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Maryhill Festival of Speed Race Update

Over 200 of the world’s fastest downhill skateboarders and street lugers from all over the world are at the 2.2 mile, 22 corner historic Maryhill Loops Road for the 9th Annual 2015 Maryhill Festival of Speed. After two days of practicing the hill, racers took qualifying runs for the IDF World Cup race on Friday, the hottest day yet. Check out some of my photos from the practice and qualifying days.

On the third day, the temperature rose to 41 C (108 F) and the pavement itself was at a scorching 69 C (156 F). When not riding, hydration and shade was key to staying alive outside in the leather suits.

Marie Bougourd tucks through the heat waves during her qualifying run. Her best run of the day was clocked at 3:20.

Marie Bougourd tucks through the heat waves on the hot track during her qualifying run. Her best run of the day was clocked at 3:20.

In street luge, Spaniard Mikel Echegary Diez broke the three minute mark with a 2:57.821. He also dominated Classic Luge, setting the fastest time at 3:06.962.

Mikel Diez (far left) and Californian Ryan Farmer (right) lead a street luge practice run.

Mikel Diez (on the far left) rides with the rest of the street lugers during a practice run.

In the Junior’s class, Canadian Alex Charleson pulled off the fastest time with a 3:06.065.

Alex Charleson was the fastest junior racer to qualify.

Alex Charleson was the fastest junior racer to qualify.

Leading the Women’s class was American Emily Pross with a time of 3:14.226, narrowly leading Brazilian Melissa Brogni Da Luz with a 3:14.714.

Emily Pross tucks through the last turn to end up with the fastest qualifying time in the Women's class at 3:14.

Emily Pross tucks through the last turn to end up with the fastest qualifying time in the Women’s class at 3:14.

The open class was led most of the day by Brazilian Carlos Paixão with 3:03.787, until Canadian Kevin Reimer shaved three seconds off his previous best time and posted a new track record at 3:03.618.

The fastest qualifier, Kevin Reimer, kept his quickness a secret until the last run of the day. He shaved off 3 seconds from his previous runs on with a time of 3:03.618

The fastest qualifier, Kevin Reimer, kept his quickness a secret until the last run of the day. He shaved off 3 seconds from his previous runs on with a time of 3:03.618

Carlos Paixão was the second fastest qualifier.

Carlos Paixão was the second fastest qualifier with a time of 3:03.787.

Carlos Paixão was the second fastest qualifier with a time of 3:03.787.

The third fastest time was posted by California native Jimmy Riha with 3:03.950, just in front of fellow Californian Key Dougherty with 03:03.982.

Jimmy Riha was the third fastest qualifier with a time of 3:03.950.

Jimmy Riha was the third fastest qualifier with a time of 3:03.950.

The last run of the day was given to pro surfer Derek Rabalo who is blind. Surprising and inspiring many, he rode down the hill with a friend holding his hand to guide him the whole way down. They made it down the hill, crashing only once. It was Derek’s first run down Maryhill ever and it was epic to see.

Blind professional surfer and longboarder Derek Rabalo from Brazil gets a helping hand and footbrake from a friend as they approach the never ending left.

Blind professional surfer and longboarder Derek Rabalo from Brazil gets a helping hand and footbrake from a friend as they approach the never ending left.

Derek Rabelo rails the corner with a little guidance from a friend.

Derek Rabelo rails the corner with a little guidance from a friend.

No vision, but plenty of heart.

No vision, but plenty of heart.

To see the qualifying times, go to the IDF Racing website

To see the daily updates with photos from Matt K, Don Sheffler, and Jon Huey, go to: http://www.maryhillfestivalofspeed.com/2015-maryhill-festival-of-speed-official-event-schedules/#sthash.kIfp6OZk.dpuf

http://www.internationaldownhillfederation.org/

http://www.maryhillfestivalofspeed.com/

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