Congratulations to Monica, DeAnna, and Dave on running 100 miles at Cascade Crest! 100 miles of beautiful,green trails in Easton, Washington. Not an easy 100 miler, this course contains over 22,000 ft of elevation gain and has very few crew access points. The stunning scenery makes up for the difficulty. Towering trees provide plenty of shade and everything is green and growing. There are even lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. The course is primarily single-track trail with about 25% on forest roads with the highest elevation at 5800 ft. Very different scenery compared to the wildfires and drought Santa Barbara is currently experiencing.
Cascade Crest was Monica’s first 100 mile race. Very exciting! She is tough – this is not a typical “starter” 100 miler. Joe was able to meet the group at about mile 25 for the first time and again when he began pacing Monica at mile 54. DeAnna and Dave, both having completed their first 100 miler at Rio Del Lago last November, were running solo. All three were hoping for a Hardrock qualification here. The race began at 9 am Saturday morning and had a generous cutoff time of 34 hours. Not that any of our runners needed to worry about the cutoff times. 🙂
Our three SB Mountain racers gave incredible performances. Monica crushed her first 100 miler! She finished in the top 50 overall in a difficult race. Dave had an awesome day as well, finishing under 27 hours and 38th place overall. DeAnna showed herself to be one tough lady. Despite suffering from stomach issues for over half the race, she kept pushing forward to finish 52nd overall. Congratulations to all three! You earned those snazzy belt buckles and Hardrock qualifications. Relax and recover – you earned it!
Congratulations Kate on a second place finish at Bulldog 50K! Bulldog is a well-known race, taking place not far from Santa Barbara in Calabasas, CA in the Santa Monica Mountains. There is a 25k an d a 50k option. The 50k is essential the 25k twice. This race is best known for being HOT. Nancy Shura-Dervin, the race director, warns participants every year about the likelihood of very high temperatures, especially on the exposed sections of the course (ie all of it). Past races have experiences temperatures over 100°F. There are horror stories from past participants of melting as they make the second climb up the Bulldog hill.
Ignoring the heat, the course is a beautiful mix of fireroads and single-track trail. It starts out with about a mile of flatish running before the first major climb begins. A long fireroad climb leads to ridgeline views of the Pacific Ocean. Plenty of runnable downhill follows with a few minor climbs to mix things up before it’s time for the second loop. Thankfully, while still plenty warm, Bulldog had another year of mild temperatures.
Kate headed to Bulldog with her good friend Diona and they both conquered the course! Kate finished second with Diona close behind for third. Way to go ladies!!
Mark headed back to his roots to race the Cinderella Trail 30k. While visiting his mom in Oakland, CA, he found ribbons which eventually led to running the Cinderella 30k. The Berkeley hills contain some stunning trail scenery – giant redwoods, beautiful flowers, soft trail. The race begins in Joaquin Miller Park and winds along into Redwood Regional Park. There were multiple race distance options from 5 miles to 50k. The 30k had a little over 3000 ft of elevation gain in the form of rolling hills. Mark crushed the race and took 4th overall. Congrats Mark!
Congratulations Patty! One week after running a BQ at the San Francisco marathon, she is out on the trails to tackle the Audi Power of Four 50k. The race takes place in the Aspen Snowmass mountains in Aspen, Colorado. A beautiful but difficult course with about 12,000 ft of elevation gain. That’s worse than SB 9Trails! Adding to the challenge, the race begins at 8,000 ft climbs above 11,000 ft twice; starting out with over 3,000 ft of climbing in the first 2.5 miles.
Patty is currently training for the Leadville 100 on August 20 in Leadville, Colorado. The San Francisco marathon and the Audi Power of Four 50k were tune-up races leading to her goal 100 miler. After two great finishes and a successful training season, she is ready for Leadville!
Angeles Crest 100 is one of the original 100 mile races. Despite being held in southern California in the middle of August, AC is still an insanely popular race which has previously sold out within minutes of registration opening and since switched to a lottery system. Both Joe and Ken both decided to run this race for a second year in a row. This point-to-point course has a grueling 20,000 to 21,000 ft of elevation gain with a high point of 9300 ft at Baden Powell. It’s packed with mountainous, technical climbs and descents. Midday temperatures on exposed sections of the trail can easily go above 100°F. Ken chose to run solo, however, Joe had two trusty pacers in Mark and Dave. Other notable Santa Barbara affiliated entrants include Jon Zaid, Tyler Clemens, Ian Seabury, and Peter Brennen.
After starting the race at 5 am Saturday morning, Joe and Ken ran through the day and then also ran through the night. 100 miles is a long way to run. Mark was able to join Joe at Chilao Aid Station (mile 53) and Dave at Chantry Flats Aid Station (mile 74.5). Back in Santa Barbara, the rest of the team settled for following their races via live tracking. Both had fantastic performances. Joe finished about 7 hours faster than last year! Ken has raced well here two years in a row – he was about 1.5 hours faster than last year. Congrats guys on conquering such a difficult race!