Race Preview: 2019 Lastest Not Fastest Trail Run (Bend)

There are so many traditional runs out there. The 2019 Lastest Not Fastest Trail Run in Bend is not one of them. It’s really refreshing when you find a new twist on the old sport, and who better to offer this than Go Beyond Racing? They always bring it and on October 19th, they’ll do it again.

If you were asked how long you could run, what would you say? If you’ve always wanted to find out the answer, it’s time to try this last-person standing trail race. The concept is pretty simple .. you’ll get exactly one hour to complete a 4.5 mile loop on the trails of the Tumalo Historic Canal Area. If you complete the loop within that hour, you get to go out and run it again. If you don’t, your race is complete. Runners will be sent out on that same loop every hour on the hour until there’s just one runner left.

If you’re one of those “slow and steady wins the race” kind of runners like me, this might be a great opportunity to see what you’re capable of. You don’t have to be fast. In fact, you should probably really work on pacing yourself for this one, but also remember that the sooner you finish each loop, the more time you get to rest before the next one starts. You might actually have to be a bit strategic with this event, and  you’ll want to be prepared to keep going as long as possible.

The course will offer you views of the Three Sisters mountains and is on pedestrian-only trails. It should be a beautiful course and even more so as the sun sets. Since the loops might play with your mind after awhile, it’s good to at least have pretty things to look at. The course travels counter clock-wise on the Lower Laidlaw Loop before turning onto the Whiskey Still Ridge trail. Hidden Pine Trail will lead you back to the Lower Laidlaw Loop to the start/finish area.

The aid station is located at the start/finish area and you’ll get a chance to have water, GU electrolyte drink and gels, PB&J sandwiches, cookies, chips, gummi bears, and fruit. There will also be warm veggie and meat broth available during the night, plus some other goodies throughout the event.

Crew is optional for this event, if you feel you want one. You can run this race self-supported due to the short loop nature of the event, but you are welcome to have a crew to support and motivate you.

The cost of the race is $150. There’s also an optional race shirt if you want to purchase that during registration. All participants, except the winner, will receive a special DNF award. The overall winner will receive sponsor prizes and there will also be prizes raffled off.

Come on out and give it your all!!!


What: 2019 Lastest Not Fastest Trail Run

When: Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 6:00AM

Where: Tumalo Canal Historical Area, Redmond, OR. Only one car per participant and carpooling is encouraged, as parking is tight.

Cost: $150

Register: Here 

Packet Pick-Up: FootZone in Bend on Oct 18th from 4:00PM to 7:00PM. Race day from 5:00AM to 5:45AM. Please be sure to bring your ID!

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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