Registration for 2019!!

UltraSignUp.com hosts our registration and on December 7 at 8amPST we will once again test the bandwidth! Last year 500 spots filled in 12 hours. This year we will host 500 runners, opening 600 race spots and a 100 person waitlist for the 2019 event. RACE DATE is March 16, 2019.

Runners will be able to add items to their $95 registration fee:

  • Our traditional long sleeve Patagonia race logo’ed shirt for $25 (valued at $40!)

  • Race Director Krissy Moehl’s Book: Running Your First Ultra for $28

  • A 4-pack of Chuckanut 50k BibBoards for $8

See you soon!

Race Wrap Up

A week plus later I sit in marvel at how the month of March unfolded for me personally and for the numerous people that create Chuckanut.

Race directing for 16 years now, I know that something odd will happen each year. This year I tried to throw the odd-ball item at the race by signing up for my own competition - running 100 miles, in China on March 9 at the highly competitive Gaoligong by UTMB event. More often then not runners haven't a clue of the craziness that RDs manage in the weeks, days and hours leading up to the race. One year race HQ flooded at 9pm Friday night before the race. Another I blew up my Dad's truck delivering water. We've had major windstorms blocking the trails with countless trees. Landslides. And this year we even had an unfortunate plane crash near our Aid Station 3 location. We always work with the various entities that support the race and the community time and time again rallies in ways I could never imagine possible to pull off another awesome Chuckanut 50k.

This year was no different.

Having what felt like half a brain after running my tail off in China, I spent most of the day in awe of how our system flows and works. How our community steps in and steps up to meet any ask and need of the race to ensure that the event is an awesome experience for everyone.

I am so thankful for the teamwork I have with Kevin and Tyler. It was at their insistence that I tackle the China race, ensuring me that we would all be ready come Chuckanut race day, no matter what state I was in. We bumped our planning schedule up by a month and nearly everyone met our new deadline requests for permits, Sponsor & Supporter product shipments and correspondence.

 It was incredible to be a part of once again. Thank you to the Bellingham Community, the Ultrarunning Community and the close support of dear friends and family that keep this event such a gem year after year.

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Did you Claim your Shirts & Prizes??

Race Directing duties continue days after the race is complete. Thanks to the help of awesome friends and family the tasks are fun and we enjoy the cathartic process of closing the books. A post race report is still to come! This is just some house keeping.

AGE GROUP PRIZES:

If you placed in the TOP 3 in your age group you won a prize! We handed these out at the awards ceremony on race day, but there were a number of you that were unable to stick around, or maybe weren't aware that you'd won. If you would like your prize shipped to you, please contact the RD chuckanut50 at gmail.com to coordinate shipping (at your expense) or pick up. There are some sweet Sponsor & Supporter swag bundles sitting in my living room - be sure to claim them!

RACE SHIRTS: 

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If you want a shirt to help trigger the good memories from this weekend, or want to take advantage of the killer deals we have on Patagonia Capilene shirts we've got you covered. Thanks to Ma Moehl's organization we have a count on the remaining shirts. 2018 shirts are $25 + shipping. Previous year's shirts are $10 + shipping. Please email RD chuckanut50 at gmail.com with your size, ship to address and method of payment. (check or paypal are best)

2018 Women's White: 6 small, 5 medium, 9 large, 4 XL

2018 Men's Grey: 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large, 2 XL

2017 Women's Blue: 7 large, 2 XL  

2015 Women's Red: 3 XL

2015 Men's Red: 1 large

TRAIL CONDITIONS, WEATHER FORECAST & CREW INSTRUCTIONS

TRAIL CONDITIONS

With one day to go to our 26th running, the trails are shaping up to be in great condition! The trail condition varies from good to muddy, and the route is now totally clear of snow. Our fearless founder Doug McKeever spent Thursday marking and clearing the upper loop with the classic Doug-style race signs.

WEATHER FORECAST

We are expecting possible wet weather conditions all day Saturday (very PNW), so be sure to prepare and dress adequately. Each runner is able to leave one bag with dry clothes and other post-race necessities (a towel would be nice!) properly labeled with a bib number at the finish line. Note that we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items (this has never happened, but we have to say it anyway!).

POST RACE

There will be a warm shelter, changing rooms and open-sided tents in Fairhaven Park for runners to rest, clean up/change, relax, eat, drink and socialize after finishing the race. Please stay for the many post-race festivities and Awards Ceremony beginning at 2:30pm - details on the activities and celebrations are outlined on our Race Weekend Details page.

CREW DIRECTIONS

Please see the link to our Crew Directions under the RACE INFORMATION menu tab for information about race day crewing. We welcome crews at Aid Stations #1  & #5, both hosted in the Lost Lake Parking Lot. You will need your Discover Pass and note that parking is LIMITED. You can park at Larrabee State Park and carefully cross Chuckanut Drive to meet up with the trail.

See you soon!

Prize Drawing to Benefit Whatcom County Girls on the Run!!

FIVE Prize Packages valued over $500 EACH!

With the generous support of our race Sponsors & Supporters the Chuckanut 50k RDs put together 5 prize packages worth over $500 each. Whatcom County Girls on the Run will sell tickets, $5 each & 5 for $20 on Friday and Saturday of race weekend. ALL monies are a direct donation to WCGOTR!!

We will draw for the winners on Saturday night at our post party hosted by Wander Brewing. You must be present to win - except the Grand Prize. We will ship the grand prize to the lucky winner if not present.

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PARKING & SHUTTLES

Runners and Supporters will park at Western Washington University Lot 12A, see map, and be shuttled by The Baker Bus to the Start/Finish area.

The first shuttle will leave the parking lot around 6:15am and the last shuttle before race start will leave at 7:45am.

Race Start is 8AM.

Shuttles will run all day to transport crews & friends.

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Eye on the Prize

We feel spoiled in how many amazing goods we have to share with our runners and volunteers this weekend! The Sponsors and Supporters have outdone themselves with gear and there are many representatives that will be onsite race weekend to interact with. Check out our Awards page!

Masters, open contenders (in addition to the Sponsor supported prize purse) and age groupers will run for these beautiful mugs, handcrafted by Todd of Millbrooks Clayworks and dear friend to the Chuckanut 50k. This is Todd's 5th year creating these awards for our top finishers and we love sharing his work with our race family.

Race Details: Finish Line Drop Bags

On your race bib there is a coordinating numbered tag for you to attach to your drop bag. We will have an empty Uhaul truck to keep your drop bags dry and volunteers to organize them for easy retrieval after the race.

Because of the limited space (our effort to keep your finish clothing dry) please keep your bag to a reasonable size and under 10lbs. We also ask that you omit any liquids. Thank you for your help on this new program.

Bibs & Shirts

Race bibs, bundled with Bibboards and shirts (if you ordered one) will be available all week for pick up at Fairhaven Runners. Tyler will drop them off Sunday March 11, morning at 11am. If you see how cool the shirts are this year and decide you want one we have a few extra that will be available for sale Friday night and Saturday morning.

Be sure to check the RACE WEEKEND DETAILS for all your planning, parking and race prep needs.