Andrew Boone, 30, of Bend won the Men's Elite title in the Pole, Pedal, Paddle, but there were many winners in different age categories. One of the more impressive victors is Ernie Gilpin. The 75 year old Bend man won first place in the new 75 and Older Division, because he's the first 75 year old to run the race: “It's the very, very first time in the history of the 35 year Pole, Pedal, Paddle they added the category. Because the highest had always been 70 and up. But when I got to be 75, I called and said there ought to be a category.” Ernie was the only participant in the 75 and Older Category. He did the Alpine and Nordic skiing, biked for 22 miles, kayaked for two and a half miles and sprinted a half mile. Gilpin says he runs about two and half miles every day. He says he's not the fastest, but he's still out there doing it.
A record number of competitors for the 35th annual "Pole Pedal Paddle" that just wrapped up this weekend.
3200 racers, half of them from out of town, skied, rafted the river, biked and ran. Molly Kelley with the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation says the weather was pleasant, not too hot for racers and there were no accidents: “What's cool is it just continues to give bend great exposure and our sponsors great exposure. i know its great for our local economy. A lot of people in the past, this was the first time they've come here and they bought horses. We just hope that trend continues.” The kids ran their own "Pole, Pedal, Paddle" Sunday in the Old Mill District. A record number of first through sixth graders participated, more than 200.