Bill Ball is the man behind this great trail run that he hosted from 2004 through 2007. He no longer lives in the area so Jim and I have decided to keep the tradition alive in his absence.Bill sending us on our way.
The 5th Edition of the Blanchard Mountain Ultra will be on Saturday August 16th 2008. Start time is 8am. The course is a 11 mile loop being done 3 times for 33 miles. The route is on 2 miles of Forest Service roads and 9 miles of trails. Each loop has about 2000' of elevation gain in it. The course will be marked and there will be 2 typical NW Ultras aid stations. Please RSVP so we know how many to cater for. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions.
There is no entry fee but we are recommending a donation of $20 per runner to cover aid station costs. Any "profit" will be passed along as a donation to the Chuckanut Conservancy. Accounting of donations and expenses will be published with results.
Come out and join us for 1, 2 or 3 loops. Canines welcome.
Directions from Seattle
Blanchard Mountain is South of Bellingham and North of Mount Vernon located a little west of the town of Alger off of Interstate 5.
From I-5 northbound, take Exit 240, the Alger exit
Zero trip meter. Left at stop sign to go over freeway.
At 0.5m take left onto Barrel Springs Rd.
At 1.2m take right onto Forest Service Rd. B-1000.
At 1.8m go straight past the trailhead parking lot on right.
At 2.4m go straight past Rd B-2000 (on left).
Pass trailhead sign on left.
Park in next parking lot on right (note the road is blocked with a gate just past this lot)
We'll mark the intersections after the I5 exit with NW Ultras 'Trail Run' signs.
- Jim Kerby and Michael Cartwright