Race: Cascade Crest 100 – http://www.cascadecrest100.com/

Runner: Vivian D

Date: 8/27/2016 & 8/28/2016

Location: Easton, WA

Results: 33:59:13 (I know, cut a little too close)

3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most

The view, the climb, the people

Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

None

Weird factor – what’s the weirdest thing about this race

The rope and tunnel (maybe weird but special)

Highlights of your race – what did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular

There is always lows during the 100, this time was my darkest with longest time (came in waves, but close to 14 hours total), mostly because I could not eat solid food, (threw up after m43 A/S). After a while, I could drink tiny bit of liquid calorie (I guess maybe 200 during 6h, 500 during 12h? And 30+ miles?). I never really felt completely empty, got pretty low for sure. And the experience of seeing the dark(er) side, going there and finding the light again, came back to life, all alone by myself. It may sound funny, I felt I got the upgrade.

Lessons for others – share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

When I threw up at the first time, I should just stop, take my pepto bismol out and eat it right away. It may cut down some of my low time.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

I will take medicine right away after I throw up next time.

Trust my body can handle it when I could not eat.

It’s a continuous damage control, and problem solving process.

Silver lining of middle low section: save my legs. I made m80 with 10 min to spare. When I was able to eat some, I had enough energy to shuffle through the needle section in okay time.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Go to the training run weekend. And train on the course as much as possible, specially the first climb.

Aesthetics – is it a pretty course

Not the most scenic I’ve ran. But yes.

Difficulty – is it a tough course

yes

Organized and well run – did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Well run.

Competition – is there a strong field?

I guess so. I just do my own race.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Lottery opens in early Feb. New start time at 9a, Tom was in Teton, so I camped with a friend at Easton lake state park the night before, like 5 min drive. And shared a hotel room with 3 other people in Cle Elum after the run. First time has this arrangement (usually Tom drove me home), need more time off, but  I liked it. More relaxing.

Aid Stations

Good

Weather and typical race conditions –

Mountain has its own weather. Always want to be prepared.

Gear – did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?

Not really. Cant think of any.

Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends

I never have a crew. They can see runners in few places.

Awards –

Finisher buckle, hoodie this year. I also got the finisher towel few years ago.

The Overall Score – how many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it

Before maybe 9. After adding the new 3.5m section, now it’s 10. Makes the whole flow better and even better view at early part. It’s hard but I highly recommend.