02/15/2015 – Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Marathon – Fort Ebey State Park, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA
From the Gun Battery, the trail loops twice gently along the rims of Fort Ebey State Park’s forested kettle depressions rolling through the multi-use Kettles Trails and teetering on the sheer bluffs overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains acquiring 5500 feet of vert over the 26 miles of trails.
09/20/2014 – Yellowstone-Tetons 50 mile Endurance Run – Mesa Falls to Driggs, Idaho
Starting at Mesa Falls, this point to point 50 mile road run begins with soft rollers, interrupted by a gentle middle 15 mile uphill section and eventually flattening out for the final 15 miles. It’s all road and exposed, but you knew that going in, so there’s no crying in ultra running.
08/16/2014 – Squamish 50M – Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
The race report in 32 short descriptions: Oceanfront start, railroad flat, headlamps on, sweaty humid, Garibaldi aid, still lakes, buttery trail, here we go, short and steep, bike rollers, technical downhill, Galactic Scheisse, fogged in vista, Word of Mouth, somehow still going downhill, Quest University, gnome tree, switchback uphills, hunting rabbits, sit-down on trail leg cramps, hydrate more, is that chafing?, run tentative, oh my, yes, that’s chafing, Mamquam Falls, only 10k left!, renewed energy, Mountain of Phlegm, stairs – seriously?, rock climbers, finally flat, downtown finish! 50 miles. 11,000 feet of vert. The Squamish 50.
07/12/2014 – Mt Hood 50 – Clackamas Lake, Oregon Starting at Clackamas Lake this 50 mile race is split between two out and backs, both along the heavily shaded Pacific Crest Trail. Heading north first, the trail is slightly longer rolling past lakes as still as paintings and stunning vignettes of the majestic Mt Hood, before returning back to start/mid-ish-point/finish line and continuing south to the buttery smooth but resoundingly hilly complete single track and finally finishing with 5,500 feet of elevation gain.
06/14/2014 – Bryce Canyon 50k – Bryce Canyon, Utah
A 50k race starting at 7,800 feet above sea level, slicing down through blood orange-red sandstone hoodoos before steadily climbing through an undulating 5,500 feet of crisp green pine groves, the Bryce Canyon 50k in southern central Utah is an understated race which should find some national coverage in the not too distant future.
05/17/2014 – Sun Mountain 25k – Mazama, Washington
A course with a little bit of everything including blue skies and wild flowers, the looped 25k race traversed through 2200 vertical feet of rolling summer trails on Sun Mountain in the beautiful Methow Valley. With climbs both runnable and literally breathtaking, mountain range vistas and meandering hillsides cascading into the valley, and hundreds of people scattered along the trail we finished where we started with pizza pies, cold tasty beverages, and stringing lively music by The Pine Hearts.