The 2018 Chuckanut 50k was a sight to see. After last year’s weather, a sun-filled and baby blue sky was a blessing. The ever-murmur of the possibility of records being overthrown ran rampant through the crowd, and though close, Max King’s (3:33:11) and Jodee Adams-Moore’s (4:01:23) records still stand. As mentioned in our previous blog, BDP had 5 athletes competing in the Chuckanut 50k, most of whom trained together through the winter in the snow-saturated mountains of their backyard playground. Leading the finishers was Jeff Sanders, in what would be his first 50k. We were totally ecstatic with his top 15 performance and 2nd place Masters finish, finishing in a time of 4:07:25. Next to follow was Maria Dalzot, 6th F/36th O in 4:35:00. Shawn Bussert was 52nd M in 4:56:42 and Nikki Buurma was 17th F in a course and overall 50k PR of 5:01:31. Katelyn Steen battled through 25 miles of the race in the top pack of women before making the call to drop due to dehydration. Cole Watson of Folsom, CA was 1st Overall in a blazing 3:34:25, minutes ahead of 2nd Place’s Patrick Smyth in 3:40:57. Leading the women was Keely Henninger of Portland, OR in 4:07:46, followed by Anne-Marie Madden of Vancouver, BC in 4:15:27. Full results for the Chuckanut 50k can be found HERE! Earlier that morning, Courtney Olsen and Aly Howisey raced the St. Pat’s Dash in Seattle. Courtney finished 2nd to Brooks Beast Jessica Tonn (16:14), in 17:04 and Aly Howisey PR’d, taking top 15 in 19:44. For full results for the St. Pat’s Dash, see HERE! In Bellingham, David Larpenteur took 1st in the Runnin’ O’ the Green 5k in 15:43, and Leighton Overson took 1st in the 8k in 27:27, followed by Derek Thornton in 2nd, in 27:30. Hazel Clapp dominated with a 1st place finish in the 8k as well! Results currently unavailable, but it’s safe to say BDP kicked a$$!Rounding out our incredibly festive St. Pats racing weekend, Rachel Cundy repped in Portland, OR at the Shamrock Run 8k, taking 5th F in 31:11, behind pro runners the likes of Tara Welling, who won the 8k in 28:56. Full results can be found HERE!
Congrats to all those who competed! It was a weekend for the books, that’s for sure! And, on top of being blessed with a beautiful weekend, we are blessed to have a team of so many outstanding individuals, who, when they come together, whether in racing alongside one another, against each other, volunteering, working the med tent, or cheering out on the course, are even more incredible. Can’t wait till St. Pats 2019!