So, once again, it’s been forever for me to put together a new post. The Chuckanut 50k is quite stacked, so I figured I’d better get on it. Not gonna do odds on this one, cuz” way too many guys and and gals in the field I don’t know. I still think I can guess or “predict” who will win it,or at least come close. It’s pretty clear that we have two real fast road marathoners in Max King and Jason Loutit. Both these guys have tremendous speed and will do some damage on the first 6 miles and the last 6. However, it’s not all a dirt road race. Max, at least in my opinion has a better mountain running background than Jason. Jason won HURT and ran a decent time there, but HURT is a slog fest with lots of hiking. Max is fast on everything, so we’ll see. Max will get his real mountain running skills test when he runs at the Speedgoat 50k in July. So, anyway, here’s my picks….without odds.
1. Max King–WENT THE WRONG FREAKIN’ WAY, WAS LEADING
2. Jason Loutit–9TH
3. Mike Wolfe–13TH
4. Dave Mackey–7TH
5. Adam Campbell –WON IT
6. Hal Koerner–16TH
7. Tim Olson–11TH
8. Nico Mermoud
9. Joe Grant
10. Jason Schlarb–3RD
Others: Jeff Browning, Aaron Heidt, Justin Ricks…..and a slew of others
Most of those guys above are mountain runners obviously. I list them up front because generally speaking, mountain runners prevail most of the time, not to mention I don’t know any faster road guys. Because I do these predictions off the cuff, if I haven’t raced em’ myself, I don’t know strengths and weaknesses. I know most of the guys above and what they’re good at.
The ladies race is nothing like the mens’, so here’s my top 6:
1. Ellie Greenwood of course–WON IT
2. Joelle Vaught–3RD
3. Pam Smith–4TH
4. Jodee Adams-Moore–2ND
5. Jenny Capel
6. Nicole Sellon
That’s about all I got with these predictions. I”m sure I’ll be off on quite a few, but not too far.
Speedgoat 50k registration is filling at record pace this year, about 100 spots left for a “real mountain race”, Euro style. Come enjoy the pain if you so desire, that’s one thing I know I”m right about.
And, if you need one last pickup? Go order up some of my fine coffee blend. “Speedgoatkarl’s 100 mile blend” Good for 100 miles,or less if that’s too far.