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 The very first Just Around the Bend Marathon in Central Oregon

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Just around 2 hours, 30 minutes

The Bulletin
By Mark Morical
October 11, 2004

Uli Steidl and Trisha Rosenberg were content to spend a nice, relaxing weekend together in Central Oregon — and each win a marathon during their stay.

On Sunday, Steidl was the top men's finisher in the inaugural Just Around the Bend Marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 29 minutes and 59 seconds. Rosenberg, his girlfriend,
was the fastest woman, finishing in 3:01:22.

Steidl and Rosenberg live in Shoreline, Wash., but they haven't had much time together since Rosenberg became an assistant cross-country coach at the University of
Portland this fall.

"Part of the reason we came here was so we could spend a weekend together," Steidl said, shortly after receiving a big hug from Rosenberg near the finish line in Bend's
Drake Park.

The couple has come close in the past to each winning the same marathon. Steidl won the Seattle Marathon five years in a row from 1999 to 2003, and Rosenberg was the
second-place female two of those years.

"We finally both won," Rosenberg said. "I knew Uli could, but I had no idea about myself. I just wanted to finish in the top three."

Steidl, 32, has also won the Vancouver (British Columbia) Marathon the last five years. He was 19th at the New York Marathon in 2003.

Steidl's stiffest competition on Sunday came from Bend's Max King, who finished second in 2:32:33 in his first ever marathon. The two runners were together in front from the start until about the 19-mile mark, when Steidl began pulling away. He continued to stretch his lead until the finish.

"Once I had a gap, I knew if I kept the pace I would have it," said Steidl, who ran cross country and track for the University of Portland. "He (King) was running strong. That's a good effort for his first marathon."

King said he was happy with his finish but started feeling the pain of 26.2 miles near the end of the race.

"My strategy was just to hang on to him (Steidl) as long as I could," King said. "I made it to 20 miles. I felt really awful the last two miles. I felt like walking. But I feel like
2:32 is good for this course."

It certainly wasn't an easy route. The course began in downtown Bend, taking runners north on a scenic loop through Tumalo — with several daunting hills between miles 12 and 18 — before finishing back in Bend at Drake Park.

"People talked about how hilly the Athens marathon course was," Steidl said, "but I think this is definitely tougher."

King said he didn't mind the hills.

"I like that better than a flat course. It's nice to mix it up," said King, 24, an avid triathlete who last month won his age group at the Xterra Off-Road Triathlon USA

Tim Julian of Ashland finished third in the marathon (2:36), and Steve Schaefer of Silverton was fourth (2:37:31). Juan Martinez of Salem came in fifth (2:50:19).

In the women's competition, Rosenberg, 27, led from start to finish, winning by nearly five minutes over Kami Semick of Bend (3:06:05).

"I ran by myself a lot," Rosenberg said, "but that's OK. I like the hills, and the course is absolutely beautiful."

Rosenberg finished eighth overall among men and women. A rower during her college days at the University of Washington, Rosenberg has been a competitive runner for
only four years. Fresh off her first marathon victory, she was convinced that she could still improve.

"You're never really happy," Rosenberg said. "Once you do something, you want to get faster. I'm happy with this, but I have a long way to go."

The 26.2 miles barely took a toll on Semick, an ultra-distance runner who is accustomed to races of 50 or 100 miles. It was her first marathon in 10 years, and she set a
personal record.

"This was short and fast," said Semick, 38, who was 11th overall among men and women. "The course was awesome. There were tons of spectators and tons of people
cheering. You don't get that in ultra runs."

Andrea Loscalzo was the third woman to finish, recording a time of 3:09:44. Jennifer Sventek of Bend was fourth (3:17:15) and Amy Petersen of Bend took fifth (3:21:05).

Bambi Will, co-director of the Just Around the Bend Marathon, was thrilled with the number of entrants for the first-year event. About 200 runners competed.

"This exceeded our expectations," Will said. "Being a new event, it's hard to know how many people we would get."

A 10-kilometer event was also part of Sunday's race package. The 10K started in downtown Bend and finished in Drake Park. Sean Nixon of Bend was the top runner,
finishing in 32:17. Michael Thompson of Wynantskill, N.Y., was second (37:39). In the women's 10K competition, Colleen Pallari of Corvallis took first (40:34), followed by
Teri Sheasby of Bend (41:02).

Steidl and Rosenberg said they will continue training for cross-country races, adding that they will likely both compete in the Seattle Marathon again on Nov. 28. They train
together when they can.

Steidl said both he and Rosenberg were confident coming into the Just Around the Bend Marathon, but Rosenberg had some nerves during registration.

"It's a fairly small race, and we thought we both had a shot at winning," Steidl said. "Trisha was nervous when we registered. Somebody said there was going to be some
national-class runners here. We wondered, ‘Are they talking about us, or other people?' "

If they weren't talking about the winning marathon couple, they should have been.


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