Just a quick “race results” post while I work on this year’s “Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run” video. This is an event that just doesn’t seem humanly possible (at least to me, as I am very trashed after a 20 mile mountain run), especially when you do the math on the 100 miles and 20,470′ of vert gained and lost (combined vert of 40,940′) Seth Swanson covered in 17:56:50. Seth Swanson, a Missoula native and 1st time CCC 100 competitor, not only crossed the finish line first, but shattered the course record by 31 minutes. The former course record was set by Jeff Browning, 39 (at the time in 2010), from Bend, OR, 18:31:09. Prior to Jeff’s record, two time king of the CCC 100, Phil Shaw, set the bar at 19:47:40 back in 2009, for this hardcore event that begins in Eason, climbing right away into the mountains South of I-90 and heads towards Snoqualmie Pass, then crosses under the freeway, for another 50 mile leg back to Easton (which is full of epic views and wicked steep climbs). Former 2009 Champ, Phil Shaw came in 19th with an impressive 22:36:22. This event takes a ton of dedicated people to make it happen smoothly and safely, so that being said, congrats to not only the people that attempted this great feat (wether you finished or not, you are a bad ass in my book; especially knowing that one can’t just sign up to run this event, it’s earned!) and the Cascade Crest 100 event staff, aid station folks and volunteers from the trail crew to the Easton Fire Department.
Above: video screen grab – Seth Swanson @ Mirror Lake, a solid 2+ miles ahead of 2nd place.
Below: French Cabin aid station.
Below: 2014 race results