View Full Version : Thanks Yet Again to COMA

August 5th, 2008, 12:46 AM
This weekend was my third trip in four years to the Cascade Lakes Swim Series at Elk Lake, just west of Bend, Oregon, sponsored by Central Oregon Masters. It's a great event, every time.

This year I couldn't make the Friday evening and Saturday morning swims, but it was still worth the trip to swim Sunday's 5K and 1K swims. Elk Lake is beautiful and clear, and the temperature in late July or early August is always 68-70F (perfect in my book).

Previously I've camped, but this year I stayed in Bend, which was packed with outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to the swim series, this past weekend they had a two-day 217-mile trail running relay race, a two-day bike race, a hot rod show, a dragonfly conference, and an "underground festival" in an (above-ground) park that was part rave and part craft show.

Many thanks to Bob Bruce, Pam Himstreet, and the whole COMA crew.:cheerleader:

August 5th, 2008, 09:46 AM
Thanks for the review! Those Northwest swims sound very enticing.

Regards, VB

August 5th, 2008, 11:16 PM
What a gorgeous location and wonderful event! I had to make this my first post to thank the COMA crew for putting together such a well organized and FUN weekend. This festival had something for everyone at all different ability levels. I loved the 'kidlet' event--that was cute and they all displayed their medals proudly! This event is definitely going on my schedule for next year, only I want to spend more time up there checking out the beautiful scenery. Oh, and by the way, I think I actually gained weight with the fantastic food that was provided. I give Cascade Lake Swim Series and Festival a five fish rating!

Thank you!