Hey folks just a quick note about two of the upcoming trail races in and around our new home base of operations(Bellingham):
Alger Alp 5m/25k/50k on April 15th and Lost Lake 50k on May 12th
Next weekend's races at Alger Alp are part of our brand new Bellingham Trail Running Series. The race course is a 5 mile route that goes up to a great view of Mt Baker on one side of the mountain and one the other side it's a view down into the vast the Skagit River Valley "Flats". On the way up and back down the 1300ft climb you also go past the picturesque Squires Lake. Those looking for more than just a 5 mile run have the option to do the course 3 or 6 times for either a 25k with 3900ft of elevation gain or a 50k with 7800ft of elevation gain.
Another great local trail race is Lost Lake 50k which is directed by one our most dedicated Rainshadow Running volunteers Kevin Douglas and is one of the many well organized races put on by the nearby running club Skagit Runners. This race has a reputation as being one of the hardest 50ks in the northwest thanks in large part to the 8000+ feet of elevation gain--and after living here for the past 6 months and training on those the trails of this race course I would vouch that this race is tough. Lost Lake takes place in the Chuckanut Mountains and shares some of the same trails as that "track meet" of a trail race the Chuckanut 50k but don't expect a bunch of sub four hour times at Lost Lake and it also takes you on some of the really cool trails that you don't get to see in the Chuckanut 50k.