Robin McGuirk’s 2015 Push In The Woods Recap
The 3rd annual Push In The Woods event went off again in perfect weather! It was a team effort with local Portlander’s Cory Poole and myself, along with Joner Strauss of theIDSA.org (International Distance Skateboard Association) from Florida. This non-profit helps many different skateboard races acquire the proper permits and insurance for legal events. Not only are they helping push races like this one but also other types of skateboard racing such as the last NoBull Bayou Battle Garage Race in Houston, TX. If you are an organizer seeking help to make your event legal, then contact them for more info.
60 riders line up for the 5K race with the top riders in front. Riders cruised out from the staging area of the event to the starting line of the first race. After that the 10K race starts with this spot marked as the halfway point turnaround. When all is done everyone has skated 20K. It’s nice to get warmed up with a 5K and see how the course is before racing it. There are some obstacles including a rickety wooden bridge, sections of rough pavement, and horse manure on the road!
The path is straight and mostly flat so its a true test of sprinting without corners or hills but the hardest part is making clean passes. Its a narrow 4-6 foot wide path so the racer’s timing and speed have to be on point.
Joe Mazzone from Chicago wins both the 5K and 10K and becomes the overall winner for the event. This was his first trip out to the NW and he surprised many! However it looks like he has a secret trick by carrying an extra pushing shoe, not sure how that is an advantage!?! He lead both races over other top riders like local favorite Colby Cummings, and a slew of top East Coast pushers including Will and Max Frank, Andre Hippix, Harrison Tucker, and Eric Palmer. They all had their own battle for 2nd-6th places. I asked Joe how did this race compare to others he’s been to and he said “Usually there is only one or two serious competitors to hold off and at this event I had 6 or so who stayed right on me!”
After all the podiums were announced the real fun began with the prize giveaway! Everyone received one raffle ticket upon check in, so everyone had an equal chance at winning great prizes. We had so many prizes that over 60 riders all received something cool!
We even had 10 boards donated to giveaway from great sponsors like Subsonic, Moonshine, Longboard Larry, Roe Racing, Bustin and Eastside!
Now after 3 years this race has been established in the push racing world as the event that has brought the most diverse range of distance skaters coming from all parts of the U.S. As a retired push racer, its great to continue to support this aspect of skateboarding and see riders of all ages participating. It has always been the easiest format to get new and young riders into the sport. As I always say “Pushing your board is the most basic part of skateboarding and the foundation of it all.” Huge thanks to Oregon’s Washington for supporting the event with a $1500 donation going to the podiums. This event is also supported by all our generous sponsors, local volunteers, and the IDSA.org. Congrats to everyone who came out from here and afar! We’ll see ya next year!
Huge thanks to the Push in The Woods Sponsors:
Supporting Sponsors: Daddies Board Shop, Eastside Longboards, Longboard Larry, Subsonic Skateboards, Roe Racing, Moonshine Mgf.
Prize Sponsors: Loaded Boards, Bustin Boards, Orangatang Wheels, Abec 11 Wheels, Seismic Skate, Predator Helmets, Push Culture Apparel
Ed Note – Just found this Push in the Woods 2015 video from insanity Boardshop!