Race Mini-Preview: 2015 Bandersnatch 5K

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In Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll wrote, "No use! No use!' said the King. 'She runs so fearfully quick. you might as well try to catch a Bandersnatch!" Now, I don't know if Carroll's "frumious Bandersnatch" has been seen in the Ashland area, but the inaugural Bandersnatch 5K will be run on the Bandersnatch Trail. This new trail race is a fundraiser for the Ashland Woodland and Trails Association (AWTA.)

This course is described as not being flat, fast, or easy. However, it is said to be a good trail race for both beginning and experienced trail runners. The single track trail has multiple switchbacks and over 800 feet of elevation gain. “The course is approximately 1.7 miles of plush, recently constructed single track, 1.2 miles of fire road and 0.7 miles of paved road.” Racers will start near the parking area of the reservoir in Lithia Park.

Bandersnatch 5K Course Map

Participants must be able to complete the course in 1 hour and 15 minutes. This seems easy enough, but apparently the uphill portion is slow going. The good news is that you should be able to make up some time on the second half which is downhill. All finishers will receive a “trucker hat.”

Parking near the starting area is limited, so racers are encouraged to carpool and/or park in Lithia Park and walk a mile or two to the start.

Badnersnatch 5K Details

Date: Saturday, November 14

Time: 8:00 A.M.

Location:  Ashland, OR

Race Price: $20

Race Website: Click Here


About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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