Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Please Carpool to Sun Mountain!

Most of the runners attending the first annual Sun Mountain races will be driving over from west of the mountains. Carpooling is fun, good for the pocket book and for the environment no matter where you're coming from. Please consider talking to your friends who are also coming to the run to see if you can ride together or if they don't have room for you or if you're new to the sport don't hesitate to comment to this blog post with the details of your situation: where, when, how many you can put in your car, contact info, etc. To see who else has signed up for the races check the link to the Entrants List.

Carpooling seemed to be quite sucessful for our last race (Orcas Island) and I hope that'll be the case again! Thanks everyone!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

There is still room for you at the Sun Mountain Races!

This weekend at chuckanut more than a couple people came up to me and asked if the Sun Mountain races were full. The Race is NOT full, there are more than 100 people signed up but the limit is 250. I don't know how this rumor got started but don't worry it's not too late for you to sign up, either the old fashioned way or online at Databar Events

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Chickadee 1K Course Description

1K Course Description

From the Chickadee Warming hut the kids will run the 1k Chickadee loop in a clockwise direction.

Sun Mountain 10k Course Description

10k Course Description (altered on march 23rd)

Start at chickadee trailhead
Head down thompson ridge rd
Turn Left onto rodeo
Right onto homestead
Right onto black bear
Pass the grizzly hill junctions (don't follow the 50k course up the hill)
Turn right and uphill on the Winthrop trail
Cross patterson lake rd and join cabin trail (don't do the patterson mountain loop!)
Stay on cabin trail (don't turn left onto patterson lake trail)
Turn Right onto chickadee
Finish at chickadee trailhead

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sun Mountain Lodging Options

There are numerous options for lodging in the Methow Valley and lots of them are 10 miles or less from the start/finish. Two of which are obvious choices: Sun Mountain Lodge and The Chewuch Inn.

Sun Mountain Lodge, a AAA Four Diamond rated resort, is just a couple miles from the start/finish and is running a special on race weekend: $120 for any room which is huge discount!

The Chewuch Inn, owned and operated by trailrunners, is the next closest option to the race course and is in walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in downtown Winthrop. They are offereing a special deal created especially for you the Sun Mountain Racers: "Sun Mountain Race Package" The Chewuch Inn has helped runners, skiers & bikers perform their very best on race day with a good nights sleep and our great breakfasts. Now we're offering a great price too! * Runners, stay two nights at The Chewuch Inn at our already quiet season rates and receive 50% off the second night, enjoy an early "runners breakfast" the morning of the run, & our famous buffet breakfast on your morning off. After you return to the Inn, basking in
glory, soothe those tired feet & muscles in our outdoor hot tub. Racers please ask for our "Sun Mountain Race Package" to receive our special offer. 800-747-3107 or www.chewuchinn.com (request a reservation page)

The Winthrop Chamber of Commerece and Central Reservations are two other resources to help you find a place to lay your head in the Methow Valley, including numerous options for motels, cabin rentals, and camping.