Thoughts from co-RD Kristie Ensley:
As a first year co race director I really didn't know what to expect being involved with the Chuckanut 50k. Lets just say I was blown away! Our volunteers were an amazing group of people, their enthusiasm and support was invaluable. Without them the whole gig would have been impossible. Their dedication, cheers and support really lead to the whole race experience being that much more powerful and enjoyable for our runners; Aid Station Captains who didn't skip a beat, they knew exactly what to do and execute without hesitation. Ma Moehl served soup and helped take care of runners ALL DAY! And of course Krissy with her steadfast efforts to make the event a cup free race. She was dedicated to maintaining a clean race and preserving the beauty of the area. The Chuckanut trail system is a treasure and was treated as such. As a local runner I took great pride in her efforts on this front and had a sense of gratitude for all the runner's compliance.
It was an exhilarating day full of smiles, laughs and tears. Watching runners cross the finish line knowing all the hard work and preparation that goes into a 50k was inspiring & rewarding. Races are such a testament to thorough planning and execution. There is a quote that reads “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." I felt lucky to be a part of Chuckanut 50k.
Watching the Chuckanut 50k be absorbed and loved by the Bellingham community over the last 13 years has been such a beautiful process. From the start, the running community has supported this event and now it feels that the entire community is committed to the Chuckanut 50k and own it as their event. I feel the pride of locals as they talk about the race to me, whether or not they know that I am the race director. I love hearing about the training runs, the nervousness about registration and whether they will get a spot in time. I love how people volunteer their day, no matter the weather, to ensure that their community event shines. I'm with Kristie, I feel lucky to be a part of the Chuckanut 50k.
Congrats to all runners on their preparations and race day efforts!
look for David Laney's article in Ultrarunning Magazine!