WWU Classic, Hole in the Wall Invite, Oregon Coast 50k & Chicago Marathon Results!

October 7 – The weather held out for the WWU Classic at Lake Padden in Bellingham on Saturday; teammates Brittany and Katelyn traversed their old college-hosted course side by side once again, finishing with Katelyn in 9th in a time of 21:58 and Brittany in 18th in 22:27. Though BDP did not field a full scoring team, the two kicked a**, and the work put in at Padden will greatly compliment their endeavors at the Lake Padden Trail 1/2 this coming Saturday. It’s not too late to sign up for the Lake Padden Trail 1/2-sign up HERE! Results for the WWU Classic HERE!

October 7 – The Hole in the Wall XC Invite (5k) is a 2-loop mix of grass, track and gravel road, held in Arlington, WA, and teammate, Rachel, home from school in Portland for the weekend, raced, taking 3rd Female in her prospective race, and bettering her time from the same course the year previous. October 7-8 – The sold out Oregon Coast 50k proffered not only a CR, but three male competitors under the old CR. Mario Mendoza of Bend shattered the record in a time of 3:42:11, followed by Paul Weeks of Seattle in 3:48:33 and Ryan Kaiser of Bend in 3:54:10. The previous CR was held by Ryan Ghelfi (3:57:58). Teammate Alex Giebelhaus was 37th in 5:12:18, as he works towards the Orcas Island 100 Mile in February. 50k Results HERE! 30k Results HERE!October 8 – As most of you were probably aware, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon took place on Sunday, and we were obsessively tracking a handful of runners, including our teammate, Amber. Amber was set to nab the OTQ of 2:45, but unfortunately came down with a pretty debilitating sickness, and had to stop at mile 10 of the marathon. We are thankful to the Chicago Marathon medical staff who treated her. It’s extremely disheartening when you train for something that you need to go right on one specific day, only to fall sick, but Amber is passionate and resilient, and we can’t wait to see which race she’ll choose next!

Even if you missed the Chicago Marathon, you probably heard that for the first time in 35 years, an American-born runner won…Galen Rupp (previously Greg Meyer in 1982), in 2:09:18. Letsrun has a great article about it HERE. Yet this wasn’t the only incredible thing to have happened…his Nike Oregon Project teammate, Jordan Hasay, finished 3rd in a time of 2:20:57 (a 2 min. PR, and now 2nd on the all-time list of American marathon performances). It seemed like it was hit or miss for most competitive athletes at this year’s Chicago Marathon, with some breaking new or old ground, and gaining PR’s, showing exemplary fitness, and others having a rough time, hitting the illusive wall. We’re incredibly proud of all, no matter what, and each act of perseverance had us running a little harder on Sunday, in solidarity. Full results for the Chicago Marathon can be found HERE.

WOW. What a weekend. So many distances, cities, states, styles. We’re enthralled and motivated. Fall is definitely racing season, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Congrats to all those who raced, and best of health to all those in their recoveries.

Oregon Coast 50k and Chicago Marathon Preview

The popular Oregon Coast 50k and 30k are sold out. Alex Giebelhaus is in. He will toe the line on Saturday, October 7th @ 9:00 am.

Hosted by Rainshadow Running, the Oregon Coast 50k will traverse from “…beach to the bluffs to ridges high above to waves crashing into rocks just feet away…” Never far away from the ocean, and “incredibly scenic,” the race starts “…on a wide, flat beach just south of Waldport, Oregon…to the small seaside town of Yachats and past it to Cape Perpetua Park. After running a big loop at Cape Perpetua, you’ll head back to an ocean-side finish at a hotel lawn in Yachats. Most of the miles are on fun, soft singletrack, that winds its way along the course, and for the 50k distance, there’s a 6 mile stretch of sandy, but firm beach running at the start, a tiny bit of pavement, and some packed gravel trail to round out the course…” The post-race festivities are sure to be memorable, with drinks, hot food and live bluegrass. Wishing all the best for Alex and all other racers in the 50k/30k!On Sunday, October 8th, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take off with teammate, Amber Morrison seeking the Olympic Trials standard for the 2020 Olympic Trials (2:45:00).  Morrison last raced Chicago in 2014, where she placed 45th F in a time of 2:49:15, despite nursing an injury. With a PR of 2:46, Morrison will toe the line healthy and hungry this year, having narrowly missed the last OTQ. Live race day results and tracking can be found HERE. We will be following her obsessively via the Chicago Marathon app; her bib # is 379. Good Luck Amber!!

Stumptown XC 5k, Baker Lake 25k, and Island Quest AR!

Saturday September 30, 2017 – In the first of their series, Team Red Lizard hosted the Stumptown XC 5k at Portland Meadows in Portland, OR. Rachel is currently in PT school in Oregon, and repped us over there, coming away with a top 14 finish. Results can be viewed HERE!

Saturday was also host to the Baker Lake Classic 25k, which “…occurs in a beautiful serene fall setting. Stands of giant old growth trees draped in lichen and covered in moss are some of the highlights…from north to south, the trail contours the eastern shoreline of Baker Lake, offering glimpses of Mt. Baker.” Shawn was 2nd Overall, with a time of 2:01:03 behind Tyler Mitchell of Bothell, who finished 1st in 1:49:57. Nikki took 2nd F/8th Overall in 2:16:58 behind friend, Lauren Breihof, who was 1st F in 2:12:00. Results HERE.

Rounding out an eventful Saturday, Scarlett and Alex competed separately at the Island Quest AR, where athletes have to find the best route through the course which takes place along the rugged coastline and granite-capped mountains of the San Juans. The 12-hour event is part of the Cascadia Race Series and involves trekking, mountain biking and sea kayaking. Paired up with Mitchell Harter and Aaron Rinn, Scarlett and the two beasts made up Quest AR Right Behind You, and took 4th. Alex and his teammates Kevin “Navigator” Terpstra and Tommy Lingbloom of Team Tall competed against them and 17 other teams in the 12 HR category, placing 3rd. A 3 HR category also exists. Full results HERE. *If you want to check out a great race recap about her previous experience at the Bend 30 HR, check out Scarlett’s write up via Quest Adventure Races HERE!

 

An Ode to Gary (Willoughby) Bland

“A good fisherman knows a keeper when he sees one, he knows when to toss one back, and when to head for home.”

On July 9, 2017, Bellingham lost a really, really cool man. Gary Willoughby Bland, a dear friend of my grandfather Bill’s, passed away. Gary was a fan of BDP, a silent supporter, always following our accomplishments and lessons learned, on top of being a mentor to many. A donation was made in honor of Gary, to the Bellingham Distance Project. We are extremely grateful and wish to honor him and the lasting reach he had on so many as we continue to pursue our goals.

“Gary was born May 18, 1940 in Bellingham to Clyde and Juliet (Willoughby) Bland. As a youngster Gary worked as a caddie at Bellingham Golf and Country Club and in high school continued working there on the night watermen crew. After graduating from high school in 1958 he worked for a short time at Boeing and then spent 40 years at Georgia Pacific as a Pipefitter where he formed many lifetime friendships. In 1965 he married Patricia Hanson and together with their son Tory enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, slow pitch baseball, motor cycling, and traveling to the warm beaches of Hawaii. He took great pleasure and pride in encouraging and supporting his son in his athletic endeavors. In later years Gary continued to mentor many young people in fishing, golf, and life. For several years he volunteered  to assist his good friend in coaching the Lynden High School golf teams. Gary and Pat also loved traveling around the US supporting the WWU golf teams. Gary has been a member of BGCC since 1983 and had great fondness for the course that he worked at so many years ago. In his retirement years he continued to volunteer on large and small projects for the betterment of the club. But his greatest passion was fishing in the salt water, rivers and lakes, and in recent years he added fly fishing to his list of ways to enjoy being out on the water. He was a good man, beloved by many. He was preceded in death by his parents. Gary is survived by Pat, his wife of 51 years, son Tory, brother Jim, and many loving relatives and friends.”

Gary’s obituary was announced through the Bellingham Herald.

Last Weekend’s Results – HTC, Cutthroat Classic & the Cascade Crest 100!

Photo by: Robyn Hefner

Photo by: Rachel Leftwich

Photo by: Rachel Leftwich

At the 35th Annual Hood to Coast Relay, Alyson’s team, Puke and Rally (#45), were 9th Overall and 2nd in the “Mixed, Moderately Old People” Division with a finishing time of 21:33:24. Hazel’s team, #GRRLS (#856) finished 3rd in the Women’s Open Division in 24:09:01. Full results can be found HERE!

Photo by: Tad Davis

At the Cutthroat Classic, Maria fought hard for her 4th place finish, saying, “Even though I had a tough day on the mountain…it was really fun to race and go back and forth amongst a strong group of women. Congrats to Ladia Albertson-Junkans for crushing the course record and many thanks to Methow Trails and Winthrop Mountain Sports for a great racing experience! Special thanks to Lily Trotters Compression for sponsoring me and allowing me to be a part of their ambassador program.” Ladia Albertson-Junkans broke the course record in a time of 1:20:47, was 1st F and 4th Overall, followed by Kelly Quinn in 1:24:31, Novie Mccabe in 1:25:05 and Maria in 1:26:02. 1st place M was Brett Winegar, finishing in a time of 1:15:06, followed by Josh Kaplan in 1:15:13. Full results can be found HERE!

Photo pulled from: Kaytlyn Gerbin

At the Cascade Crest 100, Scarlett Graham aided Kaytlyn Gerbin (Bib# 64) to an incredible 1st place finish in under 24 hours, with a time of 22:22:45! When results go live, they can be found HERE, until then, it looks like 1st place M was Lindsay Hamoudi in 20:08:09, followed by Matthew Urbanski in 20:11:25, Ben Koss in 22:09:02, Jesse Rickert in 22:10:28 and then the babe herself, Kaytlyn Gerbin in 5th Overall and 1st Female 12 minutes later.

Congrats to all those who toed the lines of each race last weekend, to those who fought hard, who gave it all they had that day, to the finishers, and to our women, our teammates and their friends, who we are never-endingly proud of and inspired by.

 

Coming this weekend – HTC, Cutthroat Classic, and the Cascade Crest 100!

Team Puke’n’Rally at HTC, 2016

Starting today, August 25th, teammates Alyson and Hazel will set off on separate teams to compete at the 36th Annual Hood to Coast Relay. Considered the “Mother of All Relays,” HTC started in 1982, today hosts 1,050 teams of 12 runners (8 minimum), travels 199 miles, and has sold out on the first day for the last 19 years straight…The start line begins at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood (approx. 65 miles east of downtown Portland), and finishes in Seaside, OR tomorrow, Saturday, August 26th. We’re excited to hear all the delirious stories of these two teammates, and hope that there’s a little smack talk in competing against each other for once.

On Saturday, August 26th, Maria will compete at the Cutthroat Classic in Mazama, WA – an 11 mile trail run through the North Cascades, which follows the Pacific Crest Trail and over Cutthroat Pass. This race too, constantly sells out. The course – Beginning at Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Scenic Hwy., elevation (4,870 feet); the route follows the Pacific Crest Trail north on a steady, gradual 5 mile climb to Cutthroat Pass (elevation 6,835 feet). Racers will then descend 4 miles down to Cutthroat Lake, continuing gradually down for 2 miles to the Cutthroat Creek Trailhead (elevation 4,480 feet).

Rounding out the weekend, on Saturday, August 26th at 9:00 am to Sunday, August 27th, Scarlett will be pacing her friend and fellow competitor Katelyn Gerbin at the 19th Edition of the Cascade Crest 100. Scarlett and Katelyn have raced each other in Squamish and Orcas, and for the Cascade Crest they will work together to achieve Gerbin’s goals. Due to the closure of the Salmon la Sac Rd. that services the second half of the course, and because of forest fires, the Cascade Crest course has been altered, and in 2017 will serve as an out and back, from Easton to Hyak and back. The course is actually 102 miles long, and has an elevation gain of 22,250 feet. “Cascade Crest is non-profit and seeks to offer an awesome 100 mile experience while also supporting the Easton Volunteer Fire Department and other worthy service organizations.” They also “…promote [their] trail community by supporting trail improvement organizations like the Washington Trails Association. Requiring all runners to complete a day of trail work…” We really appreciate the community Cascade Crest brings together, and how much they give back.

Best of luck to Alyson, Hazel, Maria, Scarlett and Katelyn Gerbin this weekend! Results to follow!

Introducing our Men’s Division!!!

Back in 2013 a few Bellingham women got together to create something they thought the city was currently missing – a community for serious post-collegiate female runners. Right out of college, where I’d competed on the National stage in XC, indoor and outdoor track, I dabbled in some club teams, in assistance coaching, but ended up taking a few years off from competing. For one, it was probably necessary after years of hard effort, but also it was because I didn’t know how to continue to be serious about running and competing outside of the scope of college. Of a coach, given. Of a team, given. Of races, chosen. And, really, it was like I had worked with these things – a program, a team, a coach since I was in elementary school; it felt like I had taken for granted all of this good stuff, to the point that when I didn’t have it, I felt dropped, lost, that everything I’d invested in, in those years competing and running on a team, which instilled in me a lifelong competitor and teammate, had a shelf life.

When I stopped feeling sorry for myself, moved back to Bellingham, and found that there were all these incredibly talented women, together, we knew we had to create something that would encourage post-collegiate athletes to feel that support and like-mindedness, that fire, that competitive spirit, that platform to aid each and all of us to reach our goals no matter how ambitious. That’s how the Bellingham Distance Project started. And here we are, 4 years later, grown to 14 women, with specialties in road, trail, ultra, adventure and beyond.

And, here we are, 4 years later, welcoming a new division of Bellingham Distance Project – a Men’s Team! We’ve been talking about it for quite some time, really wanting to provide for local men the same platform we were able to create for the women of Bellingham, and, with these three incredible core members, we are able to! We want to extend a warm welcome to David Larpenteur, Leighton Overson, and Maxx Antush! We are so incredibly excited about these three incredible men. David and Leighton are triathletes as well as runners, and have been competing locally and on National and World stages for years. They balance their training and competing with full time jobs, and for Leighton, a family, including 3 little nuggets. Maxx is a graduate student at WWU studying Exercise Science. His focus is on trails; he’s a top contender in all races he takes on. The women of BDP have spent a good deal of time with these men already, competing alongside at local races, on Ragnar teams, in training runs in the mountains. Together, we hope to help one another reach our goals and support one another in life outside of running and competing.

Are you interested in applying to the Bellingham Distance Project men’s team?? Please email us at bellinghamdistanceproject@gmail.com or apply HERE!

Malcolm takes 4th at the 2017 Leadville 100!

Photo Cred: Dayle Quigley

On Saturday, August 19 at 4:00 am, Corrine Malcolm set out on her first 100 miler – the Leadville Trail 100. After 22 hours, 52 minutes and 25 seconds, she finished – 1st in her age group, 4th Female and 25th Overall. Corrine’s madre, Dayle Quigley was a kickass crewperson, updating all of us with photos and news online.

Ian Sharman of Bend, OR was the Men’s winner, finishing in 17:34:51, about an hour ahead of 2nd place’s, David Teirney in 18:32:34. Devon Yanko of San Anselmo, CA was 1st Woman with a time of 20:46:29, followed by Simona Morbelli of Climax, CO in 21:16:22 and Christy Burns of Evergreen, CO in 21:43:15. Full results can be found HERE.

Malcolm set to race the Leadville 100 this weekend!

On Saturday, August 19th at 4:00 am, Corrine Malcolm will begin the 35th Annual Leadville 100. “The legendary ‘Race Across The Sky’ 100-mile run is where it all started back in 1983. This is it. The race where legends are created and limits are tested. One hundred miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain — from elevations of 9,200 to 12,600 feet. You will give the mountain respect, and earn respect from all.” “The course is a 50-mile (80 km) out-and-back dogleg, starting at 10,200 feet (3,100 m). The centerpiece of the course is the climb up to Hope Pass at 12,620 feet (3,850 m), encountered on both the outbound trek and on the return.”

“Race co-founder Kenneth Chlouber, an avid marathon runner, conceived of the race as a way to make Leadville famous and bring visitors during a period of economic downturn. When he told the local hospital administrator about his idea he was told, ‘You’re crazy! You’ll kill someone!’ Chlouber responded, ‘Well, then we will be famous, won’t we?'”

“Leadville is one of the four 100-milers in the United States that make up the ‘Western Slam,’ completing four western 100-mile (160 km) events: the Leadville 100, the Western States 100 in northern California, the Wasatch Front 100 in Utah, and the Angeles Crest 100 in southern California. Leadville is also part of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (the Vermont 100, Western States 100, Leadville and the Wasatch Front 100…)…”

“Leadville was the venue for the American debut of the Tarahumara runners of Mexico. In 1992 the Tarahumara first showed up to run outside their native environs…” In 1994, the then 25-year old “…Tarahumara runner Juan Herrera won in a record time of 17:30. His mark stood for 8 years until broken by Chad Ricklefs in 2002 (17:23), then again by Paul DeWitt in 2004 and finally by current record holder Matt Carpenter’s performance in 2005.” Ann Trason is the women’s record holder, earning the time 18:06 in 1994, and 2nd overall to Herrera.

The Leaville 100 will be Malcolm’s debut at the 100-mile distance, having previously focused on the 1/2 to 100k distances. Her first and only 100k was the Gorge Waterfalls 100k in Cascade Locks, OR, where she took 4th. Other notable performances include The Broken Arrow Skyrace Vertical K (7th), Yakima Skyline Rim 50k (2nd), Chuckanut 50k (7th), Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon (1st), Run the Rut 50k (6th), Cayuga Trails 50 Miler (1st), and on.

Malcolm is bib #503. Live tracking will be available HERE! Kick ass Corrine!!

 

Nikki & Scarlett Take on the UTMB Course On An Incredible Women’s Runcation – Nikki’s Trip Recap!