Chuckanut Mountain 50 Km History
The 28th Running of the Chuckanut Mountain 50 Kilometer Trail Run will be held on Saturday March 21, 2020, at 8:00 am. Chuckanut Mountain is just south of Bellingham, Washington, where the foothills of the Cascades meet the salt water.
In 1993, Doug McKeever and Richard West invited their ultrarunning friends to join them on a favorite training run around Chuckanut Mountain, south of Bellingham. Twenty or so people participated that first year and the feedback was sufficiently positive that the run has continued and grown into an annual 'fun run.' The original course was about 33 miles and had sections of highway and some private property. They settled on a 50 km (31.1 mile) route in 1995. In 2002 Doug and Richard decided that they would like to pass on the race directing responsibilities after putting on 10 very successful Chuckanut Mountain 50 km trail runs. Krissy decided to ensure the future of the Chuckanut 50 km as it was her first ultra experience in 2000. After a few years of threatening to change the course Krissy committed to the current course as a dedication to her friend Dave Terry who passed fall of 2009.
The course is a lollipop configured loop. Starting in Fairhaven Park, runners head out on the Interurban Trail for the first 10 km. This speedy railroad grade trail is also the final 10 km. Sandwiched between these relatively flat miles runners will enjoy a climb up the Fragrance Lake Trail, a descent to Cleator Road on 2 dollar trail, then climb Cleator Road (dirt, occasional traffic) to the beautiful Ridge Trail, Lost Lake Trail (muddy), Cyrus Gates Overlook, and back down to the Interuban Trail via Cleator Rd. and Fragrance Lake Rd. The Interurban Trail that warmed you up in the morning will be waiting to finish you off for your finish.
Required Trail Work
New in 2020 all runners are encouraged to participate in 4 hours of trail work or volunteer at a race. Our intent is to require this for the 2021 event. There more information and a Volunteer Form that needs to be filled out by March 10th. (Google Doc link) provided on our website http://chuckanut50krace.com/race-registration.
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There is an 8 HOUR time limit. Anyone arriving at aid station #4 (20 miles) after 2:30 PM will be offered a ride to the finish. Aid station #5 (mile 24.6) will close down at 3 PM.
As offered for the first time in 2019, we will once again offer an early start at 7am.
There are five aid stations minimally stocked with the basics at miles 6.3, 10.5, 13.4, 20.5, and 24.6. It is mandatory that you carry at least one water bottle. In an effort to make this race more environmentally sound we are minimizing trash. There will NOT be cups available at aid stations; instead we will provide water pitchers to easily fill your bottles or collapsible race cups. It is suggested that you also carry special food needs, because aid stations will be stocked with basic race foods.
Please only run in this race if you have an assigned Chuckanut 50km bib number. Our permits allow us to have a set amount of runners on the trail and we therefore can not allow additional pacers, runners or self-supported runners on the course. Thank you for honoring this.
After the race
Race Sponsors and Supporters create a festive finish line to welcome you back to Fairhaven. Bring dry clothes to change so that you can hang out and cheer in other runners. We are bringing in Food Trucks to kickstart your well earned recovery.
Local time: 9:15 AM
Additional post race festivities are in the works! Please check the race website for details.