Race: Oregon Coast 30k Runner: Marc Date: 10/8/17 Location: Yachats, OR Results: 4:05:26, 48th out of 230 runners 3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most? Gorgeous course Chance to explore the Oregon Coast for a weekend Very runnable hills with sections of carpet soft trails Not so much –…

Race: Chicago Marathon Runner: Ayu Date: 10/8/17 Location: Chicago, IL Results – 6:28:14 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most: The EXPO was very organized and easy to find. The crowds were spectacular, people cheering at the different neighborhoods with different bands playing was fantastic! The race had great…

Race: Plain 100 Runner: Mark Cliggett Race Date: 9/16/17 Location: Plain, WA Results: 34 hours 3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most? Very friendly, low-key, well-organized race. Mostly self-supported – all the challenges of a typical hard 100 mile race PLUS no course markings, no pacers, and only one drop…

Race: Overlake Labor Day Half Marathon Runner: Uli Steidl Date: 9/4/2017 Location: Redmond, WA Results: 1:08:25, 2nd overall 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Flat course P Plenty of free parking right next to the start/finish area Good competition Not so much – aspects of the race that…

Race: Baker Lake 50k Runner: Stephanie Date: 10/7/17 Location: Baker Lake, WA Results: 4:54:47, 2nd female and 15th overall 3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most? It was a fun change of pace to run a 50k that was actually runnable the whole way Like many trail races, the…

Race: Oregon Coast 50k Runner: Stephen Date: 10/7/17 Location: Yachats, OR Results: 5:48:20 3 Bests – The beach. I think if you have never run on the Oregon Coast – it’s a treat. If you have spent time running on beaches before- well then you are lucky… The convenience of the main Hotel to the…

Race: Whistler Alpine Meadows 55k Runner: Stephen Date: 9/23/17 Location: Whistler, Canada Results: 9:13:30, 60th out of 175 runners 3 Bests – The absolutely beautiful terrain. I likened it to running the crystal mountain marathon mixed with a run in the enchantments. Gorgeous. Absolutely amazing. Whistler provides lots to do for family and friends, and…

Race: Baker Lake 50K Date: 10/7/17 Runner: Jeff K Location: Concrete, WA Results:  4:47:22, 12th place out of 159 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most It’s a smaller race without a lot of hype The course does not have a lot of vertical so you don’t get killed by…

Race: Monument Marathon Runner: Jeff U Date: 9/30/17 Location: Scottsbluff, NE Results: 3:12:44, 3rd place overall 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most – Everyone was super friendly. It had a classic Midwestern feel. – There was a purse for top three male and female finishers. I won $125 for…

The Run: Four Pass Loop – Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness Where: White River National Forest, near Aspen, CO Who: Jeff U and Teddy B When: 9/23/17 Distance: 26.5 – 28.5 miles (depending on where you park and/or if you get lost like us) Elevation gain: approx. 8,500′ – 9,000′ Strava Links: https://www.strava.com/activities/1200494915/overview https://www.strava.com/activities/1198287311/overview Logistics: Parking: There…

Race: Cascade Crest 100 Runner: Stephanie Date: 8/26/17 Location: Easton, WA Results: 27:05:19, 6th place Female 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most The whole atmosphere. Everyone was so happy to be there, from runners, to volunteers, to crew. This was true from the moment we arrived around 7:30am,…

Race: Cascade Crest 100 Runner: Matt U Date: 8/26/2017 Location: Easton, WA Results: 2nd OA, 20:11.25 The Race: I was leading from mile 29 until mile 98 (of 102)! My lead was as big as 45 minutes. I was chill, relaxed, and in control of my race through the halfway point. I made some tactical…

Race: Backcountry Rise 50k Runner: Marc Date: 9/9/17 Location: Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center (Start/Finish) Results – 9:12:43 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1. The course was amazingly beautiful, with crazy views in every direction. 2. The race is very well run, and the RD…

Race: Skagit Flats Marathon Runner: Dionne Date: 9/10/17 Location: Burlington, WA Results – 3:47:03 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1. I is a small race and chances are you will feel like you are running alone. 2. It is a flat course for BQ and last chance…

Race: Needles 50k Runner: Matt U Date: 7/22/17 Location: Easton, WA Results – 6:19, 1st place and CR 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most I ran well. It’s easy to like a race when you manage the day well, you finish strong, and you place well. 🙂 The…

Race: White River 50 Runner: Stephen Date: 8/5/17 Location: Crystal Mountain, WA Results – 11:39:44 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1) The race is VERY well organized. 2) The views (when it isn’t smokey or cloudy) 3) The amount of parking and the proximity to the start…

Race: White River 50 Runner: Alan Date: 8/5/17 Location: Crystal Mountain, WA Results – 10:24:00 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1. Always the volunteers, they were so nice and made sure I had everything I needed. Always happy to see and thank them. 2. The first down…

Race: White River 50 Runner: Jeff K Date: 8/5/17 Location: Crystal Mountain, WA Results – 8:41:50, 14th place overall, 3rd Masters 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most White River was my first ultra and first trail race that Mark Cliggett and I did kind of on a dare.…

Race: Needles 50k Runner: Dan L Date: 7/22/17 Location: Easton, WA Results – 9:46 (seconds? we don’t need no stinking seconds) 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most – Camping before and after was wonderful – Small and super friendly race – Ability to explore new area with great…

Race: Needles 50k Runner: Stephanie Date: 7/22/17 Location: Easton, WA Results – 7:50:38, 2nd female and 8th overall 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1. The whole atmosphere of the race. Small, friendly, relaxed. 2. The final 2/3rds of the course – it seemed so easy relative to…

Race: West Seattle Flat Ass Half Marathon Runner: Natasha Date: 7/23/17 Location: West Seattle (Seattle, WA) Results – 2:48:47 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most The course is in West Seattle by the water so it’s really pretty The weather was great and the course is flat! Small…

Race: Western States Endurance 100 Mile Run Runner: Teddy Date: 6/26/17-6/27/17 Location: Squaw Valley, CA Results – 23:07:13, 52nd overall and 40th male 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Runnable trails: I don’t know if trails get much better than these – aside from the 5 miles following…

Race: Beacon Rock 50k Runner: Maria Date: 6/10/17 Location: North Bonneville, WA Results – 7:33:49 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most ***My Crew!*** It made the experience so much more special to share it with my sister, who is the reason I got into this ultrarunning business anyway.…

Race: NYRR Queens 10k Runner: Tian Date: 6/17/17 Location: Corona, NY Results – 51:45 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most First I think the race was very popular. There were many people coming to this race with 10874 finishers. Running with so many people is pretty enjoyable. Another…

Race: Seattle RocknRoll Half Marathon Runner: Bionda Date: 6/18/17 Location: Seattle, WA Results – 2:11:39 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most First one, I get to enjoy the run like I’ve never been before. I did all of the things I’ve learned since I start training. Second, I…

Race: Seattle RocknRoll Half Marathon Runner: Roey Date: 6/18/17 Location: Seattle, WA Results – 3:32:27 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Crowd Support- Tons of spectators, bands, cheerleaders, and school groups along the course. The views- Starting off at Husky Stadium you travel down to Seward Park before…

Race: Allianz 15k – Bogota, Colomobia Runner: Matt U Date: 6/4/17 Location: Bogota, Colombia Results – 57:13 – 92nd overall out of 8027 runners 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most I got to race with my friends. Thankfully, I met some cool, fast guys during my first of…

Race: Cascade Super Series Marathon Runner: Dionne Date: 6/10/17 Location: Snoqualmie Pass, WA Results – 3:43:45 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most: Small race, fast course, and this year they gave us lights for the tunnel so we didn’t have to bring our own. At the end of the…

Race: Beacon Rock 50k Runner: Stephanie Date: 6/10/17 Location: North Bonneville, WA Results – 5:42:00 – 1st Female and 13th Overall 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1. The aid station. So helpful, enthusiastic and entertaining. 2. The smooth, runnable downhills 3. There are pros and cons to…

Race: Cougar Mountain 14.5 Miler Runner: Stephen Date: 6/10/17 Location: Cougar Mountain, WA Results – 2:28:41, 23rd overall 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1) It is largely run-able 2) Not very technical trails 3) Many distance options (5k, 8 mi and 14 mi) and Its close to…

Race: Sun Mountain 25k Runner: Stephanie Date: 5/21/17 Location: Winthrop, WA Results – 2:20:52, 5th female and 18th overall out of 299 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1. The sun! It’s been a long winter west of the mountains 2. Really nice runnable trails 3. The sunflowers…

Race: Beat the Bridge 8k Runner: Milah Date: 5/21/17 Location: Seattle, WA Results – 33:06, 1st in age group, 15th female and 120th overall out of 4113 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Flat and fast with fun finish at Husky Stadium; post-race yoga; inspiring cause. Not so…

Race: Tiger Mountain 50k Runner: Stephen Date: 5/20/17 Location: Issaquah, WA Results – 6:55:08 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1) I know the course inside and out so I knew where I could push hard and where I can relax. (Poor excuse for a reason to like…

Race: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon HM (Indy Mini) Runner: Dan L Date: 5/6/17 Location: Indianapolis, IN Results – 1:35:27, 564th out of 19,067 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1- It’s my hometown race and I get to visit my brother, his wife, my nephew, and my niece…

Race: Sun Mountain 25k Runner: Dan L Date: 5/21/17 Location: Winthrop, WA Results – 2:32:13, 37th overall out of 299 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1- Beautiful trails, views, and sunflowers 2- Usually sunnier and warmer weather than Seattle 3- Faster course than other Rainshadow events  …

Race: Tie Dye 50k Runner: Teddy Date: 5/20/17 Location: Cincinnati, OH Results – 4:22:05, 2nd place overall 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1. Training Grounds: these two parks are where I spend most of my weekends running around the trail system that has around 30 miles of…

Race: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Runner: Teddy Date: 5/7/17 Location: Cincinnati, OH Results – 2:51:03, 18th overall out of 3362 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1. Hometown Marathon: The Pig is a classic in Cincinnati and it has a great sentiment for me just running the streets…

Race: Mohican 50k Runner: Teddy B Date: 4/15/17 Location: Mohican State Park, OH Results – 4:16:16, 2nd place 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most: 1. Race Logistics: This race has its shit together more so than any other I have been to. The course is always incredibly well…

Race: Lost Lake 25k Runner: Maria Date: 5/13/17 Location: Bellingham, WA Results – 3:15 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most The gorgeous trails! The hidden lake! The view of the sound! Larabee State Park is a gem I hadn’t yet discovered. The participants. Everyone was friendly and chatty before the…

Race: Fiesta 5k Ole Runner: Esther Date: 5/6/17 Location: Volunteer, Park (Seattle, WA) Results – 30:09, 295th overall out of 864 and 1st in Age Group 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most I enjoyed seeing different types of people having fun at the race. You could tell some…

Race: Avenue of the Giants Marathon Runner: Jael Date: 5/7/17 Location: Southern Humboldt County, CA Results – 4:28:49, PR! 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Beautiful course running on the Avenue of the Giants with giant redwood trees lining the road. Not very crowded. Perfect weather. sunny 40-60…

Race: Mt. Si 50 Miler Runner: Anna H Date: 4/23/17 Location: Snoqualmie Valley, WA Results – 10:15:01, 22nd place out of 30 that started means I reached my goal! NOT DFL!!! 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Scenery, a manageable non-technical trail, and aid stations that were plentiful…

Race: Top Pot 5k Runner: Mark Date: 4/30/17 Location: Seattle, WA (Green Lake) Results – 16:56, 11th overall 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Strong field Flat, fast course Top Pot donuts at the finish!   Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it…

Race: Canyons 100K Runner: Jeff K Date: 4/29/17 Location: Foresthill, CA Results – 14th out of 326 starters with a time of 12:34 in the official results.     This was my second race at a 100K distance and got a PR (previously was Miwok with 13:01) 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you…

That was my mantra for the Indiana Trails 100. I had plenty of reasons to think I might not do well leading up to the race. I’d picked up a nasty cold/flu that sidelined my training 3 weeks out from the race. Just as I began to recover and a little over a week before…

Race: Indiana 100 Runner: Dave Date: 4/29/17 Location: Albion, IN Results – 19:10:35 , 2nd place overall 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most The Chain O’ Lakes state park was surprisingly beautiful. The course was incredibly well marked. I actually don’t think it would be possible to go…

Race: Spring Eagle 10 Miler Runner: Dionne Date: 4/29/17 Location: Sammamish, WA Results – 1:38:15, 13th overall and 6th female 3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most – Small event/not too crowded, well maintained trail, and a good trail for both experienced runners (relatively flat) and newbies (lots of…

Race: Boston Marathon Runner: Dan S Date: 4/17/17 Location: Boston, MA Results – 3:32:23 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most The whole opportunity to run and experience of participating in this event. The aura and energy surrounding the event. The unprecedented spectator and volunteer support. Not so much…