Strava Segment of the Week: Upper Loop Roller at Battle Ground Lake State Park


I did not know there was a Battle Ground Lake State Park (in Washington), but now that I do, I want to go run there! It’s not a huge park; 280 acres, but there are 10 miles of hiking trails, and year-round camping.

This week’s segment, the “Upper Loop Roller,” has a solid uphill for a little more than a tenth of a mile and then a screaming downhill (from 760 feet to 670 feet) over the next two-tenths of a mile. It makes a partial loop around the northwest side of Battle Ground Lake. The entire segment is just 0.3 miles, and has only been attempted 37 times by 23 people.

Our Strava Segment from two weeks ago is the “Broadway Bridge Westbound” on the Race for the Roses Course. The men’s CR was broken by Richard Galindo and is now 1:11. The women’s CR stands with Jennifer Evans at 1:46 (it looks like Chelsea D’s CR was flagged and may have been on a bike). 55 new people have run this segment since we posted it two weeks ago.

As of April 6, 2017, the course records for the Upper Loop Roller are:

Women’s: Mollie Dowling from April 2016, 4:13

Men’s:  Phillip Trost from September 2016, 3:14

So, can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Friday, April 14 at noon to try and break the record and see your name in “lights” on Run Oregon! We’ll post a new Segment next Friday at 12.

Strava is an online training and racing log for runners and cyclists. The basic account is free and requires you to create a login. There is also a premium version, but in order to run and record routes as described in this post, you do not need to subscribe to their premium service. Note that this is not sponsored by Strava, nor endorsed or supported in any way by Strava. It’s just a fun thing we’re going to do to give some speedy shout-outs to area runners and pose a challenge to those of you willing to take on their segment. 

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