I first thought about running Chuckanut back in 2008 when I was still living in Orange County. Moving to Portland put the race within an easy drive' s reach but plans to run in 2009 were quickly scrapped due to lack of winter training. Darn cold and rain! I emailed Krissy to tell her I wanted to volunteer and still experience the race. It turned out to be one great 24 hour trip while meeting lots of great people including Dagan (whom I met briefly at Hagg Lake), Scott, Eric, Devon, Glenn, and a whole slew of other great runners and volunteers.
The day started early and cold. When I got out to my car at about 5:30AM there was ice that needed to be scrapped off. I showed up to start just ahead of Dagan and Krissy was the only one there doing her RD thing and getting everything all in order.
I was put to task as a traffic director and greeter at the door letting runners know where to get their bags, bibs and timing chips. The whole process was pretty smooth and before long 280 people had come through the doors to pick up their bibs (350 signed up).
As the sun came up it was looking like a clear sunny day and for most of the day that is exactly what the runners got. Couldn' t have asked for much better weather despite a very chilly start!
Krissy had a short respite after the race kicked off so Dagan, Krissy, Devon, and I took a quick trip to a local coffee shop for some much need caffeine and some snacks. We sped (literally) over to aid station 1 to catch the runners on their way up their first climb. We spent some time hanging out there with others like Matt Hart and a friend of his (whose name I forgot) that I gave a ride up to aid station #3. The drive up was fun... Despite the sunny weather the roads were covered in mud a felt a bit like driving on ice. I wonder what it was like to run down that??
Aid Station #4 @ mile 21.5
The aid station 4 crew was great! I was in charge of this little corner of the course (the best aid station at Chuckanut :) Tim and his two sons, as well as Vicki and Barb were a great group of volunteers. We even had a couple whose names I forget help us out for a while. The runners were all extra happy to see us since there was no aid station in this spot last year and it had been 8 miles since their last stop.
After refilling their spirits, bottles, and stomachs they had to ascend up their last climb of the day which apparently was not as little as the sign would have you believe. By about 2PM all the runners had passed through and the happy sweeps came through at about 2:30PM to help us clear out some of the rest of our food and drink. We packed up and headed back to the finish line to see tons of runners roaming around in the midday sun.
A short while later I was back on the road to Portland. It was quite the fun trip even though it was so short! Sometimes I don' t know who has more fun - the runners or volunteers?? I' m sure some of you reading this post have never volunteered and I say - DO IT! You will be so happy you did and you may even get addicted to it :)
Great job to Krissy and all the crew and volunteers that made this such a great race!