there are a couple hundred milers in washington state. with the plain 100 having just one aid station and no course marking is a different kind of beast. therefore charlie chrisman's cascade crest 100 miler is THE 100 for washington ultrunners. in 2007 justin angle and i paced patagonia ultrarunner jamie gifford to a win. this blog has some good video of bill huggins, darcy africa, nuun ultrarunner bruce grant and of course jamie gifford finishing in easton, wa that year.
this time around i had the honor of crewing and pacing my friend and mentor roch horton. roch runs for patagonia and vasque and is a legend. he's finished hardrock 100 nine times - nuff said.
i won't go into the blow by blow - instead i'll just list some thoughts and observations. oh and the videos are coming soon...
- phil shaw ran his gutz out. it was fun to watch him get the course record of 20:33:43
- scott wolfe did an awesome job taking roch the final 30 miles to the finishline
- wow - jamie gifford ran his 10th cascade crest 100 (he's got a couple of wins in there too)
- charlie chrisman is a great race director
- it was very cool to see jim kerby (he's a bad ass)
- jonathan bernard can run a 100 miles in a good mood the entire race
- i heard laura houston's no name aid station was the best on earth, and roch said they had "real good coffee" in the middle of nowhere
- proud of rod bien for running such a smart race
- i am torn between UTMB and CCC100 next year
- every nw runner i saw at olallie ate one of scott mccoubrey's pirogis
- roch horton is fuckin tough