Two Way Torture Test
|Fifty-six runners participated
in the 29th Two-Way Torture Test on Saturday,
a unique event in which two individuals each run a half-marathon in opposite
directions and then combine their times.
The 13.1-mile course started and ended at the Pump House Restaurant, where
one team runner proceeded around Chena Ridge clockwise and the other went
counter-clockwise. The team Masters Trying to Avoid Disaster (Roger Sayre
and Mark Lindberg) posted the fastest overall time of 2 hours, 42 minutes
and 40 seconds to win the men’s division.
Maize & Green (Laura Brosius and Matias Saari) claimed the co-ed division
in 2:46:51 while Blondee (Jane LeBlond and Dee Daniels) took the women’s
division in 3:13:29. Among individuals, Kevin Brinegar and Saari clocked
the quickest circuit of 1:16:35. They went counter-clockwise, taking a long
gradual climb up Chena Ridge followed by a steep descent.
Mark Lindberg was third in 1:19:05 and the fastest to travel clockwise.
Brosius, in 1:30:16, was the speediest woman, followed by Jane LeBlond
(1:32:30) and Kristen Rozell (1:36:17). Greg Finstad (1:34:53) ran with an
arm in a sling and was among four members of his family to participate.
Anne Niebler and Niwu Webster (Kodiak Xtra-Tufs) came all the way from the
Because of traffic concerns on Chena Pump and Chena Ridge roads, the event — one of the oldest and toughest on the local running calendar — could be canceled next year or moved to Goldstream Valley, race director Rob Solomon said.