The Pole, Pedal, Paddle was a bit different this year. Instead of the normal cross-country ski leg, the PPP had to switch things up on account of their being so little snow at the top of Mount Bachelor. Thus, a 2.5 mile Nordic trail run took its place, and as a result, numbers at this year’s event were down. Still, the event itself was a blast, and team Rob Schneider’s #1 was in fine form. In addition to winning first in our division, we were the runner’s up in this year’s costume awards. Looking at the photos, you may understand why.
Who knew unicorns and rainbows could be such a hit? Numerous middle-aged women asked to take a picture with us throughout the post-race festivities, with the ubiquitous question: “Where did you get those ridiculous onesies?”, and we even had a few little girls muster up the courage to run up to our group and say, “I like your unicorn costumes,” and then run away. By the end of the day, we’d developed a small cult following.
Overall, the event was a huge success, and both an exhilarating and relaxing way to spend a weekend in Bend. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.
The morning after, as everyone else recovered from the previous night’s festivities, I got up and head out on a 20 mile ride around the Juniper Trailhead, 2 miles from Eagle Crest Resort.