Runner Refunds - deadline February 22nd

If you are unable to attend the race please let the race director (chuckanut50 at gmail.com) know before Wednesday, February 22 to receive an entry refund less $25. If you ordered a shirt, we will be happy to send it to you. We do not allow entry roll-overs or transfers and will not issue refunds after that date. http://chuckanut50krace.com/details/ 

We still need volunteers! You can sign up via the Google Docs link in our website menu bar - VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

We hope to see as many community members out there as possible!

Come Celebrate the 25th Running with us!

Race Map Current and Live

Check out the Race Course page under Race Information for the most up-to-date map of the course, techy GPX and KML files of this year's route. A Points of Interest Map will also help you plan your race weekend. 

The course map will also be live on PDF Avenza in the next week (fingers crossed). 

All of these materials are available thanks to the work of Maps for Good (maps and app version) and Tad Davis (tech files). Thank you for sharing your resources with the race and community.  Runners - use them! They are awesome. :)

 Maps For Good

Maps For Good

Volunteer at Chuckanut 50k!

Our coRD Tyler has made signing up to volunteer  for this year's event super easy. The Google Form link is in our menu bar or at THIS LINK.

Join us in the celebration of the Chuckanut 50k's 25th running! The photo booth, food trucks and sponsor/supporter tables are open to the community. Cheer on the runners along the course or back at the finish in Fairhaven Park will make for a fun day - rain or shine!

#Chuckanut50k co-RDs: Communications Maven

To celebrate the 25th Running of the Chuckanut 50k, RD Krissy Moehl has pulled in an awesome team of 3 local running friends and race directing extraordinaries in their own experiences to pull off an incredible event! This team of 4 look forward to working together to organize the race details focusing on the grassroots vibe & feel of each previous year, and plan to add an additional shine with fun extras to make this year super memorable. 

Alina has more than a decade's worth of practical experience in sports and event management. A life-long competitive swimmer and collegiate water polo player, Alina earned her B.A. in Anthropology where she studied endurance sport as a rite of passage. Her interests in sport, adventure and the outdoors have steered her around the globe. She has coached a men’s water polo team in Thailand, obtained her surf lifesaving certification in Australia, ski-mountaineered Mt. Cook, New Zealand, summited Mount Kenya, trekked Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit and volunteered for multi-day adventure races in Fiji and Malaysia. Most recently, Alina has directed 250-kilometer multi-stage, self-supported footraces in Chile, Egypt, Jordan, China and Antarctica for the 4 Deserts Race Series. She has also completed many endurance and multi-sport races, including Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji, Connemarra Ultra Marathon, Hong Kong 100, Hong Kong Trailwalker and Ironman Couer d'Alene. She is thrilled to be back in Bellingham--now with a husband and under-two-year-old--after six years away and can't think of another race or any other trails on which she'd rather be working.

#Chuckanut50k co-RDs: Logistics Guru

To celebrate the 25th Running of the Chuckanut 50k, RD Krissy Moehl has pulled in an awesome team of 3 local running friends and race directing extraordinaries in their own experiences to pull off an incredible event! This team of 4 look forward to working together to organize the race details focusing on the grassroots vibe and feel of every previous year, and plan to add an additional shine with fun extras to make this year super memorable. We look forward to introducing each of them to you in the following Race Updates.

Tyler moved to Bellingham 6 years ago as a Western student and fell in love with the community. He started volunteering for the YMCA's trailblazers program and caught the bug. He started coaching track and field and cross country at Sehome High School in 2012. Shortly after he began working with Recreation Northwest on the Kids Traverse and the Bellingham Traverse as the equipment and logistics manager. Working with Bellingham Parks he has picked up experience in  distance races and triathlons, and is always looking for a new challenge. Tyler is excited to be a part of the 25th Chuckanut 50k and to work with such an experienced team of race directors.

Race Directing x 4! Chuckanut 50k adds 3 co-RDs for the 2017 event!

To celebrate the 25th Running of the Chuckanut 50k, RD Krissy Moehl has pulled in an awesome team of 3 local running friends and race directing extraordinaries in their own experiences to pull off an incredible event! This team of 4 look forward to working together to organize the race details focusing on the grassroots vibe and feel of every previous year, and plan to add an additional shine with fun extras to make this year super memorable. We look forward to introducing each of them to you in the following Race Updates.

Volunteer Coordinator - Kevin Douglas

Kevin Douglas has been running ultras since 2009 and race directing in Western Washington since 2012.  Some of the races he has run include H.U.R.T. 100, Boston Marathon, Dragon's Back and Hardrock to name a few.  He is a member of the Skagit Runners for which he is the race director of the Tulip Run and Lost Lake 50k & 25k.  Kevin also directs the Winthrop Marathon & Half Marathon and the Ghost of Birch Bay Marathon & Mega-Half Marathon.  He has volunteered at many races doing jobs including sweeping, working at an aid station, and timing at the finish line.  Kevin looks forward to being a part of the running community in the future either race directing or running himself.  There are many things that he is looking forward to in 2017 but one of the ones that sticks out the most is being asked to be a CO-RD for the Chuckanut 50k.  Kevin is excited to help make the 25th Chuckanut 50k a huge success with Krissy, Tyler and Alina!

 Kevin really is a smiley guy... just not in this photo :)

Kevin really is a smiley guy... just not in this photo :)

Registration Opens December 1st!

The 25th Running of the Chuckanut 50k is scheduled for March 18, 2017. The race starts at a civil 8am. We are moving back to the classic course - Starting and Finishing in the lovely Fairhaven Park. 

Registration Fee: $95 on UltraSignUp.com 

 

 

Add ons:

* $25 - long sleeve Patagonia shirt with celebration logo

* $28 - Running Your First Ultra - autographed and shipped by Krissy Moehl (race director)

CHUCKANUT 50K 2016 Post-Race Wrap

Reading through the race report (article will print in next issue of Ultrarunning Magazine) written by 2016 3rd place male finisher Matt Flaherty this afternoon triggered some reflection. The 24th running of the Chuckanut 50k has been written into the record books as one of the most seamlessly run events. Everything flowed. Typically as an RD there is something going on  behind the scenes (hopefully) that causes stress. This year, with the dry weather and relatively warmer temps the day worked exceptionally well. 

It's easy to give the weather credit for the good or bad that happens on race day as it is a big influencer, but I really feel that the credit goes to the community that continues to bring amazing energy (no matter the weather) and support the Chuckanut 50k year after year. Truth be told, the support grows each year. In all of my years as RD I have lived everywhere but Bellingham. This year being a local I really felt the support and excitement for this annual event.

from Matt: The community’s embrace of Chuckanut and its traditions gives the race a grassroots feel. Among those who Moehl praised is second-year co-RD Kristie Ensley, who organizes all volunteers, even making lunches for them. “She brings so much love to the race,” Moehl exudes. Race co-founder Doug McKeever still meticulously marks the course, not only with pink flags but also with hundreds of encouraging and silly signs. Glenn Tachiyama—well-known in the Northwest for his stunning ultrarunning photography—perches in the most picturesque spots on the course, capturing the difficulty of the technical Chuckanut Ridge Trail and the grit demanded by the late-race Chinscraper climb.

In the week prior, a major windstorm hit the PNW and Chuckanut ridge saw countless blow downs. The course was essentially impassable in places, but you didn't know it on race day. The collective effort of Larrabee State Park staff & volunteers, Whatcom County Parks and Rec staff, Whatcom County Mountain Bike Coalition and Chuckanut RDs removed every obstacle from the trail in time for this year's field of 312 runners to pass through. Local businesses donated soup from Book Fare Cafe and coffee from Tony's as well as discounts - Great Harvest Bread & Terra Organica - to feed our runners along the course and in the post race. Our post party at Wander Brewing capped of the weekend with a great celebration raising $1212 for the local Girls on the Run chapter. All amazing add-ons to organizing the local 50k.

While maintaining the local, grassroots vibe, the event draws a competitive field and handing out significant prize money each year thanks to our hearty list of SPONSORS is an exciting plus. I love hearing the stories from the trail, no matter where you are in the field. Matt details out his own drama while capturing key aspects of the course that makes the Chuckanut 50k a special race.

From Matt:  In my case, I felt confident in my technical trail and descending abilities, as well as my speed on the flats. I thus briefly and intentionally lost contact with Kraft and Werhane on the climbs up to Chuckanut Ridge, careful not to overdo it. On the beautiful section of technical ridgeline trail that followed, I quickly passed Werhane and gradually caught Kraft. The sunny day granted clear views of Mt. Baker to the east, though my energy in that moment was fully devoted to the roots and steep rock slabs underfoot.

To read the full write up, check out the next issue of Ultrarunning Magazine. 

2017 will be be 25th running of the Chuckanut 50k and the Bellingham crew has already gathered over beers at Wander to detail out many possibilities of what will make the event a great celebration. Watch for early registration and plan to spend March 18, 2017 in Fairhaven, Washington. I'll be here :)