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Start of the Chuckanut 50k in 2012.

Start of the Chuckanut 50k in 2012.

Quick Facts


Race Name: Chuckanut 50k


Location: Fairhaven, WA

Facebook Page: /Chuckanut50k

Founded: 1993

Founders: Doug McKeever & Richard West

Race Date: March 16, 2019

Race Time: 8am - 4pm (8 hour cut-off)

Race Director: Krissy Moehl

Co-RDs: Kevin DouglasTyler Pouley

Hashtags: #Chuckanut50k, #CNut50

Race Organization: Runner Girl Races, LLC

Favorite quote: “It’s a classic... don’t ever change it!”


Each year we have an amazing crew of volunteers that seem to have a blast no matter the weather. These people make the race possible, and we are so thankful for all of their hard work and support. This race could not happen without the energy of the volunteers, so be sure to thank every volunteer you can! If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Google Form. Our volunteer coordinator, Kevin Douglas, can also be contacted at lostlake50 at

Blind and Visually Impaired Runners

Following the guidelines of United in Stride, we are excited to add a Visually Impaired Division to the Chuckanut 50k in 2019. This is to encourage and let runners know we will do our best to involve anyone that is interested and prepared to run our race course. Please contact race director Krissy with questions and for additional information. As this is our first year we are developing the program and appreciate your suggestions and patience as we create our process.


The Chuckanut 50k has been around for 26 years. The 2019 edition will be our 27th running. Doug McKeever and Richard West started the race in 1993 and led the charge for ten years. In 2000, I (Krissy) participated in the Chuckanut 50k as my first ultra; when Doug and Richard “retired” in 2002, I decided to ensure that the Chuckanut 50k would continue. There is something about that first ultra that holds a special place in one’s heart. In 2010, I formed Runner Girl Races, LLC, and am coordinating the race under this business.  

I could not pull together the many facets of this event without the many amazing hours of help and support by many committed volunteers year after year.

Dave Terry cruising into Aid #1, 2008

Dave Terry cruising into Aid #1, 2008

The Chuckanut 50k is dedicated to Dave Terry (1961-2009)

The following note written in January 2010 from race founder Doug McKeever captures our dedication to DT: 

“Chuckanut was a special race for Dave and I think he liked the present course that Richard and I designed more than we did! The technical trails, the mud, the long climbs and descents on gravel roads, and the 10 km flat out and back on the crushed rock path ALL matched Dave’s versatile running skills. I remember him writing me a thank-you note, which he concluded (after we had muttered about some course changes): “It’s a classic….don’t ever change it!”  





To Peggy & Dennis Moehl (aka Ma & Pa Moehl).  They give so much of their time, life and energy to making each year a success.

Doug McKeever, former RD, continues to mark and clean the course every year.  He is a constant sounding board for the little and big questions that arise.

Steve Loitz.  Through many life events Steve has swept the course on race day every year since 2003.  He rallies a hearty crew for a fun day, and ensures the course is better than we found it.

To Ellen Beecroft for her major contribution the as co-RD 2010-2012.  Ellen's hard work ethic made the 20th anniversary a huge success.  With just the two of us we pulled off double the event size and triple the work load.

Heather Anderson added her flair as co-RD in 2013 & 2014. She coordinated volunteers and managed local details.

Kristie Ensley (2015 & 2016) brought her friendship and caring nature to coordinating the volunteers and tirelessly helping with connecting the race with the community. Her energy filled the work days leading up to, and on race day, with laughs while getting stuff done. 

Kevin Douglas, Alina Prendville & Tyler Pouley for their energy and awesome collaboration to pull of the 25th Running Celebration in 2017.

Toward Zero Waste

The goal at a Toward Zero Waste event is to plan ahead and distribute only materials that are recyclable or compostable (no materials that will be landfilled). There will be very few trash cans at the event. Instead, stations for recycling and composting collection are available to participants at several locations. Toward Zero Waste events are a great way to show our commitment to the environment and create a living model for event participants and the community. If you have questions as as to whether items are recyclable or compostable, call Sanitary Services Company at 360-734-3490 or visit their website at