April Was INSANE – Now What?

April proved to be quite possibly BDP’s most saturated race month to date! In our previous blog posts, “Alyson Wins Nepali New Year (2074) Race After Hiking the Annapurna Circuit,” “Jam-packed Weekend that Was! First Up – The Wenatchee Marathon!” and, “Jam-packed Weekend that Was Part 2: Deception Pass ½!” we caught you (and ourselves!) up with just a few of these epic races. Then, add on the Boston Marathon (Scarlett), the Tenacious Ten 10k (Hazel), the Yakima Skyline 25k (Maria), 50k (Corrine), the Vancouver Sun Run 10k (Amber & Courtney), the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational 5k (Rachel), and concluding with the Have a Heart Run (Hazel), to say we are tearing at the seams with inspiration, pride, gusto, female power, and on and on, would only cover a smidge…and, then there’s our stacked May and June months, a few of our athletes racing internationally and on the World team, relays and adventure races…it’s INCREDIBLE. Thank God for our health.

On April 22nd Hazel Clapp raced Oiselle’s Tenacious Ten 10k, and though it wasn’t what she wanted, she had an incredible time…and little would she know she’d come back for vengeance just one week later…That same day, Corrine Malcolm took 2nd at the Yakima Skyline 50k in Yakima River Canyon, WA, just outside of Ellensburg. The out and back course takes place in high desert, with nearly 10,000 ft. of elevation gain, with gorgeous views of the canyon, the Yakima river, Mt. Rainier and the Cascades. Alicia Hudelson took 1st Female with a time of 5:51:50, with Corrine 2nd just a few minutes behind in 6:00:05. The following morning, April 23rd, held the Yakima Skyline 25k, were Maria Dalzot took 1st for a second year in a row, finishing in 2:29:36. The 25k course is an out and back as well, with 5,000 ft. in elevation gain.

April 23rd was also host the Vancouver Sun Run 10k in Vancouver, BC, where teammates Amber Morrison and Courtney Olsen placed in the top 25, finishing at the same time, hands linked, despite it not being their best day.Just this past weekend, Rachel Cundy ran a smart race at the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational 5k, finishing in 18:30, itching to tackle the distance again, and hungry for competition. On Sunday, April 29th, Hazel Clapp raced the Have a Heart Run in Mt. Vernon, WA alongside friends and relay teammates, GRRLS. The race benefits Community Action of Skagit County, which was established in 1979, which currently supports near 20 core programs that stabilize and equip people to move out of poverty…and works in collaboration with the community to create ongoing pathways to prosperity. Hazel took 1st, which was the first time a woman had ever won the race.Pfewww…Ok, then there’s the BIG NEWS that Corrine Malcolm was just named to the IAU Trail World Champs Team, set for June 10th in Badia-Prataglia, Italy! This means that two of our athletes, both Corrine and Maria, will be competing internationally in June, with Maria running the Marathon du Mont Blanc 42k in Chamonix, France at the end of June. But…I’m getting ahead of myself a little. Focus. May. MAY!

First up: Scarlett and Nikki will race the Sunflower Trail Marathon in Mazama, WA this Saturday, May 6th! On Sunday, May 7th, Courtney will look to take her own vengeance from a lackluster Sun Run, to the streets of Spokane for Bloomsday. On May 13th we have Scarlett in the Kulshan Quest Adventure Race and Corrine racing Transvulcania in the Canary Islands…Maria will race the Sun Mountain 25k in Winthrop on May 21st as she builds up towards the Marathon du Mont Blanc, and all of this will culminate in a grand May Finale of Ski to Sea, where nearly all teammates will be competing in various legs (running, skiing, biking) over Memorial Day weekend.

I need a beer.

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