The 10th Anniversary Mt.Tabor to Sellwood Park Race went off without a hitch last Sunday May 25th, 2014. This race was originally a Portland Pusher Series course back in 2004. The PP series was a series of 10 cross-town races held between 2003 and 2008. The Tabor to Sellwood route was #4 and was the most popular and fun course having over 5 miles of slight to moderate downhill before the 3 mile flat finish on a bike path. In 2005 the course was adopted as the Annie Ross Race and held for 5 years with proceeds going to that homeless shelter in Portland. Then in 2011 I adopted the course and changed the charity to be a food raiser for Oregon Food Bank. The first 3 years we collected a total of 2300 pounds of food. And this year we collected 1836 pounds in just one event! As a push race advocate and this being my favorite course right through the heart of my stomping grounds as a kid, I've always enjoyed racing it and have one it all 9 years leading up to this event. Sadly I am injured right now and was not able to race. However as one of the key organizers, it allowed me to spend more time making sure the event went down smoothly with plenty of planning and being on site more of the time instead of racing. If you have ever organized a skateboard event, you know what I mean. And this being the longest running skateboard event in the NW, there is a little bit of pressure to make sure all goes well haha! The winner this year Brandon Desjarlais has placed 2nd behind me for the last 3 years, so he was very eager to take first this year even though I didn't race hahaha! The other main cause and purpose of this event is also to celebrate Portland's unique city ordinance 20.12.205 stating the skateboarding is a legal form of transportation placed in 2000. This is a difficult race to win because you cannot run red lights or blow stop signs as the ordinance states we must follow all traffic laws just as cars and bikes do. For this year we had 55 races show up, donate food, and collect their raffle tickets and free event t-shirt we made to mark the 10th anniversary. On the back of the tee we have all 16 sponsors who donated prizes for the raffle. Each racer gets 1 raffle ticket for every 4 cans of food they bring, thus the more food you bring the more chances of winning prizes donated by our sponsors after the race. The raffle is held near the finish line after everyone has finished and we announce the top 10. This year we had a very large spread of prizes consisting of over a dozen board, 10 sets of wheels and bearings, and lots of swag like tees and hats and other skateboard gear. Also two of our sponsors are local stores: Sellwood Market donating lots of gatorade and water at the finish line. And Hot Lips Pizza giving out free slices of pizza and hosting our after-party nearby. Daddies Board Shop is one of 4 sponsors who has donated to this event all 10 years and always throws down more stuff than any other sponsor! I am very pleased to be supported by them and their amazing generosity year after year!
Post Created: May 29, 2014
Last downhill section.
Startline of the race.
Riders Meeting after the food collection.
About the start the raffle!
Standing in front of the all the food collected and dropped off at Oregon Food Bank.
A total of 1836 pounds of food! More than the last 2 years combined!
Winner Brandon Desjarlais leading down one of the downhill sections.