Last weekend was the 20th annual Chuckanut 50K in Bellingham, Washington. And, in 2012 race director Krissy Moehl lined up an unbelievable field - especially for such an early season race. Some of the biggest stars of American men's ultra/trail racing were in the field and a great race was in the works.
Included in the field - and, ranked amongst race favorites - were some of our very own Big Sky talent. Mike Wolfe of Helena, Mike Foote and Chris Kollar of Missoula, and Jason Schlarb of Boulder, CO (but an Montana State alum).
The race was won by Adam Campbell of Canada in 3:48:55 (see a good race report by Adam here: http://www.irunfar.com/2012/03/adam-campbell-2012-chuckanut-50k-race-report.html ). Next in was marathoner (and Hansons-Brooks runner) turned ultra runner Saga Canady in 3:49:28 (31 miles and only 33 seconds separating the first two places). Then, just another 31 seconds later (3:49:59) came Schalrb. The first of the Big Sky Boys.
In 4th at 3:51:07 was Chris Kollar (the winner of the 2011 MT Cup) with the Footer (more of a long distance ultra-trail man) in 8th at 3:55:27. Wolfie had a bit of an off day for him and was 13th in 4:00:53. Pretty impressive indeed with 4 of our boys in the top 15.
That's some good stuff.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails
The Muddy Buzzard.