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Standing Stone’s David Conley Races His Way to XTERRA World Championships

At Standing Stone, we’re enthusiastic about supporting employee health and wellness – healthy employees make happy employees! In the past year, we’ve shined the spotlight on some star participants in our healthy living incentive program, including Lindsey Holy, instructor of our employee yoga classes, and triathlete, David Conley, whom we’re sponsoring in his XTERRA World Championship quest. We’re also proud of our bike commuter program and several events we sponsor and participate in that support employee and community well-being, including the Bike to Work Week, the Bike Commuter Challenge, the Spring Thaw bike race, the Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Run and the Siskiyou Challenge.

David just met the standard for the XTERRA World Championships, and finished second place in his age group, at an XTERRA qualifying race in Whistler, BC, Canada. We’re really excited and proud that his training and dedication really paid off!

He’s now headed to the XTERRA Worlds in Maui, HI on October 23rd. This is the world’s premier off-road triathlon, with biking and running on rough terrain and swimming in the open ocean. David will compete against 550 other top amateurs and pros for the title of XTERRA World Champion. Congratulations, David!

We caught up with David and asked him to tell us a bit about how he’s feeling after his latest accomplishment and what keeps him moving toward his race in Hawaii.

How does it feel to qualify for the World Championships?

Awesome! It was a goal I had set in the beginning of the year and it feels great to have achieved it!

Can you share some highlights about the races you’ve done for your qualifying quest? 

Oh man, it’s been an interesting season. The first race of the year was great for me because I was able to finish a bit ahead of the top female pro, Melanie McQuiad. The race at Whistler for the Canadian Championships was by far the most epic. It was the best single track I’ve ever ridden, and we got to race on it!  Also, before that race I had been working a lot on my swim, and ended up having my fastest mile swim yet. Its been a great season.

You overcame a challenging injury this season. How did you heal and stay in shape?

I stayed positive and listened to the doctors. As soon as I was able to get back into training, I did. It absolutely threw a monkey wrench into the plans. It just makes going to Maui this year so much sweeter.

What has kept you motivated to reach your goal of qualifying?

Knowing that I’m really not the fastest guy in my age group. I want to be the fastest!

To stay tuned with David’s progress, training and results at the XTERRA Worlds in October, you can follow his blog. We’ll be sure to post more updates as well. Or, stop by the restaurant and cheer him on in person – we are!

~Photos courtesy of David Conley

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Standing Stone Fuels Employee’s Quest for Xterra World Championship

David (on right) at the lake. (Photo courtesy David Conley)

At Standing Stone, we believe that supporting employee health is the right thing to do, and it makes for happier employees. In August 2009, we took our first big leap into employee wellness incentives by purchasing commuter bikes for employees who promise to bike to work at least 45 times in a year. In 2010, we teamed up with Standing Stone server and yoga instructor, Lindsey Holy, to offer free weekly yoga classes for all employees.

When Standing Stone server and triathlete, David Conley, came to us with a proposal to sponsor his quest to qualify for the XTerra World Championships, we were happy to support another team member’s passions for a healthy lifestyle. We asked David to share his story and some tips for others who enjoy challenging themselves through  recreational sports.

What are your goals and motivations?

My goal this year is to qualify for the XTerra World Championship in Maui and compete among the top amateurs in the country. Long term, I’d like to turn pro and be competitive on that level. My motivations are the competition, the healthy lifestyle, all the new places I get to see and ride and, most of all, the friendships I make along the way. After every race it is like your family grows by two or three members!

What’s your racing schedule this season?

This season there are 8-10 races I plan to compete in. I’ve already participated in the Xterra Real in Folsom Lake, Sacramento where I finished 6th overall. Then I raced in the Xterra South Central Championship in Waco, Texas and finished 49th overall. My next race is May 15th in Santa Cruz. If I place high enough in the next few races this summer, I’ll qualify for the Xterra World Championships.

Where do you train for your races?

Most my training gets done right in my backyard here in Southern Oregon. I’m extremely fortunate to live where I do and have access to such great trails. I spend a lot of time pedaling up to Four Corners (above Ashland) and bombing down. I also really enjoy climbing the White Rabbit trail. (Ashland, OR trail maps here.) Recently, I have been putting in some hours on my road bike, and my favorite ride is up the Greensprings Highway. For swimming, a lot of my time is spent at the YMCA in Ashland, but once the water at Emigrant Lake warms up to about 60 degrees I’ll be doing open water swims. Also, Applegate Lake is a great place to train for swimming, mountain biking and trail running.

(Photo courtesy of David Conley)

Man, nothing beats Standing Stone’s teriyaki ribs with sweet potato fries. I come in to Standing Stone for those even when I’m not working out or on the clock. When I’m there, I also like a “Wolfhound,” which is a favorite that one of our regular customers created with the Noble Stout and Oatmeal Stout mixed half and half. And, of course, water, water, water.

Daivd will be keeping his fans up to date on his racing progress through his blog.  You can also get updates on our Standing Stone Facebook page and twitter feed as we’ll post his progress throughout the summer.  Be sure to wish him luck whenever you stop by the restaurant!

Standing Stone Places 6th in Siskiyou Challenge Relay Race!

Last Saturday, as the sun rose at 6:45am, the Standing Stone crew gathered at the inaugural Siskiyou Challenge, a multi-sport relay benefitting Rogue Valley Farm to School.

Clad in running shorts with kayaks and bikes in tow, five of our athletic and energetic employees collected in a pre-race huddle with supporting coworkers cheering around them.

Fifty three teams participated in this five-leg relay race. The beneficiary, Rogue Valley Farm to School, is a great nonprofit that connects schools and farms through educational programs and farm-to-cafeteria partnerships. The scenic course covered 46 miles around Ashland and Talent across land and water, touring farms, orchards, lakes and parks.

The weather and course were beautiful, the volunteers were amazing and we had a blast sharing the day with the rest of the participants and community. Team Standing Stone huffed and puffed and came in 6th overall with a time of 4:05:59!

Here is run down of the course and our participants for each:

  • 11K run – Rob Koning
  • 3K kayak course – Mike DuBois
  • 25 mile road bike – Brandon Schilling
  • 9.5 mile mountain bike – David Conley
  • 5K run – Gina Velando

Racers crossed the finish line at ScienceWorks to enjoy good food, live music and the company of their teammates, fellow racers and supporters. Treats at the post-race festival included baked goods from Ashland Food Cooperative, coffee and pastries from  Rogue Valley Roasting Co and handmade ice cream in fresh waffle cones from Artik Creamery. Standing Stone was a lead sponsor and provided a free post-race meal and beer to all participants, of course using lots of local food.

We were thrilled to participate in the Siskiyou Challenge, both as a racing team and as a sponsor since we’re a long time supporter of RVF2S. We want to thank RVF2S for the great race and all the participants for a huge turnout. Siskiyou Challenge, we’ll see you next year and we hope to see an even bigger turnout at this great event!