Course Preview Run, March 3rd

March 3rd join The Balanced Athlete and Aspire Adventure Running as they bring runners together to preview/run the middle 30k of the Chuckanut 50k course. This is a casual group run where each runner is responsible for their food, water and knowing the route. We usually gather 25-75 people so there will be people to team up with out there.

RSVP and group run event details on Facebook: Chuckanut 50k Training Run


So much Support!

The list of companies and brands that get behind this race extends beyond the list of Sponsors that we announced earlier this week. If you have any history with the Chuckanut 50k this will also read very familiar. I love that we are able to rally this support year after year. Most of these brands have aligned with the event in some capacity for nearly every year that I've been the RD. That is 16 years now! As a supporter, each brand brings and sends generous quantities of product to share with our runners and volunteers. This year's list includes

Fairhaven Runners, Terra Organica, Trail Butter, Rocket Pure, Lily Trotters, Bija Chocolates and Wander Brewing.

Check out our Supporter page to learn more about what each brand brings to the 2018 event.

Announcing our 2018 Sponsors

If you have any history with the Chuckanut 50k this announcement will read very familiar. We are incredibly lucky to work with some of the best brands in the industry year after year. Most of these brands have supported the event in some capacity for nearly every year that I've been the RD. That is 16 years now! As a sponsor each brand contributes $500 to the prize purse for our top 3 female and male athletes and top female and male master athletes.

In addition to this financial contribution they each bring and send generous quantities of product to share with our runners and volunteers. With brands like

Patagonia, Vasque, Flora Health, First Endurance, Ultimate Direction, Ultrarunning Magazine, Pro-Tec Athletics, Gore-Tex, Julbo and Clif Bar

headlining the sponsor list, runners and volunteers know the gear is going to be good! Check out our Sponsor page to learn more about what each brand brings to the 2018 event.

Chuckanut 50k Runners voices heard for Blanchard

At the 2017 Chuckanut 50k Conservation NW and Skagit Land Trust joined our pre race event at the Chrysalis and hosted a booth at the finish line on race day. Their initiative? To help raise awareness around the potential logging of the Blanchard core - a key recreation area for many trail users. In addition to raising awareness they asked our runners and volunteers to sign a postcard if they supported the protection of this area. We were able to generate over 300 postcards that contributed to the 1200 that were sent by Skagit Land Trust! 

From Skagit Land Trust: Their advocacy helped make a difference. The push by constituents and visitors to fully fund the protection of Blanchard was huge. Key decision-makers heard us. The Washington State House budgeted the full amount needed to finalize protecting the core of Blanchard Mountain through the Trust Land Transfer program. The Senate has not passed a capital budget yet, so we are stuck in limbo right now until they do. 

Fortunately leaders at the Department of Natural Resources have said they will  avoid logging the core in the short term, and are still working with stakeholders to ensure that the funding is fully secured.

We will keep you posted!

For more information:

This Skagit Valley Herald article explains the current budget situation and how it affects Blanchard: state-budget-decisions-for-blanchard-forest-

You can read updates here from Skagit Land Trust Blanchard Update

And from Conservation Northwest. conservationnw./blanchard-mountain






Per the Washington State Department of Transportation and Bellingham Maintenance Department of the WSDOT, the road closure on Chuckanut Drive/State Hwy 11 is in effect throughout the entirety of the race weekend. Fortunately, this closure does NOT affect race participants (including staff, volunteers and runner crews) driving between the start/finish line at Fairhaven Park and other sections of the course; however, it does mean that people driving to/from Bellingham from the south will need to take I-5 (rather than Chuckanut Drive/State Hwy 11) as shown on our driving directions.

UPDATE 1 @ 9:35AM

Good news! The road closure is SOUTH of the Lost Lake parking lot, so it should NOT affect volunteers, spectators and crews driving between Fairhaven Park and the southern end of the course. For race participants driving to the race from the south, we recommend taking I-5 (as opposed to Chuckanut Drive/State Hwy 11) to reach the race location.


This morning (Friday, March 17) a section of Chuckanut Drive was closed due to a mudslide. Please keep checking this page and Facebook for notices on the closure. We're hoping the road will be cleared today but, if not, this may mean alternate driving routes for volunteers, spectators and crews. It also means that runners driving to Bellingham from the south will need to take I-5 (rather than Chuckanut Drive/State Hwy 11).

Furthermore, we're taking another close look at the conditions on the course today to ensure that everything is clear and safe.

Until then, please read our previous post on course conditions, weather forecast and crew instructions.



With one day to go to our 25th running, the trails look great (considering they were covered in snow no more than a week ago)! The trail condition varies from good to muddy, and the route is now totally clear of snow. Our fearless founder Doug McKeever spent Thursday surveying and clearing the trails (in glorious sunshine, no less). There are some fallen trees across the trail that Doug was not able to completely clear, so he has cut steps into the trunks for runners to better navigate over. He's also marked the upper loop with Doug-style race signs.


We are expecting wet weather conditions all day Saturday, 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!).


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.


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.

See you soon!

25th running Race Prizes

The Chuckanut 50k awards prizes to runners in Overall, Masters and Age Group categories. We are fortunate to be able to award a total of US$4,500 in prize money, along with sponsor gear and beautiful pieces of Pacific Northwest-inspired art. See below for details on each award:

Our $4,500 prize purse is made up of $500 contributions from each of our Chuckanut 50k Sponsors: Patagonia, Vasque, Flora Health, Ultimate Direction, 1st Endurance, GORE-TEX, UltraRunning Magazine, Pro-Tec Athletics and Julbo. Prize money is distributed to Overall Winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd places) and Masters Winners (1st place). Runner Girl Races pays an additional $200 Course Record bonus in the case of a new Course Record by a male and/or female athlete.

Our Sponsors and Supporters also provide gear that is awarded to Age Group Winners in each 10-year division (i.e., Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+). Awards include Patagonia trail running clothing, Vasque trail running shoe certificates, Flora Health bottles of nutritional oils, Ultimate Direction packs, GORE-TEX certificates, Pro-Tec Athletics new Extreme Orbs, Julbo sunglasses, UltraRunning Magazine subscriptions, Trail Butter pouches, Fairhaven Runners grab bags, Black Diamond lights, Rocket Pure body products and more. 

Amazing local artist Todd Stephens of Millbrook Clayworks has been working with the Chuckanut 50k for the last five years, providing beautiful pieces of pottery to every winning athlete, as outlined below. A Western Washington University graduate, Todd's art pieces are inspired by the Pacific Northwest and reflect a love of nature. You can learn more about Millbrook Clayworks, including where to purchase products, on its website.

Millbrooks Clayworks - Beautiful pottery for Overall and Age Group winners

Millbrooks Clayworks - Beautiful pottery for Overall and Age Group winners

2:30pm awards CEREMONY

We will announce winners in the Overall, Masters and Age Group categories as well as Qualifiers for Team USA and Team Canada for the IAU Trail World Championships!

1st Overall Male & Female - $1,000 each & Pottery
1st Masters (40+) Male & Female - $650 each & Pottery
2nd Overall Male & Female - $400 each & Pottery
3rd Overall Male & Female - $200 each & Pottery
1st-3rd Age Group Male & Female - Pottery & Sponsor/Supporter Gear
  Age Group Categories: Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
* Note that no athlete can win multiple awards.
** $200 Course Record bonus in the case of a new Course Record by a male and/or female athlete.