- Mar 28, 2011
- Roes, Greenwood Victorious at Chuckanut 50K
Over the years, we've always managed to put together an impressive Team CLIF BAR trail running roster. But, this year we really went above and beyond. While we're hesitant to pat ourselves on the back too much, let's face it: This year's TCB trail running roster is amazing. From internationally-competitive pro athletes to amateurs tearing up the regional scene, these guys will be filling up podiums with abandon in 2011. In fact, it's already begun. One of the things we love best about ultra running is the laid-back scene. Even though the athletes are getting prepared to dish out and endure several hours worth of pain and suffering, many races seem more like big family gatherings than super-competitive events.
The Chuckanut 50K, set in the coastal mountains south of Bellingham, WA, is no exception. This classic ultra event has grown over the past 20 years to become a premier race on the calendar, and this year's start list was a virtual who's who of North American trail runners, including Geoff Roes and Ellie Greenwood of the Clif-powered Montrail team. Amazingly, both Geoff and Ellie used their somewhat opposed skill sets to win their races and set new course records in the process! On a varied course that includes flat, hard-packed urban trails, as well as technical, exposed mountain climbs and descents, Geoff used his climbing prowess to put time into the strong men's field and then held on to his lead on the returning flats. Ellie, on the other hand, used the downhill portions to her advantage, going hardest on the parts of the course where she knew her efforts would reap the most rewards. In the end, although both runners won their respective races, you get the idea in reading their race reports that they would have had a blast either way. "Beyond the race itself, this was a really enjoyable event. There were so many people there that I care really deeply for. It felt more like a gathering of good friends than a race." said Roes. Similarly, Greenwood had this to say about the day. "It is a great early season race - a test of fitness to see where I am at, and with a super-competitive field and lots of friends always taking part. So, all in all, one fun-filled trail race weekend!" These athletes are typical of the Montrail team - serious enough to win, yet grounded enough to know how to have fun. Congratulations guys! Can't wait to see you running on California soil this summer.
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