Race: North Face 50M Championship (new course) Runner: Keith Laverty Date: 11/18/2017 Location: Marin Headlands / San Francisco, CA Results: 24th overall, 7:20:00 Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1280992877 3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most? The competition and depth of the field. The field was absolutely loaded and there is almost always…

Race: Magnuson Park Series Halloween 5k Runner: Dan L Date: 10/28/17 Location: Seattle, WA Results – 19:48, 1st place Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1254213028 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1- Close to home 2- Inexpensive 3- Frequent: They have a set of races monthly, and generally offer a few…

Race: Hamilton Marathon Runner: Dan L Date: 11/5/17 Location: Hamilton, ON (Canada) Results: 3:12:16 Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1264765922 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most 1) Course is quite favorable. Some rolling hills in the first half. Just after halfway, course heads down Red Hill Parkway dropping ~350 feet…

Race: Javelina Jundred Runner: Stephen Date: 10/28/17 Location: Fountain Hills, AZ (outside of Phoenix) Results: 25:26:38 Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1254306549 3 Bests – The party aspect of the whole event. It really kept everything really fun and entertaining.   Getting to see two sunrises and one sunset, but if you are speedy Gonzalez like Matt Urbanski,…

Race: New York City Marathon Runner: Jonny Date: 11/5/17 Location: NYC, NY Results: 3:39:48 Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1263149499 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most: The crowds, the crowds and the crowds. They say 2 million people lined the course and it was utterly unbelievable. It was also so…

Race: Javelina 100 Runner: Matt Urbanski Date: 10/28/2017 Location: Fountain Hills, AZ Results: 14:55, 4th OA Strava Activity Link:  https://www.strava.com/activities/1252667488, https://www.strava.com/activities/1252666709 3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most? Logistically simple. From signing up to planning travel and hotel, to planning race/crew logistics, this one is simple. So many runners. I love having a…

Race: Lake Washington Half Marathon Runner: Dionne Date: 11/4/17 Location: Kirkland, WA Results: 1:51:24 Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1261199297 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Easy and fast to pick up the BIB in the morning of. If you know the area very well this could be a very…

Race: Lake Washington Half Marathon Runner: Julie Urbanski Date: 11/4/17 Location: Kirkland, WA Results: 1:40:08 Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1261084623 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Close to home – We live about a 2 minute walk from the start/finish, so this race was a no brainer as a great training run, on a…

Race: Javelina 100k Runner: Stephanie Date: 10/28/17 Location: Fountain Hills, AZ Results: 10:14:28, 2nd female and 4th overall 3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most? I loved being able to see all the other runners so often as they were coming at me from the other direction. Trying to…

Race: Javelina Jundred Runner: Jeff K Date: 10/28/17 Location: Fountain Hills, AZ (outside of Phoenix) Results: 19:04:15, 18th place overall 3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most? The logistics of this race are easy – Running loops makes it easy for a lot of things including predicting your finish…

Race: St. Louis Go! Halloween 10k Runner: Ayu Date: 10/22/17 Location: St. Louis, MO Results: 1:03:46 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most Close from home, super fun since the majority of runners are in costumes, they switch up the routes from year to year so we get to…

Race: Snohomish River Run Marathon Runner: Rohit Date: 10/15/2017 Location: Snohomish, WA Results: 4:39:19, PR! 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most – I vastly prefer small races like this one: 175 marathoners and 1500 runners across 3 distances with staggered starts, so it was not crowded. (Though this…

Race: Snohomish River Run Marathon Runner: Matt Urbanski Date: 10/15/17 Location: Snohomish, WA Results: 2:32:05, 1st place and PR! 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most It is a flat and fast course. I set a new PR and was able to stay in a steady rhythm the entire…

Race: Baker Lake 50k Runner: Uli Steidl Date: 10/7/17 Location: Concrete, WA Results: 3:45:50, 2nd place  3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most? The race organization – Terry is doing a great job. The friendly atmosphere at the race. The out-and-back layout lets you see and cheer for every runner in…

Race: Portland Marathon Runner: Pritam Date: 10/8/17 Location: Portland, OR Results: 4:00:59 3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most It was a fun race overall so hard to pick 3 things. Portland is a fun, friendly city and the race was well organized. 3 things I can think of:…

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…