Bellingham Bay Marathon Weekend!

Sunday, September 30th – The Bellingham Bay Marathon (and half, 10k, 5k) set off – the marathoners from Lummi Nation, near Gooseberry Point at 7:30 am as a light rain began to fall. The half marathoners from downtown Bellingham, outside Boundary Bay Brewery at 9:00 am; the 10k’ers and 5k’ers from the same location at 9:15 am. Many of our teammates and friends helped pace the marathon and half, and as always, had a great time doing so. Thomas set out to tackle the marathon’s point-to-point course, just 15 days post the Mt. Bachelor 50k, but opted out at mile 16 to save himself for some upcoming races. A dear friend of BDP, Tommy Race helped pace the 8:34/mile group for the first half of the marathon, and then went on to finish the race in 3:22, cutting down the whole way, and taking 3rd Whatcom County Male; if that wasn’t already cool, he also ran back onto the course post finish to bring his pace group in. What an incredible man!
In the half marathon, Fairhaven Runners’ stud Dillon Quintana took 1st in a finishing time of 1:08:10. On the women’s side, Alma was 4th F and Nikki was 7th F. In the 10k, Amber was 3rd OA and 1st F. In the 5k Jonathan was 1st, followed closely by teammate Derek in 2nd.

It wasn’t a fast day by any means, but it was a strong day, where our athletes got to dig in to the pain cave on the roads when they’ve been trail racing all summer, or training for other things. An important takeaway is that you don’t always have to be at your best to show up and race. We love our hometown race, and all that it supports, and really value being able to race and help with pacing. Thank you Bellingham Bay Marathon and all the volunteers for another fun year, and congratulations to all of who raced your heart out, whether or not it came with a sexy outcome.
Speaking of sexy outcomes…we at BDP want to give a shoutout to team fan, friend, and athlete of Nikki’s – April Thomson, who had a 12 minute PR in the half marathon yesterday!! She had a dream goal, and she shattered that dream goal. We’re really proud of her. Congrats April, you deserve it!

Full RESULTS!

 

Corrine Malcolm Takes 4th at TDS!

Photo by: Lisa Keyes

Grabbing 4th by the balls, Salomon athlete and BDP teammate, Corrine Malcolm dominated at TDS, which takes place at the “World Summit of Trail-Running” between August 27 – September 2 in Chamonix; having completed yesterday evening. Included over the weekend are several races, all of which culminate at the big daddy, UTMB. “The UTMB is a trail-running event full of superlatives! An essential event for trail-runners from all over the world. Each year, the elite of the trail-running world find themselves in Chamonix alongside almost 10,000 runners keen to participate in one of the event’s 7 races.” These races include PTL, CCC, UTMB, TDS, OCC, MCC and YCC.

Photo by: Salomon Running

TDS begins in Courmayeur and passes by the “Maison Vielle,” up along the UTMB path, upwards more to the Col Chavannes; “Even if you are a regular runner of the UTMB, this long ascent of the Valley Veny in the early morning light will certainly help you discover a new perspective of it, in all its magnificence.” In and alongside open country, countryside and mountainous terrain, along the Grande Ranonnee path, through Mont-Blanc, Beaufort, Tarentaise and Aosta valley, it’s a race which touches the soul. Thus we must continue “…throughout the long descent on gentle slopes, the splendid wilderness of the Vallon de Chavannes’ pastures before joining the Vallon de la Doire de Verney which…goes up to reach the Lac de Verney before…Col de petit Saint-Bernard…You then leave the Aosta valley and begin your trip in the Haute Tarentaise with a long descent along the Roman way, which, since the year 2 AD, has linked Rome to Lyon by passing through the Alps. Profit from the party which will be awaiting you when you cross through Seez and then Bourg Saint-Maurice, because it is followed by a serious ascent of almost 2000m! You will pass the forts of Truc and la Platte, which were built at the end of the XIX century, when Franco/Italian relations were turning sour, to protect the valley from eventual attack by the Italian troops. You then reach the wonderful area of the 5 lakes. Just after the Col de la Forclaz, you pass along the lac Esola, and then…climb up over the Passeur de Pralognan. A descent, very steep at first, then gentler, leads you to the volunteers from Beaufort at the Cormet de Roselend…then up to the Col de la Sauce…taking the amazing passage du Cure to the hamlet of la Gitte (have a quick look, just next to the security point, at the chapelle de Notre-Dame des Neiges, dating from 1639) then go up towards the Col de Gitte to 2322m from where one can see the extraordinary view of the Mont-Blanc, Aiguilles Rouges, Fiz and Aravis chains of mountains, before taking a little known path across the ‘Grande Pierriere’ to the Col du Joly…The while walk along the most beautiful paths of the Tarentaise, Beaufort and Mont-Blanc country continues with a descent into Les Contamines, before going up tot he col du Tricot passing the chalets du Truc and Miage…cross the nose of the Bionnassay glacier by footbridge and go up to Bellevue before plunging down into Les Houches. All that remains is to reach the centre of Chamonix for a triumphal and well deserved finish!”

Seated 7th, but taking 4th, we’re really proud of Corrine. What an inspiration.

Corrine’s results can be found HERE!
Full results can be found HERE!
*Race info pulled from HERE!

HTC & King & Queen of Mt. Si Results!

Setting off Friday, August 24th and concluding on Saturday, August 25th, Hazel, of Team #grrls competed at Hood to Coast. 1,050 teams of 8-12 runners compete on the 199 mile long Mt. Hood to Seaside, OR trek. #grrls took 3rd in the Women’s Open, with a team average of 7:06’s. Winning the Women’s Open was Goats N Roses with an incredible team of average of 6:21’s, which brought along a bevvy of drama. See the Runner’s World article, “After Hood to Coast Relay Snafu, Officials Apologize to Women’s Team Champions,” by Erin Strout. Full Results.

Saturday, August 25 – Thomas raced the King & Queen of Mt. Si presented by Pro Ski and Mountain Service and Clif Bar. “Mt. Si is one of the most hiked mountains in the state of Washington,” and the point of the race is to see who can get to the top the fastest. Starting at Mt. Si Trail and finishing at the bottom of the Haystack, the course is approximately 4 miles and includes over 3,300 vertical feet of climbing. Post race goodies are plentiful, with amazing prizes, free beer and snacks. Thomas was 2nd OA and broke the old course record along with the 1st place finisher.

Lake Tye Tri & Super League Canada

On Saturday, August 11th, Leighton Overson competed at the 9th Annual Lake Tye Triathlon in Monroe, WA, in the Olympic Division, which consists of a 1500m swim, 27 mi bike, and a 6.2 mi run. 1st place male was Patrick Trabert of Silverdale, WA, followed by 2nd place’s Sean Hunter of Seattle, WA. Leighton took 3rd (crushing the bike leg, where he was 1st OA). Full RESULTS!

Fresh off last weekend’s 3rd place finish, Leighton attempted the big daddy of big daddy Tri’s – the Super League Canada Triathlon – in Penticton, British Columbia on Friday, August 17th to Sunday, August 19th. Unfortunately the race was cancelled Saturday due to poor air quality, with an Air Quality Health Index of 10+ for the South Okanagan. The race was an Age Group Championship Qualifying Event for the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. “Pitting the world’s best triathletes across unique short course formats for big prize money in a closed league series. Super League Triathlon provides pulse-pounding action, superstars to cheer for, and a spectator experience without parallel.” The race director, Chris McCormack compared “the conditions to the dystopian film Blade Runner, with the smoky haze limiting visibility to 500 metres. ‘You can defintiely tast the burnt wood in the air,’ McCormack said.” “As racers could not ride, swim, and run on Sunday, Super League organizers said the top 10 male and female professional triathletes racing in Pendicton would be graced spots in the first round of the world championship series being held in New Jersey, U.K., in late September.” See “Heavy smoke and poor air quality force cancellation of two Okanagan triathlons,” by CBC News

The Super League Canada was to be in the following format, had it not been cancelled –

Friday, August 17th – Equalizer (Stage 1) – Bike (15km) – The Equalizer is a (2) stage event. Stage 1 is a stand-alone cycling time trial. 15km of full-on bike action.
Saturday, August 18th – Equalizer (Stage 2) – Swim (300m) >Run (2.5km) >Swim(300m) >Bike (16km) > Run (2.5km) – Stage 2 of the Equalizer adds in two lots of swim and run’s, joining the bike.
Sunday, August 19th – Enduro – Swim (750m) > Bike (20km) > Run (5km) > Repeat – In the traditional Sprint format, the Enduro has a “sting in the tail,” by going through not once, but twice.

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.