Here’s our 2014 “Cascade Crest Classic 100 Endurance Run” VIDEO, just in time to add a little stoke for the 2015 event coming up in a couple of weeks (2015 race dates are Aug 29th and 30th). 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′) that 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. Jeff Hashimoto (43 yrs old) crossed at 18:44:45 and 3rd place was taken by Gary Robbins (37 yrs old) at 18:54:27. Amie Blackham (35 yrs old) crossed the finish line first for the women at 21:56:19, followed by Puget Sound local, Jordan Maki (26 yrs old) at 22:28:43, and third place at 22:47:24 by Marta Fisher (39 yrs old).(
The former course record of 18:27:52, was set by Rob Bien (39 yrs old). This new time was shaved from the mark set the year prior by Jeff Browning (39 yrs old) of Bend, OR, 18:31:09. Prior to the new bar set under 19 hours, 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 Easton, 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). 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 (all orchestrated by race event director Rich White).
I also want to give mention (a tip) in regards to a great post mountain run cool down spot (or spots) which are located on Snoqualmie Pass, WA. First, the Aardvark Express (which has the best food on the planet) and second, Dru Bru Brewery (and tap room). Dru Bru’s beer is brewed right on Snoqualmie Pass with our local mountain water. Epic food and beer to finish off a great day in the Cascades (btw, if you choose to hit the brewery first, please note that the Aardvark’s menu is on hand in the “tap room” and they will deliver to Dru Bru). See you on race day, and always remember, “Live to Ski Another Day” Snow Troopers!
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