Flora Sets Record in Pilot Butte Challenge

FasterSkierSeptember 29, 20093

Olympian Lars Flora set a new course record in the 2009 Pilot Butte Challenge in Bend, Oregon.  The race is a 1.2 mile event with 500 feet of vertical gain.  Flora unseated Brett Holtz, a Pac-10 Steeplechase and All-America runner in college from the all-time top spot, posting a time of 7:10, 10 seconds faster than Holtz’s mark.

Cross-country skiers dominated the top of the field, with the US Ski Team’s Torin Koos finishing second in a time of 7:20, setting a new record in the 25-29 age group.  XC Oregon’s Zach Violett was fourth overall, just behind 2:20 marathoner Andy Martin.

On the women’s side, 13-year-old Piper McDonald set a new course record, besting Beckie Scott’s 2005 mark of 8:58 by nine seconds.  XC Oregon’s Evelyn Dong was second, breaking the 19-29 age group record by a full 30 seconds.  Her time was 9:00.

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  • patrickkidd

    September 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Way to go Lars. Go anaerobic fitness!

  • Mike Trecker

    September 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Did I read that right? 13 years old broke Beckie Scott’s time? Oh my!!

  • mitch

    September 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Really! The headline writer blew it on this one. Why is the headline trumpeting an Olympian breaking the men’s record by 10 sec? It ought to be calling attention to the 13-year-old breaking the women’s record by 9 sec! Somebody needs to recruit that kid to be a skier!

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