But first a sneak peak into my next blog post... which will include dates for the opening of registration for our upcoming races Mt Spokane 50k/25k, Deception Pass 50k/25k, and probably Orcas 25k, Orcas 50k and Gorge Waterfalls 50k too! And it will also probably include our entire Rainshadow Running 2013 race calendar, reminder about our friend's races such as the Methow Valley Off-Road Duathalon(trail run and mountain bike ride), the Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon, and the Bellingham Trail Marathon, and other fun stuff!
Ok on with the Show...
Little Mountain 10k/25k in Mt. Vernon, WA Joe Cappoccia, best known for his musical talents as a former band member of the Blackberry Bushes String Band and as of leader of the new band The Pine Hearts (both bands have played our races multiple times), runs his first trail race in almost a decade!
Later in May we headed East to the Methow Valley for the Sun Mountain 50m/50k/25k/1k. It was warm, sunny and the wildflowers were outstanding. I'm shown here on the 50m course carrying all the course signs in my backpack. With the help of Anthony Skierkowicz and Rasta Jason Vaughn we installed a half dozen brand new swinging trail gates so runners no longer needed to climb over, through or under the barbed wire fences out there on the DNR section of the course.
Beacon Rock 50k/25k which is just a mile from Oregon on the other side of the Columbia River pictured above. Summer had arrived as the weather was perfect for drinking beer, swimming, lounging on the group camp lawn while listening to live bluegrass music from The Pine Hearts at the start/finish area, and yeah perfect for running too!
Chuckanut 30k/12k was the last race in the Bellingham Trail Running Series that Candice created this year and so we had to throw a big party with lots of food, beer and laying around in the grass while listening to the Pine Hearts. There were awards handed out and such too...
Angels Staircase 60k/35k with it's high point of 8000ft, tons of elevation gain(10,000ft for the 60k and 6,000ft for the 35k), and remote and rugged trails make it one of the hardest ultras in the Northwest. But it's scenery, wildflowers, high alpine lakes, waterfalls, jagged peaks make it one of the best trail races in the country! "Trail Angels" Lexi Painter and Michael McNeil were just two of many incredible volunteers who hiked miles to carry in the supplies to the remote aid stations!
Last but not least Candice is back to training for another 100 miler(yes already). She's doing Plain 100 which was my first 100 back in 2004. In the past week or so she's ran most of the course in two big training runs(one 53 mile day with Dan Probst and one 40 mile day with me). The day before the 2nd Plain training run we did the 18 mile Enchantments run which I hadn't ran in years and Candice had never ran. It was a super fun day filled with lots of stops for swimming including our first stop at Inspiration Lake which is show in the video above.
Stay tuned for next post with all the upcoming announcements!