Monday, August 31, 2009

Quick recap

Results for this year's race are up. The highlights: Phil Shaw notched his second win and set a new course record of 19 hours and 47 minutes. Samantha Sigle from Boulder, CO, led her first 100-miler wire to wire to win the women's race.

Jamie Gifford became the first ten-time finisher and received a 1000-mile jacket and a one-of-a-kind buckle that would make Liberace jealous. Jerry Bloom smiled his way to a silver buckle for his fifth finish.

We had a record 75% finisher rate despite a replacement trail section from miles 47 to 53 that proved to be more challenging than intended. Cool and overcast weather on Saturday led to fast times in a very competitive field, with a record 20 runners breaking the 24-hour barrier. In total, 96 of the 128 starters finished the race. Temps on Sunday were significantly warmer and runners were treated to excellent views of Mount Rainier and the central Cascades on the back section of the course.

Thanks to an absolutely stellar cast of 200-plus volunteers. It is humbling to have such a fantastic crew. Please visit this blog and our website for more post-race news and photos in the days and weeks ahead.

12 comments:

James Varner said...

Thanks Charlie, Audrey, and everyone else who made it such a great race!

Kendall K said...

The event organization was just outstanding. I believe the Kachess Lake aid station volunteers provided absolutely stellar service to the runners and would like to thank Kristina, Kane, Tim (and William), Bill, Adam, Matt, Adam, and Eric for all their help. Runners, let us know if there is something we could improve on next year. That said, I hope not to be volunteering, but rather running in 2010.

Collin said...

Thanks for a great race! PS, I think 47-53 was more than "fairly challenging". 51-52 was worse than the trail from hell as far as I'm concerned. haha...

Sam said...

Charlie, thanks again so much for giving us all such a fun, special, and safe adventure in the mountains! It was another amazing weekend adventure in the Cascades, and all the work that you and all the amazing volunteers pour into this race make it one of the very best around! Thank you!!!!

Will Thomas said...

What a great event. I hope to make this my first 100 miler next year!

Samantha said...

The "Trail from Hell" was awesome, I wish I could of seen it during the day! Great volunteers, amazing scenery and perfect race introduction to a 100 miler. Thank again Charlie for an epic race!
-Samantha S

Sean Lang said...

Great race Charlie! Although I was cursing your name coming down Snoqualmie, now that 2 days have passed I think fondly of the descent:)

Again, many thanks for a great race and experience!

Rooster said...

Thanks again Charlie! You and all the great volunteers made everything so easy and fun for us runners. You truely put on a first class event.

Ronda

Layna (aka Willow) said...

Charlie et al -- thanks for a great race, wonderful volunteers, and a challenging first 100 miler. Our Tarheel/Trailheads crowd appreciated the warm welcome we received!

Krissy said...

Looks like everyone had a great time! Congrats Charlie & Audrey on pulling off another spectacular race!

David said...

Just wanted to say that this was the best-organized, friendliest 100-miler I've ever run, and the t-shirts and finisher's awards were beyond awesome! Thanks to everybody who made this happen!

Linda said...

Thank you so much for all the hard work it took to put on this wonderful race! It was amazing and the volunteers were wonderful. The beauty, varied terrain and outrageous challenges made it one of the best hundreds there is. Congratulations to all the runners who took on the course!