A team of former Linfield College and Whitworth University runners broke the long-standing course record during the Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay last weekend.
The team, which included Scott Pinske, Chris McIsaac, Cameron Chester, Eric Weinbender and Tyler Dudley, all of the Portland area, covered the 67-mile course in 6 hours, 17 minutes and 41 seconds.
The group, which averaged 5:38 per mile on the route, includes several big hills and broke the record set in 1997, the year the relay started using its current format.
The team that held the record was a four-man team — most squads have five runners — and included former North Bend standout Jason Young and marathon champion Ric Sayre of Ashland.
The Pirate Kitties won by nearly an hour and 50 minutes over Stranger Danger, a coed team that finished in 8:07:05. Last year’s champion, the Portland area team City Folk, was third in 8:12:58.
The top South Coast team was the Bandon family group 3G (Running Strong Three Generations Long) that included eighth-grade twins Sailor and Hunter Hutton, their parents Brent and Tricia and their grandfather Tom Brown. They finished fourth overall in 8:14:57, a little under two minutes faster than Jello Legs, which included Lawrence Cheal of North Bend, Alysha Beck of Coos Bay, Doug Veysey of Myrtle Point, John Gunther of Coquille and former Marshfield runner Aaron Miller, who now lives in Seattle.
The Bay Area team Fit with Grit, which included Laurie Sevier, Tracy Heley and Deborah Rudd of North Bend, along with Karen Matson and Janet Holland of Coos Bay, set a female grandmasters division record with its time of 9:10:32.
Sweet Cheeks won the female open division for the second straight year. The team included Jen Ellis, Jeanne Lemerande and Sabrina Belletti of Bandon, along with former Pacific High School athletes Cora Wahl and Natalie Manning of Langlois.
The mixed submaster division was won by Scurvy Dogs, which included Gene and Amarissa Wooden of Coos Bay, Jason Richardson of North Bend and Juan and Cynthia Chavez of Seattle.
The Director’s Award, presented to the team that comes closest to its predicted time, went to You Run Like a Girl, which includes former Coos Bay resident Chris Hinzmann. The group, which was 18 seconds off its predicted time, won the award for the third time in 12 years.
A total of 40 teams completed the Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay, while four walking teams completed the 23-mile LaVerne Park to Coos Bay event, held at the same time.
The fastest walking team was the Bandon-area group Women on the Move, which included Mary Strain, Shay Williams, Peggy Staten and Priscilla Westen.
The event is a fundraiser for Camp Millennium, which provides an outdoor recreation experience for children living with cancer.
Results are included in the Community Scoreboard section.