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Endurance sports season gets rolling this weekend

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The foothills’ endurance sports season kicks into high gear this weekend with a couple of marquee events in Cool. Sunny weather is forecast for Saturday, when more than 500 runners will hit the trail for the Way Too Cool 50-kilometer run. The 14th annual run will begin and end near the Cool Fire Station. Among the talented runners expected to run are defending champion Leor Pantilat and Alaskan Geoff Roes, who was the 2009 Ultrarunner of the Year. Roes will compete in the Western States Endurance Run in June. The popular Cool Mountain Bike Race will be held Sunday at the Olmstead Loop in Cool. Registration is still available for the race, which includes 10-mile, 20-mile and 30-mile options along with a variety of kids races. Registration is available at 8 a.m. on race day or by visiting Auburn Bike Works in Auburn. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. See the Journal Sunday and Monday for coverage of the events.