Volcanic 50k, Portland Spartan Sprint, WMRA World Cup in Sierre-Zinal & Ragnar CO!

On August 4th Maria competed at the Volcanic 50, a “rugged and challenging 50k+ run circumnavigating Mt. St. Helens.” “All but 4.5 miles are run on the Loowit Trail. Racers scramble over boulder fields, cross rivers, run through the blast zone, as well as through dense forest – all with ever-changing views of the volcano. The course is 32 miles and feels more like a 50-miler. In all, this Mt. St. Helens race has approximately 7400 ft of elevation gain and 7400 ft of loss. It’s tough, but so are you!” Maria took 3rd F/13th OA. RESULTS! For a great recap, check out Maria’s blog, Volcanic 50: Racing Around Mt. St. Helens. Here’s a little snippet, “‘There is no way I am racing this in two weeks!’ I scream ahead in frustration to Tad as I am crawling like a baby monkey over a vast boulder field. Fast forward two weeks, and I have cross the finish line of Go Beyond Racing’s Volcanic 50km with a swollen butt cheek from a hornet (my signature sting location), black and blue palms, a busted hip, and the most incredible feeling that I did something that was so far out of my comfort zone despite the voices of anxiety trying to talk me out of it…

This past weekend featured some diverse, extravagant and challenging races for some of our teammates. For starters, Alyson competed in the elite sprint division at the Portland Spartan Sprint in Washougal MX Park in Washougal, WA. It was her first race in the elite division, and she rocked it, taking 6th F! Sprint Spartans are made up of 3-5 miles and 20-23 obstacles. This one in particular consists of ‘…the perfect mix of steep and gradual climbing, technical descents, fast trails, and demanding obstacles.” We’re really excited for Alyson! Results HERE!

In a whole other country, Corrine dropped it way down to the 31k (I mean the woman did Western States at the end of June) at the WMRA World Cup Race in Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland. The 31k race was the third WMRA World Cup race of 2018, part of the Golden Trail Series, and featured 2200m in accumulated height gain. Spain’s Kilian Jornet and Kenya’s Lucy Wambui Murigi were the champions. Corrine wrote, “Today #sierrezinal was a whole lot of type 2 fun. Is it possible to both love something and suffer mightily for it? Needless to say I’m not exactly in 30k race shape right now…but it didn’t stop me from loving every minute of it! The final downhill stole my heart as I managed to pass 48 men in the last 10km, I’ll be coming back to this valley as long as they’ll have me.” Results for the Top 30 M & W can be found HERE!Over the weekend Hazel competed for Team GRRLS at Ragnar Colorado in Frisco…and they WON! First All-Women’s Team OA! From the GRRLS, “The GRRLS Colorado team crushed it at Ragnar this weekend! 200 miles of unbelievable altitude, elevation, and heat was well worth the new friendships and overall victory! The prelims are in and we placed 1st female team and 2nd overall! What a beautiful state to race in!” Full results HERE!

July Catch Up & the Weekend Ahead!

July Catch Up 

Photo By: Tad Davis

If you weren’t in the know, our girl, Maria Dalzot raced the Maraton du Mont-Blanc on July 1st, taking 13th in her Class Category in 5:32:11. The maraton was part of Salomon’s Golden TrailSeries this year, which encapsulates races that “highlight the most iconic events in the sport today…Each of the five races in the series has been specifically selected because of the scenery, the challenge, the history and the atmosphere that they offer to both the runners and to the public.” For a wonderful and exciting recap, check out Maria’s blog entry, “Marathon du Mont Blanc: Take Two!” Full RESULTS!Several BDP women competed on a Oiselle sponsored Podium Project team, at Ragnar NW Passage on July 13-14th, taking 4th OA and 2nd in the All Women’s Team Category, behind another Oiselle sponsored Podium Project Team.

On July 14th, David and Leighton competed at the Lake Whatcom Triathlon; David took 1st, and Leighton took 3rd! Results HERE!

Coming this weekend…

White River 50 Mile

This Saturday we’ve got an awesome band of trail racers headed out to the White River 50 Mile. Hooked on the 50 after Sonoma, Nikki Buurma will toe the line alongside teammates Thomas Kean and Shawn Bussert. This will be Kean’s first 50 Mile. The trio will have a bounty of friends and family camping out and providing race support (though support opportunities will be minimal). “Set in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, this race offers spectacular views. Like ‘The Mountain’ itself, though, the race stands as an ultimate test of mental character and physical endurance. Over the 50-mile distance the race course rises and falls a staggering 8,700 feet (total elevation change: 17,400 feet). The race features rolling terrain, ridge tops, northwest forest, several sections of technical trails, and of course several demanding climbs and challenging descents.” Coverage will be minimal at best; the best way to follow will be via White River 50 on Twitter. We’re excited to follow along, and see what these three athletes can do! Go team!

Rounding out the weekend, David will be competing at Ironman Canada 70.3 in Whistler, BC on July 29th! “Whistler, British Columbia beckons athletes with its pristine mountains and resort town vibe. Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Canada will take athletes through a 1.9-kilometer (1.2 mile) swim, 90-kilometer (56-mile) bike and 21.1-kilometer (13.1 mile) run on the same terrain as Subaru IRONMAN Canada. The race will start with a single-loop 1.9-kilometer swim in the pristine waters of Alta Lake. Athletes will enjoy lakeside transition before starting a one-loop 90-kilometer bike course that will travel south to the Callaghan Valley, north through Whistler where crows usually line the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Rutherford Creek, before returning to the heart of Whistler. Athletes will complete the bike course adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza. The run will proceed along the Valley Trail around Lost Lake and along Green Lake, and end with a short loop through Whistler Village and finish down Blackcomb Way.” Good luck David!

RESULTS from WSER, PADDEN TRI, COEUR d’ALENE 70.3, SCOTIABANK 1/2 & BOISE SPARTAN SPRINT!

WESTERN STATES 100
CORRINE MALCOLM TAKES 9TH!

We have to commend the incredible coverage put out by iRunFar. Who else could better say it than in, “On a hot-weather day on the Western States 100 course – where the midday heat registered 97 degrees Fahrenheit at the race’s 62-mile point and then 106 degrees at the mile-78 river crossing – winners Jim Walmsley and Courtney Dauwalter alighted fires of their own. Jim set a new men’s record and Courtney finished in the second-fastest time ever by a woman…This was well and truly one for the record books. Jim Walmsley set a new Western States 100 course record of 14:30:04…Mark it in the record books: Jim put together mind and body in near-perfect synergy to run his heart out and inspire a community of ultrarunners. I don’t know whose emotions were stronger at the finish (and perhaps around the ultrarunning world following online), Jim’s or everyone else’s…When Courtney cross the Auburn, California finish line in 17:27:00, hers became the second-fastest finish in race history, only bested by Ellie Greenwood’s 16:47:19 course record. The moniker ‘any distance, any surface’ fits Courtney perfectly…Corrine Malcolm moved up to the top 10 late and stuck it for her first finish of this race.”

Post race, Corrine said, “Some of my life decisions were a little more questionable than others this past weekend…let’s just say running 100 miles and eating oatmeal cream pies was the easy part. Thankfully I made it through 20 hours of running with my sense of humor intact to land 9th in one of the fastest (maybe fastest?) women’s top 10 races at the Western States 100. I was so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing women (okay and men) on the trail, in the aid stations, and as my crew and pacers. I could not have done it without you. Thank you for supporting me, for feeding me, and for shoveling ice down my back, pants and bra. You guys are amazing!”

We’re insanely proud of Corrine, not only for her top 10 performance at one the fastest top 10 finishes in one of the hottest temps ever at WSER, but merely for being an incredible human, balancing work, life, team, volunteering, training, traveling and moving to a different state the week of WSER. A fierce and consistent competitor with so much more to come! We’re proud of you Corrine!

Men’s Results

  1. Jim Walmsley – 14:30:05 *CR
  2. Francois D’haene – 15:54:53
  3. Mark Hammond – 16:08:59
  4. Ian Sharmon – 16:23:32
  5. Jeff Browning – 16:45:29
  6. Kyle Pietari – 16:54:23
  7. Cody Reed – 16:54:49
  8. Charlie Ware – 16:59:17
  9. Paul Giblin – 17:09:39
  10. Kris Brown – 17:20:09
    *Full Men’s Results HERE!

Women’s Results

  1. Courtney Dauwalter – 17:27:00
  2. Kaytlyn Gerbin – 18:40:19
  3. Lucy Bartholomew – 18:59:45
  4. Amanda Basham – 19:17:59
  5. Cecilia Flori – 19:42:55
  6. Stephanie Violett – 19:46:04
  7. Camelia Mayfield – 19:46:57
  8. Aliza Lapierre – 19:58:17
  9. Corrine Malcolm – 20:02:06
  10. Kate Elliott – 20:04:38
    *Full Women’s Results HERE!

**All quotes pulled from Hot Weather, Fast Times!: 2018 Western States 100 Results by Meghan Hicks

PADDEN TRIATHLON


A few of us had the opportunity to watch Leighton compete at the Padden Tri over the weekend; it was rad to experience it, this new multi-sport (to us run-only-saturated club). It was clear we have a very diverse group of talented athletes, made clearer over this past weekend’s list of results from several of our athletes. Leighton was lighthearted and buzzing with fun energy at the start, came through the swim leg in the back of the top pack, and clipped into his bike with effortless grace. With a half mile to go in the run leg, Leighton overtook 1st place, and won the damn thing in 1:39:50 (12:10 swim, 55:01 bike, 31:20 run). Full Results HERE! Next up for Leighton will be the Lake Whatcom Triathlon on July 14th.

COUER d’ALENE 70.3

Taking 16th OA, 3rd Amateur and winning the 30-34 Age Group, David finished the Coeur d’Alene 70.3 in 4:17:48; an insane performance – and guess who just obtained PRO status?? D$ did! Full Results can be found HERE! For those of you who might not know how you go about becoming PRO at the Triathlon, like me, this is helpful – To earn your elite triathlete card there are a number of qualification standards you can meet per USA Triathlon, but the main ones are:

  • Finish within top 8% of the winning elite time on the same course as the elites (distancee and format) in three USATF sanctioned events that offer a prize purse of $5,000 or greater. And, all three results must be from the same calendar year
  • Finish Top-10 OA and within 8% of the winner’s time at the ITU Age Group Olympic Distance World Champs
  • Finish Top-10 OA in the Amateur field at Ironman 140.6 World Champs in Kona
  • Finish Top-5 OA and within 8% of the winner’s time at the USAT Age Group Olympic Distance National Champs
  • Finish Top-3 OA in the Amateur field at an Elite Qualifying Race
  • Achieve a gender-graded Race Score of 140.0215 or higher at two events with 500 or more total (male & female) participants

BOISE SPARTAN SPRINT RACE

Hooked on a new adventure, Alyson Carlyon has taken up Spartan racing, with Boise Spartan Sprint her second race in the series (her first being the Seattle Spartan Sprint in April). Located outside Boise in Payette, ID, the Thomas Pence Ranch held the 3+ mile sprint. The race included 3-5 miles run and 20-25 obstacles, including mud, fire, walls and barbed wire. Alyson completed all the obstacles without any burpee penalties and felt strength gains from the last race. It showed, with a win in her division, finishing in 59:20! RESULTS!

SCOTIABANK VANCOUVER 1/2 MARATHON

“More than 6,700 runners hit the pavement for the 2018 Scotiabank Vancouver half-marathon on Sunday, raising an estimated $970,000 for 70 local Vancouver charities. Now in it’s eighth year, the annual marathon has netted roughly $8 million in total. Lethbridge’s Kip Kangogo led the men’s elite field, claiming his seventh win of the event with a finishing time of 1:07:24, just under two minutes off his time from last year. Vancouver’s own Dayna Pidhoresky claimed the elite women’s win over pre-race favorite Sasha Gollish, clocking a time of 1:13:06.” Though it wasn’t a PR day for either Morrison or Olsen, both were pleased with their efforts. Courtney was 4th in 1:18:44, and Amber, led by Derek Thornton, came in 7th in 1:22:43. RESULTS!

WSER, PADDEN TRI, COEUR d’ALENE 70.3 & SCOTIABANK 1/2 PREVIEW!

WESTERN STATES 100

Oh boy. WSER is here! WSER! Coming this Saturday, June 23rd at 5:00 am! For those of you who might not know, the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is “the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race.” It starts in Squaw Valley, CA, “near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and ends at 100.2 miles later in Auburn, CA.” “Following the historic Western States Trail, runners climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn. In the miles between Squaw Valley and Auburn, runners experience the majestic high country beauty of Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness, the crucible of the canyons of the California gold country, a memorable crossing of the ice-cold waters of the main steam of the Middle Fork of the American River, and, during the latter stages, the historic reddish-brown-colored trails that led gold-seeking prospectors and homesteading pilgrims alike to the welcoming arms of Auburn. For more than four decades, Western States has been home to some of the sport’s most stirring and legendary competitions, and has spurred the capacity of spirit of all runners, of all abilities and from all walks of life, from all over the globe.” iRunFar sums it up in, “One hundred (point two) miles, 18,000 feet of climb, 22,000 feet of descent, high-country altitude and technical terrain, oppressive canyons heat, 44 years of history, the original 100-mile trail foot race, interesting storylines from the front of the race to the back of the pack, and always some expected variables mixed in: the 2018 Western States 100 is almost here.”

Why are we more excited than ever to follow along? Because our babe, who has recently transplanted to California – Corrine Malcolm – will be racing!! Plus Nikki Buurma will be pacing a portion of it alongside her, and new teammate, Thomas will be out there spectating!

iRunFar has a couple great articles out on the Women’s and Men’s Preview/s. Check out the Women’s Preview HERE! and the Men’s Preview HERE! Meghan Hicks writes, “We expect that both the women’s and men’s front-of-the-pack races will have fascinating dynamics…In the women’s field, we have three past champions, a couple women who’ve knocked closely on the door of the podium before, several women who know how to finish in the top 10 like it’s their job, a goodly number of gals who don’t flinch in the toughest conditions, and some up-and-comers among whom someone is sure to break into the highest echelon of trail ultrarunning.” Malcolm is mentioned on the list of likely contenders, with Hicks writing, “Corrine Malcolm has the potential to run herself into the women’s top 10. In the last year or so, Corrine’s top performances have been a fourth at the 2017 Leadville Trail 100 Mile, a seventh at the 2018 Way Too Cool 50k, and a win of the 2018 Canyons 100k.”

As fans & geeks of running, we are excited to follow along, especially for some of our faves – duh, Corrine, Courtney Dauwalter, Jim Walmsley, Tim Freriks, Jared Hazen, Eric Senseman (I mean all the Coconino Cowboys…)..too many incredible athletes to name. Ok, who are we kidding, we’re excited for each and every freaking one of them.

iRunFar is one of the best avenues for following along. They’ll be livecasting the event on their Twitter feed. Tracking is also available through ultralive.net!

PADDEN TRIATHLON

On Saturday, June 23rd, Leighton Overson will compete at the Padden Triathlon, which includes a 1/2 mile swim, 21 mile bike ride and 5.2 mile run. The swim will take place in Lake Padden; the bike ride will head out on Samish Way, to Lake Samish Dr., hanging out out there on Old Samish Rd. before Chuckanut Drive, Old Fairhaven Pkwy, 36th St. and back to Samish Way, re-entering Lake Padden. The run will comprise of two laps at Lake Padden. Good luck Leighton!

IRONMAN COEUR d’ALENE 70.3

Opting out of the Padden Triathlon, David Larpenteur will compete at the Ironman Coeur d’Alene in Idaho on Sunday, June 24th. The one-lap swim takes place in Lake Coeur d’Alene; the  bike leg has a gain of 3,445 ft.; the run has a gain of 414 ft. Feeling primed after his first 70.3 of the season at Victoria, David is set up well!

SCOTIABANK VANCOUVER 1/2 MARATHON

Sunday, June 24th is also host to the Scotiabank Vancouver 1/2 Marathon, a favorite of BDP’s. Alongside teammate, Derek Thornton, Amber Morrison is on the hunt for a new 1/2 PR. Courtney Olsen will also be racing. The 1/2 takes off at 7:30 am, which will be nice in beating the heat, at East Mall near the Thunderbird Arena. The race will traverse SW Marine Drive, Chancellor, down the hill to Spanish Banks, Locarno Beach, Jericho Beach, rounding several corners to come to Burrard Bridge, heading west to Stanley Park and the finish line. The course isn’t the fastest, with some big climbs, including Burrard Bridge’s ascent at 18k, but the three are ready for the challenge!

Fragrance Lake 1/2, Fall City 10k, Sound 2 Narrows 12k & the Portland Track Festival’s SEA v. PDX v. BC 3k Challenge

Photo By: Tad Davis

Saturday June 9 – Due to the tragic plane crash that happened on Chuckanut Mountain on Monday, February 12th, Bellingham Trail Running Series’ Fragrance Lake Trail 1/2 (and 10k, 50k) were rescheduled for Saturday, June 9th. The course remained the same, traversing the “scenic and super technical Ridge Trail with views of the Cascade Mountains.” With 3,300 ft. of vert and almost entirely single track trails, the race is a hometown favorite of BDP’s. Our dear Maria Dalzot not only took 1st F, but was 1st OA in 2:01:00 (in the middle of training for the Marathon du Mont Blanc), and Nikki Buurma was 4th F/7th OA in 2:22:08, just shy of a PR. Beautiful race photographs as always were shot by Tad Davis. You can check out Maria’s Race Report HERE! And results HERE!

Photo By: Tad Davis

The same day held many races in the Seattle-Tacoma hood, one being the Fall City Days 10k, where teammate, Amber Morrison competed, taking 1st and earning a new PR in the process in 36:26. Proceeds from the race benefit local schools,; over $48,000 was donated to Snoqualmie Valley Schools and to local youth groups from 2013-17! 10k Results HERE!We wanted to give a shout out to Amber’s mother, LaDonna, who has been working tirelessly in her attempt at a BQ, and we’re proud and ecstatic to announce that she did it at The Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon on Sunday, June 10th! The Tunnel Marathon races offer one of the fastest courses in the country. “This point to point course delivers excellent times thanks to the consistent downhill grade and low starting elevation…” You run through a “dark tunnel lit by your best running mates, gawk at the mountains and waterfalls, take in the sweet Washington air and let your legs go.” Congrats Mama! So excited for you! Saturday was also host to Sound to Narrows, the South Sound’s kick-off to summer, and the state’s oldest 12k. Teammate, Hazel Clapp, along with her husband competed at the race, and both PR’d! Hazel was 5th F/38th OA and 1st in her Age Group in 49:16! FULL RESULTS!
Sunday June 10 – Concluding a weekend of Female Power, Courtney Olsen raced the SEA v. PDX v. BC 3k at the Portland Track Festival on Sunday. Almost 2 weeks out from Ski to Sea, she wasn’t entirely sharp, but did PR off her WWU 3k Indoor time. Unfortunately Team SEA did not take the win, losing to PDX, losing out on the prize $ and more importantly, a giant axe. Until next time PDX…until next time.

Congrats to all of you who raced over the weekend, who earned BQ’s, who tried new things, who endured racing in the middle of hard training and on! We’re proud of all of you!

Rainier 2 Ruston, SoCal Wine Country Wmn’s 5k & 70.3 Victoria

The 16th Annual Rainier to Ruston is a 50 Mile Relay from Mount Rainier to Tacoma’s waterfront, where you’re invited to “commemorate the old railroad by passing through bell standards in each town on the way to the sea.” Starting at the Carbon River entrance in Mt. Rainier National Park and finishing at Marine Park on Ruston Way, the course passes through deep and gorgeous forests, alongside rushing rivers and streams, and through historic Washington towns. Driven by the non profit Foothills Rails to Trail Coalition, all proceeds go towards maintaining the trail system used during the race. Hazel competed for Team GRRLS; together they took 2nd in the Open Women’s 6-Person team category.
RESULTS!In Temecula, on a Bachelorette trip for her dear friend, Courtney ran the SoCal Wine Country Women’s 5k. The race also hosts a half marathon and both distances take place at Vail Lake Resort. The 5k was an out and back with rollers that take racers along Vail Lake. Three of the bachelorette party members including the Bride herself swept the race in 1st through 3rd with Courtney taking 1st. Host of the event, Off Road Pursuits threw down an incredible after-race party with sandwiches, endless wine, fruit, essential oils and sunbathing. The awards were rad – with wine and swag. RESULTS!At the 70.3 Victoria, Leighton and David’s first official Half Ironman of the year, Leighton was 3rd in his Division and 31st M (4:30:31) and David was 2nd in his Division and 17th M (4:20:09). Breaking it down a bit, the Swim Course took place in Elk Lake, the Bike Course was a single loop that began at Hamsterly Beach; racers rode through four municipalities and had stunning views of Haro Strait, the Coastal Mountains and Saanich Inlet. The Run Course took place back at Elk Lake, which hosts 10km of trails that follow the shores of the lake through wooded parkland.  Full results can be found HERE! The 70.3 Victoria is just the first in a string of Tri’s these two are set to do – next up for Leighton – the Padden Triathlon on June 23rd; and for David – Ironman Coeur d’Alene 70.3 on June 24th.

RESULTS from Pigtails 100k, S2S & Run for Water 10k!

On Saturday, May 26 in Renton, WA, Shawn competed at the Pigtails Challenge 100k (the Challenge also featured a 50k, 100 Mi, 150 Mi and 200 Mi…). Results are currently pending, but we are ecstatic to announce that Shawn WON THE 100K finishing the 62.46 mi looped course in 9h34m! Way to go Shawn!

In what couldn’t have been better weather, BDP threw a major showdown against competitors and against themselves in the Downhill Ski/Snowboard, Downhill Run and Cycling legs at this year’s Ski to Sea. Competing at Ski to Sea in general is badass, but throw in Car Free, post-major surgery, head to head, within seconds of each other, glacial creeks, and enduring a bike ride with the best of them after a crash a few weeks back….and you have (at least to me) quadruple badassery.

To start, Boomer’s Drive-In was 1st OA, finishing in a time of 6:06:42, with (3) Top Guns, including Juan Castillo’s 1st OA Downhill Leg performance in a time of 38:08. There followed Beaver’s Tree Service (Whatcom County Open), finishing a few minutes behind in 6:11:05; they had (2) Top Gunner’s. Derek ran for Beavers, and was 5th in the DH Run leg in time of 40:33.

Leighton’s team – Epic Kayaks (Competitive Open) finished 3rd OA in 6:18:44. Leighton was a dominant force in the road bike in 1:33:14 (10th OA in the rd. bike category).

Taking 1st OA Women’s Team, 1st in the Whatcom County Women’s Division and 17th OA, Team Brandon Nelson Partners (formerly Kulshan Cycles), and comprised of Amber (DH Ski) and Courtney (DH Run) was a force, holding off 2nd Place Women’s Team, Jack’s (Competitive Women) by a mere 1:15. Amber was 2nd OA F in the DH Ski and Courtney was Top Gun and 2nd OA, breaking her own record in 38:48 in the DH Run. Team Brandon Nelson Partners had several Top Gun Award winners as well.

Running the DH Leg for Team CorePhysio (Whatcom County Women), Hazel, in her 2nd year running, PR’d over last year and helped her team to a 2nd Place Division finish and 20th OA finish.

DH Snowboarder, Alyson, nipped the Top Gun from BDP teammate, Amber, in a fierce 26:58 in tough snow conditions and handed off to Aly who ran the DH Run Leg in 46:31 to help their team to a 2nd Place Division finish and 27th OA finish!

Competing for Team Wander Brewing (Whatcom County Women), Katelyn did the DH Ski leg, helping her team to a 3rd Place Division Finish and 28th OA Finish.

After surgery, nay, two surgeries, and taking part in the Car Free Division, Scarlett, after biking to Baker, raced the DH Run leg for Car Free Team WompMobile, finishing in a time of 53:14. Her team was 6th in the Car Free Division and 144th OA.

Booze and fun times were had. Champagne was drunk from the Blossom Cup trophy, and everyone is happy. We can’t wait till 2019! Full results HERE!

In Abbotsford, BC, new teammate, Alma raced the Run for Water 10k; Alma took 1st F and 7th OA. Way to go! Full results for the 5k, 10k and 1/2 can be found HERE!

Bellingham Olympics, Run for Water 10k & Pigtails 100k

In Bellingham, Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with Ski to Sea weekend. Also known as the “Bellingham Olympics.” The “original multisport relay race, from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay,” teams of 3-8 traverse the following:

  1. Cross Country Ski
  2. Downhill Ski/Snowboard
  3. Running
  4. Road Bike
  5. Canoe
  6. Cyclocross Bike
  7. Sea Kayak

This year we have an insane amount of teammates competing in numerous legs on various teams:

DH Ski/Snowboard – Alyson (SHEroes), Amber (Brandon Nelson Partners), Katelyn (Wander Brewing)
Run – Aly (SHEroes), Courtney (Brandon Nelson Partners), Hazel (CorePhysio), Scarlett (WompMobile), Derek (Beavers Tree Service)
Road Bike – Leighton (Epic Kayaks)

You can follow BDP and other teams at S2S through the Ski to Sea App, via Mobile Notifications or post race results can be found HERE! Good luck to all those racing Ski to Sea, whether for fun or competitively!

Also over Memorial Day weekend, our teammate, Shawn will be racing the Pigtails 100k, which takes place at Lake Youngs Watershed and consists of a rolling loop with 900 feet of elevation gain per loop. Though not considered a technical mountain race, the 900ft per loop adds up considerably. “Since this is a loop course, the option to throw in the towel always looms in the background. It will test your perseverance to carry on lap after lap when you could easily call it a day, pop blisters, get warm, eat and have a beer.” The 100k will take place on Saturday, May 6 @ 6:00 am. The Pigtails Challenge also consists of a 50k, 100 mi, 150 mi and 200 mi…the 150 mi and 200 mi having already started Thursday morning and this morning, so that the culminating end can sync with the “shorter” distance races. Good luck Shawn!

On Sunday, May 27th, new teammate, Alma McCurtry is set to race the Run for Water 10k in Abbotsford, BC. The race series, which includes a 10k, 25k and 50k trail race on Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford on top of the 5k, 10k and 1/2 marathon at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford has helped transform over 40 communities throughout Ethiopia over the past 10 years, raising over $3 million dollars & providing 100,000+ people with clean water for life. In 2018, funds from the Run for Water races will help those who live in Awash Kolati and Gora Bantu, Ethiopia. It’s an incredible race with an incredible cause, and we’re looking forward to Alma racing it! Good luck Alma!

H2H, Sunflower Half & the Snohomish Women’s 10k

Saturday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo was one of those perfect racing weather, perfect weather in general days. Several of our athletes raced GBRC’s infamous Haggen to Haggen, as was previewed in last week’s blog HERE! It was really rad to have a large contingent at our local race, celebrating our local grocery store and our local running store, Fairhaven Runners & Walkers. Derek led BDP with a top 3 finish, behind men’s winner Juan Castillo (15:20) and Erik Steiger in 2nd (15:34). David was 3rd in 15:41. Derek helped pace Courtney to a 1st place finish in 17:02 (Derek right alongside, taking 8th M), who was followed by Amber, who PR’d in 17:49. Alma McCurty was 3rd in 18:26. Nikki was 4th with a PR in 19:00; Kathryn was 5th with a PR in 19:11. H2H is such an incredible event – with numerous free goodies, of granola, coffee, cold brew, cookies, chips, popcorn, snack bars, protein bars, coconut water, kombucha and on…not to mention the prizes for 1st-3rd, which entails Fairhaven Runners’ goods, a gift cert, and a gift card to Haggen! Full results HERE!

Saturday, May 5 – At the 38th Annual Sunflower Half Marathon, Katelyn took 1st in a time of 1:33:47, 7 minutes ahead of 2nd Place’s Sydney Taylor of Seattle, WA. RESULTS!

Sunday, May 6 – Hosted by our favorites at the Snohomish Running Company, Rachel raced the Snohomish Women’s Run 10k, taking 2nd in her first race since concluding her first year of PT school. Results HERE!

Last Wknd When Everyone Ran Awesome & The Wknd Ahead!

Last Weekend Today – BDP Domination. In the most beautiful way. Shawn was 8th at the Tillamook Burn 50k, Leighton was 2nd at the Mount Rainier Duathlon, Courtney took 1st at the Eugene 1/2, and Corrine annihilated, taking 1st at Canyons 100k!  All the distances! All the styles!

Tomorrow brings our local Haggen to Haggen 5k, hosted by GBRC. Celebrating its 25th year, H2H begins at Sehome Haggen and ends at Meridian Haggen. Proceeds from the event help fund $1000 scholarships and shoe vouchers for low income high school runners. David, Derek, Amber, Courtney, Hazel, Kathryn and Nikki will compete to see what they’ve got on the famed fast course.

Coming off the tornado that is finals, Rachel Cundy is back home and ready to race the 5th Annual Snohomish Women’s Run. The race will be the start to a summer of training, as she gets her feet back under her. We’re so excited to have her back closer to us!

Deeper into Washington, Katelyn will race the 38th Annual Sunflower, using the juicy trail training she accrued over the winter in training for the Chuckanut 50k. The course for the 1/2, trail marathon and relay traverse fields of wildflowers in the Methow Valley, and begins at 2180 ft. in Mazama (high for us Bellingham sea-levelers). With deer trails, single track trails and gravel roads, stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths, Katelyn is sure kick ass with a smile en tow.

Good luck everyone!