I am super excited for my first real race of the year which will be Chuckanut 50km in Bellingham, WA on March 17th. I've got the Frozen Ass 50km in Calgary this coming Monday but that is a low key, local race that I just do for some fun training, a bit of company and great to catch up with some Calgary area runners.
It will be my 4th year racing Chuckanut this year, I just can't keep away and like TNF 50 in Marin Headlands is the ultra wrap up on the year I always feel like Chuckanut is the race to start a new year. Krissy Moehl and Ellen Parker put on an awesome event with lots of attention to detail, a great course, good post race food and cool draw prizes etc. At a bargain race entry fee too. It's a race for everyone too - a great first ultra as the course is not tootough, but that means the added challenge of pushing the speed for 50km (which Geoff Roes certainly did last year with a CR of 3h41!) if you can.
Anyway, this year the first 500 spots sold out in 3 hours but recently another bunch of spots opened up as Krissy and Ellen secured race permits for a higher capacity. So, there is still a few weeks to extend your runs and be ready for March 17th. Sign up at www.ultrasignup.com!
Jenn Shelton, myself and Darcy Africa heading out on the interurban trail at start of Chuckanut 2011. Photo: Glenn Tachiyama