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Snapshot of Siskiyou Challenge 2012

September 22nd, 2012 marked one of our favorite outdoor events of the year – the Siskiyou Challenge Relay Race. This community event, benefiting Rogue Valley Farm to School, hosted over 50 teams that competed in a six-leg, multi-sport relay. Over 250 racers ran, biked and kayaked their way all around Ashland, OR to the finish line in downtown Lithia Park.

This year, Standing Stone entered four teams comprised of 24 employees – our record participation! We made sure to take team photos so we could look back on all the great uniforms.

Team 1 – Let’s Get Physical:

Nick Blakeslee, Server – 13K road bike
Carolyn Stone, Server – 3K kayak
Brandon Schilling, Sustainability Coordinator – 31K road bike
Jackie Case, Server – 10K run
Ace Harvey, Line Cook – 14K mountain bike
Lindsay Wiegel , Server – 5K run

Team 2 – Stone Villagers:

Ismael Garcia Nava Jr., Line Cook – 13K road bike
Roberto Ambriz, Line Cook – 3K kayak
Javier Cruz-Paso, Manager – 31K road bike
Salvador Cruz-Paso, Lead Prep Cook – 10K run
Miguel Garcia Orosco, Line Cook – 14K mountain bike
Alex Amarotico, Co-owner – 5K run

Team 3 – Half Pints:

Danielle Amarotico, Co-owner – 13K road bike
Marina Spelletich-Pecoraro, Server – 3K kayak
Melza Quinn, Manager – 31K road bike
Laura Pfister, Server – 10K run
Matt Nunes, Server – 14K mountain bike
Ashley Nunes, Graphic Designer – 5K run

Team 4 – Out of Towners:

David Conley, Server – 13K road bike
Michael Nelson, Server – 3K kayak
Josh Nielsen, Server – 31K road bike
David Kramer, Server – 10K run
Elliot Stone, Server – 14K mountain bike
Katie Rinaker, Server – 5K run

The entrance fees for this family-friendly race went to Rogue Valley Farm to School, a local organization that connects classrooms with farms through  hands-on farm visits and in-class lessons, as well as bringing local foods into school cafeterias. This is one of our favorite Southern Oregon nonprofits and we’re thrilled to be a part of this organization’s fun, athletic event!

We also had Standing Stone employees pouring cold beer and lemonade and serving sack lunches at the finish line for all the racers. This year, we sweetened our offerings with caramel apples for the finishers of the 1.4 mile Fun Run, too. Other food sponsors for the race included Rogue Valley Roasting Company, serving early morning coffee and treats, and the Ashland Food Co-op, making sure the racers were well-fed at the pre-race dinner at Emigrant Lake.

Be sure to let the coordinators know how much you enjoyed the event if you were there. We had a full day of great exercise, team work and good old-fashioned fun, and you’ll see us at the Siskiyou Challenge again next year!

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