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Summer Series race #4: The Backyard Half

A view from the trail along the Backyard Half course.

It’s hard to believe we are already three races into the 2013 TRL Summer Series (especially since I’ve only run one race myself so far), but race number four is fast approaching. The White Salmon Backyard Half is coming up on Saturday, June 15th, and man, is this a memorable event! Extremely scenic and challenging, this race will make a great impression on you (perhaps literally!) and leave you with an amazing sense of accomplishment.

Well-organized and affordable (free, with a suggested donation of $12 to the White Salmon Columbia High School cross-country team), the race offers some nice amenities too.  Last year there were some stylish Scott McMullen-designed T-shirts for sale (and a few colorful limited edition versions handed out to the top finishers), and some great grub in the park at the finish.  (If you want to know how tough this race is, I was too exhausted to partake of the abundant chocolate chip cookies until it was too late and they had already been gobbled up – 80% by Ben Flaata alone!) ;-)

The race begins in White Salmon, WA, at Rheingarten Park at N. Main Ave and N.W. Lincoln St. at 10:00am. (Hikers can set off at 8:30, if you have any non-running family or friends joining you).  Pre-race instructions begin at 9:50am.  Every runner must sign a waiver and present a notorized last will and testament (OK, I made up the part about the will, although it’s probably not a bad idea!)  Check the TRL message board in the days leading up to the race for information about carpooling and a post-race gathering at the local brew pub.

Even though the race is free, you still need to sign up.  To register online click HERE

For more information about the race, visit the Columbia Gorge Running Club’s website: White Salmon Backyard Half


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