For many years, the Mastondon 10-ish miler was the early season race that got everyone out of their winter slumber and into their trail shoes. Managed by Dave Thomason (aka Super Dave) of SuperFit Productions, the Mastondon was one of the best trail running vibes for several years. The “after-party” was always worthy, and it was always interesting to see how many people came into the finish with blood running down their knees (don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds).
This year, the Mastondon race is still on, but it has been recently picked up by the amazing folks at Footzone Bend, as Dave takes a break from race organization. While it’s true that any change in the RD can sometimes be chaotic, this one feels like it couldn’t have happened any better. The Footzone peeps are already managing events, and their staff is full of top notch athletes and people who care deeply about the running community. As a former Central Oregon resident and Mastondon alum, I am excited for this year’s event!
For those who have not run this race, it is a 10-ish mile loop course, featuring 100% singletrack that rolls by juniper trees, sage brush and lava rock. There is hardly any elevation gain and allows for fast times. There is a section that overlooks the Deschutes River, which is stunning, and the trail winds along much like the river itself.
The race starts and ends at the Maston Trail Head off Newcomb Road, which is just off Cline Falls Road between Bend and Redmond. Expect some yummy post race food and Cascade Lakes beer after you finish. I hear you might even catch Dave out there too!
When: Sunday, March 5th. Race starts at 9am.
Where: Maston Trail Head – Tumalo, Oregon