By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
June 24, 2006
The Mt. Hood Scramble is not for the faint of heart. It is not for the typical 10K road runner, the evening stroller, or the weak of knees. It does not take place on a well-groomed trail, over gentle rolling hills or a mapped-out street course. It is, in short, not for sissies.
The Mt. Hood Scramble is a muddy, messy, rough and tumble six-or-so-mile dash that zig-zags up the White River, across rocks and boulders, through snow and brush and to the finish line at White River Sno Park.
This year the scramble brought more than 200 competitors to the mountain on Sunday from around the Northwest. The race is organized by X-Dog Events, which puts on similarly unorthodox races throughout Oregon and Washington.
“It was a crazy-fun outing,” commented local participant and photographer Scott McMullen. “This type of race attracts an interesting crazy group of runners, and once you try one, you are hooked.”
In all, 218 participants finished the Mt. Hood Scramble, turning White River Sno Park into something of an ant hill for the day. By the end of the scramble, participants were soaked from head to toe, covered in mud, and smiling from ear to ear.
X-Dog Events compare to what are known as Hash runs. Someone familiar with the race area sets a course ahead of time, which most often zig-zags, weaves and winds its way through the roughest, ugliest terrain in the area. A handful of participants are serious about completing the course as fast as possible. For the rest, the goal is simply to finish without bloody shins and thorny backsides. Once everyone has finished, socializing, eating, drinking, singing, cutting-loose and various other shenanigans often follow.
Another X-Dog event in the area is the McCubbins Gulch Scramble. The event will take place July 9, at the McCubbins Gulch Recreation Area outside of Tygh Valley.
The X-Dog description of the race is: “It covers around six miles, but it will seem like more. There are some gnarly up-hills, some bone-jarring down-hills, some real pokey sticks, and probably a little barb wire. If your smile is getting bigger, and your eyes were big to begin with, then you ought to do this mother. You will get wet, you will get dirty, and you might bleed a little too. If you are quivering and sniveling, stay home and watch the Sound of Music.”
For more information, photos or to register for the McCubbins Gulch Scramble, visit:
Local Mt. Hood Scramblers:
19th Bryan McGeeney
66th Judith Duffy
71st Greg Davis
79th Brian Hughes
81st Jon Banks
85th Erin Kenneally
102nd Kate Gordon
126th Robert Andrews
128th Jane Wright
181st Denise Baker
212th Gavin McIlvenna
213th Alex Scott