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!

2017 Scotiabank Half Marathon By Courtney Olsen

I like to race independent of attention and sans support, but also alongside a teammate, so that it can be about the teammate and not myself. This isn’t because I’m afraid to declare a goal or that I’m afraid of failing, rather, because I don’t need confirmation. All I care about is that I’m proud of me. I’m working through just what this means, how I can cultivate it, what’s real and what’s not by way of accurate assessment of self and accomplishment that feels filling and not temporary. Accomplishment that reverberates. A lot of times what elicits pride seems shallow or short-lived or external. Always a number. I’m always reaching for a pace, or a finishing time, though I know, when I get there, because I will, I’ll find another number. But, I also know that when you don’t let people in on your journey, you’re denying them of something. The only way I’ve been able to wrestle this down, is by seeing it from this lens – that I am denying my friends, teammates and family the opportunity to support, and in doing so, am selfish. A sort of reverse psychology on the self.

I wrestled with it by saying, No, No, Yes. When Alyson offered to be crew chief, to wake up at 4:00 am on a Sunday, to drive Nikki and I to the Scotiabank ½ in Vancouver, BC. A saint. Also, the reason why we started Bellingham Distance Project. Because of women like this. We had chosen this race as a team months ago, with I teetering on the edge, never quite sure how I’ll bounce back from the DH Run at Ski to Sea. I’m also a chronic over-doer, leave-my-race-in-the-workout kind of a-hole, so…to combat that I got a stern lecture from Nikki, who encouraged me into a very necessary base phase leading into Scotia. The last year has been hit or miss, in the land of plateau, and a reset was important. It’s hard to go into a race that you respect and want to do well at, without “purposeful” training towards it, or sharpening workouts, but it was also thrilling. It’s exciting to play with the thought, “What can I do with this base?” Or, “Is there magic in me?” Meaning, I got to forgo all that specific, anal attentiveness to numbers and simply race with no expectations.

The experience of Scotia was sensory. It’s surprising I didn’t actually get closer to a personal best, because I was so present. Fully. Close to that flow, that zen they talk about (i.e. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi). I wore a HR monitor to gather data to use in the buildup to the Bellingham Bay Marathon, and taped my watch so that I would be more in tune with my body, and present. It was,

Start soft, in control, aware of the down but more aware of the upI’m warm, though I’m barely wearing clothes, let’s follow the beautiful F5’s lead and saturate the skull with cold water at each aid
This slow incline suits me, I have no idea why
You can tune out, listen to their breath, look at the patterns of shade on the road
You can tune out, forget these early miles; remember tune out really means tune inward
You can sit here for a few seconds, but don’t only use her, help her
Match stride, help her to feel like we’re connected, effortless in the gathered effort
Thoughts of and to Nikki, who I want to feel empowered from this experience
Her breathing is becoming more labored, a hitch in the stride; but we’re having fun, I want her to stay
Loosen the clasp of your fists, delicate thumb to fingertips
It’s warm; “warm” is a less damaging word than “hot”
We’re halfway, and I’m happy, Gu me – chocolate – the easiest it’s ever gone down
Drop shoulders, loosen arms
My legs feel strong despite a few pulses of electric fatigue along the calves
The bottoms of my feet are sore – hot pavement or inordinate amount of mileage on the ST’s?
Burrard Bridge kind of blows, but I loved that slow incline in the beginning, so I can love this one too
This guy is helping me stay honest
This is the longest k of my life, I’m doing that ugly jutting chin thing
“Do I have this?” “Just race!”
Finish line – That’s a surprise of a time; felt much harder than that
Let’s be thankful and acknowledge the heat
Cold water over head, a bottle down, pink as a pig on a spit

Al, who is ever upbeat and full in ecstatic energy helped fill my well. Hawk-eyeing in towards the finish, waiting for Nikki to come through; somehow we missed her. We did not miss incredible feats of projectile hot yellow vomit and a man drop to his knees a few feet from the finish line, only to be picked up by volunteers and helped across. Nikki would run her second fastest ½ time after having spent the last year solely focused on the trail marathon-50k distances, gaining vert as opposed to pounding pavement. If anyone deserved to have a good day, to prove to herself how powerful and multi-talented she is – talented as well as hard-working and not just one or the other – it was Nikki at Scotia.

Results: Nikki was 3rd in her age group and 11th F; I was 3rd F to the incredibly talented Dayna Pidhoresky (1:18:10) and Lyndsey Tessier (1:17:00).

After the race Al and Nikki were kind enough to let me buy a whole new wardrobe on Robson, even leaving to get me a toasted sandwich and a water to make sure I was fueled, because I was that intense about shopping. We stopped in to listen to a few minutes of Vancouver’s Jazz Festival off Robson, happening upon Ariel Pocock on piano, a North Carolina-based musician influenced by Cuban and Brazilian folk music, with hybrid vocals the likes of Spektor and Jones.

I am obsessed with Pacific Road Runners, BC Athletics and Canada Running Series, namely with Clifton, Maurice, Karen, Steve and on! Each of them, their races, their community involvement, the efficiency and organization of their events, and their support of Bellingham Distance Project blows my mind. I couldn’t be more thankful. From the simple gesture of handing a bottle of water at the finish line and directing me with a kind voice to the tents for coffee, pastries, yogurt parfait and a private porto, to the awards, where the female presenter clutches my hips because that’s where her head reaches, and says, “Oh I have to stand on my tippy toes,” to which I say, “You’re perfect. I love your height,” to the live band with the girl in white hotpants, to talking to the humble and incredible Canadian greats, Dayna and my girl crush Catherine, it’s just the most soul-filling experience to race in BC.

Coming Up – The Marathon du Mont-Blanc & Scotiabank 1/2 Marathon!

Our sweet Maria has been in France for the past couple weeks, alongside husband, coach and photographer, Tad Davis, prepping for the Marathon du Mont-Blanc 42k this Sunday, June 25, in Chamonix; Chamonix is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy, which hosts Mont-Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. The photos of their adventures are incredible, and can be seen HERE. See below for a description of the feat she’s about to tackle –


“Starting from the centre of Chamonix (1035m) the route climbs steadily towards the upper valley, progressively passing through the hamlets of ‘les Bois’ and Lavancher to reach Argentière (1250m). Runners will bypass the village of Argentière and reach Le Planet by the ‘Chemin des Rambles’ before going to Montroc using a local road, closed for the event. After going through the village of Montroc you take the trail towards Tré le Champ and from here, you go towards the Col des Montets. The route crosses the ‘Col des Montets’ (1461m) in the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges’ Natural Reserve. Then along the ‘chemin des Diligences,’ the old stage-coach route, you arrive at the hamlet of Buet before reaching Vallorcine (1260 m), nestled at the bottom of a pretty valley at just a stone’s throw from Switzerland. Here begins the progression to the Col des Possettes (1997m) via a trail leaving from the Plan de l’enders. A refreshment post is available at the top of the col before finally climbing up to the Aiguilles des Posettes (2201m) where you will be rewarded by a breathtaking panoroma of the Mont Blanc range. Facing the ‘Aiguille Verte’ and the Mont Blanc range, the route follows the ridgeline of the ‘aiguillette’ gradually descending in the direction of Tré le Champ. You will go along a pretty trail that brings you toward le Tour, crosses through the village, and then takes you near to the Tour glacier. Then, you will take a north facing trail (a cooler perspective….) towards Montroc before crossing through the hamlets of the Frasserands and Tré le Champ. At the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges massif, at the opposite of the Mont-Blanc range, the route climbs up towards la Flégère (1875 m). After crossing the magnificent Charlatan comb (1812m) the climb is gentle on a balcony path, with one of the most beautiful views of the Mont-Blanc, to reach Altitude 2000.”

Not as cool as Chamonix, but also a race abroad, Nikki and Courtney will race the Scotiabank 1/2 Marathon in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, June 25, as a nice breakup in their base building training as Nikki preps for a European trip to traverse UTMB with Scarlett, and Courtney lays the foundation for the Bellingham Bay Marathon.

IAU Long Distance World Trail Championships, Sound to Narrows 12k, Portland Track Festival & the Solstice Challenge 12 HR!

On June 10th at 8:00 am (midnight here), the 2017 IAU Trail World Championships were held in Badia Prataglia, Toscani Italia at Trail Sacred Forests. The World Championships course was near 50k and featured 2,990 m. in elevation gains/loss.

Photo by: Richard Bolt

The US Women’s team consisted of our love, Corrine Malcolm, as well as Anita Ortiz, Caitlin Smith, Ladia Albertson-Junkins, Keely Henninger, and Megan Roche. The US Men’s team consisted of Hayden Hawks, Cody Reed, Tyler Sigl, David Roche, Mario Mendoza, and Andy Wacker. For a full review of all participants and country’s featured, see HERE.

In iRunFar’s Women’s preview, Megan Hicks said, “…it looks like it will favor those who can work steep hills well at shorter-distance ultramarathons. The race is competitive in its breadth and depth, truly a world-championship event. Racing together we’ll see some of the best road ultrarunners, trail runners, short mountain-running specialists, long-distance ultramarathon specialists, fell runners, and more–from six different continents–all in one place. The women’s race has 111 entrants, vetted for participation through their country’s qualification process.”

Photo by: Dayle Quigley

Corrine Malcolm – Only returning member of Team USA from the 2016 IAU Trail World Champs, where she finished 28th (and was Team USA’s highest-placing runner); 1st 2016 USATF 50-Mile Trail National Championships; 7th 2017 Chuckanut 50k (behind winner Ladia Albertson-Junkans).”

Ladia would be the first US Female finisher in 13th, followed by Anita Ortiz in 43rd, Corrine Malcolm a minute behind, 3rd US finisher and 44th Female. Caitlin Smith was 4th US and 48th Female. Megan Roche was the final scorer for the US team, 5th US and 72nd overall Female.

Photo by: Dayle Quigley

One the Women’s side, France was 1st, Italy 2nd and Spain 3rd. The US Women’s Team placed 6th overall out of 21 teams. On the Men’s side, Spain was 1st, France 2nd, and the US 3rd.

June 10th was also host to the Sound to Narrows 12k, a hilly west Tacoma race. Hazel Clapp, our certified road queen, took 2 minutes off her previous PR at the race, and was 8th Woman overall.

June 10th was ALSO host to the Portland Track Festival’s Open Women’s 5k, where Rachel Cundy added to the bank of mental toughness and aerobic work, by giving it all she had, celebrating with the very necessary Voodoo Donuts.

June 10th was ALSO ALSO host to Bend Racing’s Solstice 12 HR Multi Sport Challenge, where at 5 pm at Mackenzie Bridge, OR, Scarlett along with Team Quest teammates, set off on a challenge that would consist of Class II/III whitewater rafting, epic single track mountain biking with serious elevation gain, trekking, and serious downhills that would allow for a “blistering fast final dirt descent to the finish line.” Scarlett’s team took 3rd Overall, and this was after she competed in the first ever Mount Baker Ultra Marathon a week before…

S2S, Chuckanut Mountain 1/2 & the Mt. Baker Ultra Marathon!

Ski to Sea 2017 was as it continues to be – incredible and a catalyst towards a summer of ventures both individual and united. Several of our athletes competed on various teams: CorePhysio, Brandon Nelson Partners and SHEroes, in the downhill ski/snowboard leg and the downhill run leg. In the Whatcom County Women Division, CorePhysio, with Scarlett Graham as DH Ski and Hazel Clap as DH Run, took 2nd in the Division/30th Overall. In the same Whatcom County Women’s Division, Brandon Nelson Partners (formerly Kulshan Cycles), with Amber Morrison as DH Ski and Courtney Olsen as DH Run, took 1st in the Division/22nd Overall. Team SHEroes in the Competitive Women’s Division, with Alyson Carlyon as DH Ski and Aly Howisey in the DH Run were 2nd in their Division/33rd Overall.

Photo by: Annie Hewlett

Incredible Female performances spanned the entire day, though coverage of such amazing feats were little to nil. It all started with Kikkan Randall as the very 1st finisher in the XC Ski leg, over a minute ahead of 2nd place/1st Male, with a time of 19:26. Scarlett Graham was Top Gun (which S2S removed honoring a few years back…) in the DH Ski Leg – 1st Female in 25:31. 2nd Female was Amber Morrison in 26:39. Following in 3rd, 4th & 5th were Whatcom County residents as well – Courtney McBean, Katelyn Steen and Alyson Carlyon. Courtney Olsen was Top Gun in the DH Run, finishing in what might be the highest overall place for a Female in that leg – 5th Overall, in 40:05. Megan Northey of SHEroes was Top Gun in the RD Bike Leg, finishing in a time of 1:45:57. Veronica Wisniewski and Gwyn Howat of Brandon Nelson Partners were Top Gun in the Canoe leg in 1:53:44, a personal best for the duo. Kirsten Jensen of Jack’s Bicycle Center was Top Gun in the CX Bike Leg in 42:45, followed by Brandon Nelson Partners’ Kristen Mckenzie in 2nd in 45:08. Jack’s Bicycle Center’s Sally Wallick was 1st Female/Top Gun in the Kayak in 44:38, followed by Brandon Nelson Partners’ Heather Nelson in 2nd in 46:07, both teams of which would go on to win their prospective division titles. There were so many more insanely inspiring Female performances out there; this was just to name a few…!


Last weekend held two kickass races and even more inspiring performances, which all started with the Chuckanut Mountain ½ Marathon run by Bellingham Trail Running Series. Teammate Nikki Vander Wiele, who’s had a kickass Spring of trail racing, raced the ½ amidst several bulky weeks of training. Her beautiful race report is below:

“In most races I go in with a goal – a time, a place, a feeling – something to drive me, something to chase. More often than not what prevails is a lesson. This weekend’s lesson came to me as soon as I started to climb Hemlock trail.

The past few weeks have been full – full of life, full of miles. I like to be busy and usually have a lot of energy, so I pack in work, yard maintenance, power washing, house cleaning, cooking, groceries, laundry – you know the list – it’s life and it needs to be done. I find the time, squeeze it in and try my best to be organized and power through.

Running is what I love and want to do so I always make time for it. Lately the high mileage weeks require a lot of time, but it’s fun and I can, so I keep doing the miles, and the doubles, and try the hills, and the little workouts, and the weekend long runs with my friends. I want to do it all and I think that I can. I like to call it “wonder woman syndrome.” I look around at my friends and teammates and all that they balance: jobs, relationships, yard projects, adventures, training, travel. I see it in Aly’s “what ski to sea legs?” workout attempt, in Scarlett’s marathon-a-month racing schedule and the odd Mt. Baker summits and adventure races just in case that wasn’t crazy enough. I see it in Corrine’s home for 48 hours-altitude training-international racing-camp leading-poster presenting. We all have it – this drive/motivation/dream that inspires us. How we believe in the endless chase, that we have super powers of limitless energy, no need for sleep, and spontaneously regenerating muscle fibers that instantly bounce back from races and workouts.

Which brings us to the start of Saturday’s race. I knew I was coming off a big mileage push in training (over 100miles in 7 days is the most I have run in a week since 2012) and a couple big weekends on the trails with more elevation and climbing than I’m used to, BUT, I took Friday off and went for a walk so I figured my legs were going to be “fresh” and “spunky” for the race, right?! Sure it was an emotional and stressful week, BUT, I’m tough and resilient and I can just compartmentalize and not let it affect my racing, right?

On my warm-up my legs felt a little heavy and my hammy and back were really tight. I ran an extra mile hoping it would loosen me up. I looked around the start line to scout out the comp, noticing that several were missing I’d expected to see there. From the start, the first 4 miles cruises down the Interurban; I felt good, hit sub 7 pace and thought, This could be a good day! The top 2 women were out ahead of me but I knew my strength was in the second half of the course and hoped I could reel them back in then.

…then I made the turn to start climbing through Arroyo and up Hemlock trail and I realized I had no power. This was where I was struck with the lesson of the day: “I am NOT wonder woman.” Turns out I cannot do it all. I can’t run high mileage and workouts and expect to still feel fresh as a daisy. I can’t skimp on sleep and load up on chores and expect not to feel tired. Will power, determination, guts, and never giving up can fix a lot of things, but they can’t fix everything and sometimes just trying harder isn’t enough. So the second lesson of the day became “Grace.” I decided not to be frustrated or worry about whether or not this was going to be my best performance or most fun race ever and just accepted where I was at – 5 miles in to a 13 mile race with tired legs and crampy calves. I decided to do my best with what I had. So I walked more climbs and technical sections than I would have liked and I charged the downhills with all I had to make up time and I kept telling myself, “See how fast your tired legs can go!” I never saw the two female leaders again, in fact I ran most of the rest of the race completely alone. But I stayed engaged and was proud of myself for fighting as best as I could. My Strava splits show where I’ve made improvements over last year as well as the few miles I clearly struggled, but I closed the last 1/2 mile at 6:11 pace chasing that PR with all I had. I finished in 2:07:01 and was 3rd Place Female. It wasn’t what I hoped for but it was all I had that day. In the end the goal isn’t to stop believing that I am wonder woman, it’s to give myself enough grace to know that even when I’m not, I am enough.

Special thanks to Destination Trail for hosting another great race, all the other competitors for making it fun, and to Sierra, Anna, Tad, and Maria for the cheerleading on the course!”
We are fans of Alicia Jenkins, who raced the Chuckanut ½ as well, a mere 6 days post Ski to Sea, where she raced the DH Run Leg. After completing this race, Jenkins took 1st in the 2017 Bellingham Trail Running Series. Our dear dear friend and supporter, Max Antush won the Chuckanut Mountain Marathon, breaking the course record in a time of 3:47:54 (that’s with 4,525 ft. of elevation gain!) For FULL RESULTS see HERE!

Photo by: Mount Baker Ultra Marathon

At midnight on Sunday, June 4th, Scarlett Graham took off with a group of adventurers for the inaugural Mount Baker Ultra Marathon, “a 50 mile out and back foot race from the town of Concrete, Washington to Mount Baker’s Sherman peak at 10,160 ft. (3,097m). The race draws its inspiration from the century old Mount Baker Marathon that lasted for three years from 1911-1913.”

“The idea for the Mount Baker Ultra Marathon was conceived in 2012 by Daniel Probst. 2013 saw the first attempt at the 108 mile route from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Mt. Baker and back without success. All three attempts would end without a return trip; lightning storms, pouring rain and exhaustion delayed success. On the fourth attempt in August of 2014, Beat Jegerlehner, Aaron Poh and Daniel Probst finally made the return trip to Bellingham in 48 hours and 17 minutes. These group runs were repeated in 2015 and 2016 with 12 more runners adding their names to the list. The Mount Baker Ultra Marathon is a Haggard Events LLC event and directed by Daniel Probst.”

Our team was eagerly tracking Scarlett and the other racers all day yesterday, the tracking of which was a little wonky. We heard word back from Scarlett that she had completed the race at 3:10p – about which meant she completed the race in 15 hours and 10 minutes, roughly. Flagging was off on the way back, and four racers went the wrong way, but Scarlett had a buttload of fun. If you haven’t heard, we’d love to break this down for you – this is what Scarlett has done in the last 2 months:

1. Birch Bay 30k (3rd Place) – 4/1/17
2. Krank Adventure Race – 4/5/17
3. Boston Marathon – 4/17/17
4. Sunflower Marathon (3rd Place) – 5/6/17
5. Kulshan Quest 12 HR Adventure Race (2nd Place) – 5/13/17
6. Ski to Sea DH Ski Leg (Top Gun) – 5/28/17
7. Mount Baker Ultra – 6/4/17

Check out more information about the Mount Baker Ultra Marathon HERE!

Transvulcania, Roar & Soar 5k and Kulshan Quest Adventure Race!

Photo by: Martina Valmassoi

In a big, exciting, growing year for teammate, Corrine Malcolm, named to Salomon, and picked up for the Trail World Champs team to be held on June 10th, it was by luck in a dance of balance that she was signed up for Transvulcania (part of the Skyrunner National Series), a race which would take place just weeks before the 2017 Trail World Championships.

Transvulcania hosts routes as hard as they are spectacular. The well-known Ruta del Baston makes you feel like you’re flying over the National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente, “leaving the incredible sea of clouds under your feet during the climb to Roque de los Muchachos.”

The ultramarathon route “begins at Faro de Fuencaliente and continue through the ‘Gran Recorrido’ trail GR 131, also known as ‘Ruta del Baston,’ until Puerto de Tazacorte. From there, it connect with the GR 130, Camino Real de la Costa, until the finish line, located in Plaza de Espana – Los Llanos de Aridane…Transvulcania is one of the toughest trail running races of the world, with a distance of 74.33 kilometers and 4,350 meters of positive cumulative gain and 4,057 meters of negative cumulative gain.”

On May 13th, Corrine made it to the 50k mark of the Ultramarathon before her locking lower back made it impossible to go further. Thankfully, she had the support of a Salomon crew at the aid station, who supported her in making the tough call. The Ultramarathon was won by Timothy Lee Freriks of Flagstaff, AZ (7:02:03), followed by Ludovic Pommeret of France (7:18:15) and Zaid Ait Malek, currently living in Spain (7:26:31). First female was the bloodied Ida Nilsson of Sweden (8:04:17), followed near 30 minutes later by Anne Lise Rousset of France (8:32:15) and Hillary Allen of the US (8:38:46). Full results for the Ultramarathon, as well as the half and marathon can be found HERE.

Up next for Corrine – ITRA’s Trail World Championships in Badia Prataglia, Toscani Italia on June 10th.

On Saturday, May 13th, a world away in Lynden, teammate Hazel, the road circuit queen, also competed, in the Roar & Soar 5k. Hazel took 1st Female, after having PR’d at the distance at last weekend’s Haggen to Haggen 5k…The Roar & Soar 5k is family fun event with all proceeds going towards volunteer teams at Fisher, Isom & Vossbeck Elementary schools to benefit the children. As a team, we not only love to compete, but really value races where proceeds are able to go back into the community, to benefit programs for youth, and to encourage youth in active, healthy lifestyles early on. We are proud of Hazel for participating, winning, and thankful for the organizers of the Roar & Soar. Keep up to date with them HERE!

Saturday, May 13th was also host to Bellingham’s Kulshan Quest Adventure Race, which teammate Scarlett Graham competed in…let’s remind you she raced Boston, and took 3rd at LAST WEEKEND’s Sunflower Marathon…participants of the Kulshan Quest Adventure race are given maps with checkpoints identified, and you and your team have to decide which routes you will take. For those of you new to Adventure Racing, an article called “Get Lost in the Kulshan Quest,” written by Ian Ferguson on 2014 explains it in, “An adventure race combines two or more endurance sports with navigation. Individuals and teams race from point A to point B by any route they choose, usually with a map and compass. Instead of relaying each section, teams must complete the race as a unit. The most extreme adventure races test the limits of human endurance and can last a week or more. Kulshan Quest is more accessible with a six-hour division and a 12-hour division.” Ferguson goes on to explain, “Although the course is kept secret, what is known is that the race will begin in the Fairhaven area. There will be kayaking, trail running and mountain biking sections, though not necessarily in that order. Teams will get lost. Fun will be had.”

Scarlett took 2nd in a double with Mitchell Harter (team name: Quest AR – Right Behind You) with a finishing time of 20:04 and 33 CP’s. I have no idea what this means, but it’s really really cool. Full results HERE!

Up next weekend – Maria Dalzot will race the Sun Mountain 25k in Winthrop, WA! And you’re probably wondering what’s next for Scarlett…well it’s Ski to Sea, and for several years she’s been car-free while doing the cross country ski leg…so…

Haggen to Haggen 5k, Sunflower Trail Marathon and Bloomsday!

This past weekend held the 24th Annual Haggen to Haggen 5k, the 37th Annual Sunflower Trail Marathon, and the 41st Annual Bloomsday! Across these three incredible and well established Washington races, we had four athletes competing. First up was GBRC’s Haggen to Haggen 5k, our local Bellingham race, which is THE quintessential place to nab a PR, and our girl Hazel did just that with a finishing time of 18:49! For full results go HERE!Saturday, May 6th also held the Sunflower Trail Marathon in the Methow Valley in Mazama, where our babes Nikki and Scarlett raced, having camped out the night before in a hostel. The Sunflower Trail Marathon begins at 2,180 ft., and “includes well marked deer trails, single track trails, and gravel roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower carpeted meadows and fields. At two points, racers climb to 2,600 ft. The finish is at about 1,600 ft. in Twisp.” Despite a fall where Nikki was scraped up and covered in blood, she took 1st Female and 4th Overall in 3:42:11, and Scarlett was 3rd Female and 8th Overall in 3:47:29! For the Sunflower Trail Marathon results see HERE!On Sunday, May 7th, Courtney raced Bloomsday in Spokane, WA, her 2nd showing, the first having been back in 2013, with fellow WWU alums Danielle (featured above) and Kyle Lampi and Jordan Welling. Bloomsday features over 50,000 runners on average and honors International, US, Washington State and Masters athletes with an incredible prize purse. Despite a weeklong sickfest, Courtney snot-rocketed her way to a 3rd Washington State Female Finish, and was 26th Female, PR’ing at the race and distance in 44:48. For Bloomsday results go HERE!

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.