “It was hard: My goal was to finish under four hours, and I did, so that was nice.
“My mom used to run marathons, and she said ‘I hope you get hooked into it,’ but it’s not for me. I put it on my bucket list, and I wanted to do it, and now I’ve done it.”
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