Oskar Blues 4 Mile Road Race
The Oskar Blues 4 Miler was huge success, we had over 200 plus runners finish our inaugural event. I am very pleased with this years turn out. The weather was delightful, the course was perfect, the beer was cold.
I wish to give thanks to all sponsors, friends, law enforcement, family, Oskar Blues, and most importantly the volunteers. Thank you, Sincerely, "Bill Baldwin"
If you were at the event most of you got to meet or see former Olympian "John Tuttle", John was in the 1984 Olympic Marathon and has dominated American distance running for over 30 years. John mingled with the crowd and handed out awards. Thanks John.
This years male winner was from Blowing Rock N.C. "Peyton Hoyal" with a time of 20:42, followed by "Phillip Latter", with a time of 21:08. Third place was "Albert Harrison" from Boone, N.C. in 22:12. All three gentlemen won gift certificates to Foot Rx Running store in Arden, N.C. Peyton said "I will try my best to come back next year and run, it was a lot of fun".
The women's winner was "Emily Chaney" who drove from Huntington WV. to run a time of 23:46, followed by "Courtney Cooper" from Boone, N.C. who ran 25:22, and third place was "Karen Ostergaard " from Asheville. Emily stated, "I just loved the race, I wish you would find me a job I would move back", Emily is a very competitive athlete who used to live in Brevard, and wishes she was still here. Thanks Emlily.
Here is a link to some wonderful photos: Via: Steve Barker Thanks Steve
The Oscar Blues Four Miler this morning was a winner from every angle. Just an outstanding race, particularly considering it was aninaugural event. Parking for over 300 cars right near the start/finish. Accurate chip-in-bib timing and quick posting of results by StrictlyRunning. Great apres-race baked goods from the famous Bracken Bakery. And the race course - just terrific for an old guy like me who has trouble on the typical Asheville area hills, as this course was mostly flat with only two minor hills around the two mile mark. The finishing half mile was just a reversal of the start - easy to tell exactly where you were. Bill Baldwin did a great job as Race Director. I hope this race becomes an annual event and that Oscar Blues was happy with the turnout of over 200 starters.
And Race Directors in the area please take note: it is obviously possible to have very successful Sunday races in western NC.
Next year: As the year progresses we will update the site and give information about next years race. Feel free to make suggestions, and yes we will make it possible to have a beer afterwards. Thanks Everyone.
Please go to Strictlyrunning.com to look at Results.