Watershed moment

See photos of Saturday's second annual Lithia Loop Marathon at dailytidings.com.

USA Track & Field, the governing body of the sport, has awarded the Lithia Loop Marathon the designation of National Trail Marathon Championship race for 2009 and 2010.

The course boasts a whopping 4,700 feet of elevation gain, topping out at 5,100 above sea level near Horn Gap. The Ashland watershed course includes 21 miles of dirt roads, four miles of trails and one mile of paved roads. Though the finish-line temperatures were in the 40s, some runners reported snow flurries near the course's high spots.

The race was managed by Rogue Valley Runners.

For complete race results, go to roguevalleyrunners.blogspot.com.

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