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Athlete dies while competing in the Pacific Crest Triathlon

Posted by bunchgrasser on July 2, 2008

I just heard about the tragic death at the Pacific Crest Triathlon in Sunriver. We’re all aware of the risks we take when pushing our bodies to the limit, but it is just so shocking when something like this happens.  

 Per Katie Braun’s, The Bulletin article:

Patrick Findlay, of Renton, Wash., was swimming in Wickiup Reservoir, the first leg of the three-stage race, when he suffered an unknown medical problem and swam to a nearby boat for help, said Sgt. Ronny Dozier of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. Volunteers helped Findlay onto a jet ski and took him to shore, where they attempted to resuscitate him.

Emergency personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Forest Service and La Pine emergency medical technicians were alerted at 9:40 a.m. and responded to the scene, but Dozier said Findlay was pronounced dead before he could be taken to the hospital.

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My Pacific Crest Half Marathon personal results

Posted by bunchgrasser on June 30, 2008

Ok, I’d like to write that I had a fabulous race this past weekend at the Pacific Crest Half Marathon in Sunriver, but that would not be an accurate representation of what actually happened. The truth is that I woke up in my Bend, OR hotel at 5:00am on race morning with stomach cramps and other assorted maladies. My condition unfortunately hadn’t improved much by the time the race started.

Now, I could have made the decision to skip the race, vowing to run another day when I felt better. But that would have been way too smart, beneficial and logical for a guy like me. I do have a history of making poor decisions out of sheer stubbornness. And, naturally I had to complete the race once I started to avoid the dreaded “DNF”.

Anyway, back to the race. As I left the starting area I kept my pace pretty slow. I was feeling pretty tentative and wasn’t sure how things were going to go. In truth, I was just hoping there would be a portable toilet at the 1 mile marker. I’ll spare everyone any further details, but let’s just say that I was well off my normal pace for the entirety of the race. According to my Garmin, I finished with a 2:06:xx. Official results haven’t been posted online as of yet.

I also noticed the effects of the higher elevation. At more than 4000 feet in elevation, Sunriver has thinner air than I’m used to in Portland. It wasn’t a huge difference, but I was huffing & puffing much earlier in the race than I would normally expect. I experimented with slower, deeper breaths which seemed to help.

The course around Sunriver was amazing! In fact, it was hands down my favorite of all the races that I’ve done. The first part of the course meanders through tall pines and juniper providing lots of shade. The ever-present crisp smell of sage jolts the senses. There were people stationed at nearly every cross street cheering everyone on. I even ran by several deer feeding along side the paved trail. The second half of the race takes you out into the sun along the river and near the stables & airport. The views were amazing, but the heat and direct sun were punishing.

The last mile took runners past the Sunriver lodge and then finished in the athlete’s village to the cheers of many. The small towel and water bottle were a nice touch, as was the invitation to duck into a cold shower. I headed straight for the food tent for some nourishment, a t-shirt and my finishers medal.

The organizers and volunteers deserve a huge pat on the back for putting on such a great race. I have nothing negative to say at all. This race is top notch and I truly look forward to coming back next year to redeem myself. In fact, to enjoy this event to the fullest – I’m thinking about renting a house in Sunriver for several days next year.




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