Sunday, September 20, 2009


1st time ultra runner Tim Jaureguy on the Big Dabrowski 50K

On Sunday September 20th, 2009, under partially sunny skies and perfect temperatures ran the first official Big Dabrowski 50K. Runners hit the trail in two fields with a 7:00am and 8:00am start from Tiger Summit and began making their way across the first 16 miles towards Issaquah. Early reports came in from the first aid station that a couple of veteran runners Van Phan and David Coates might have veered off course. Chris Fagan was confused as to why she made it to the first aid station ahead of Phan and Coates since Fagan knew they had passed her earlier in the race. Later it was discovered that it was Chris Fagan who zoned out and got ahead of Van Phan and David Coates by missing a turn and cutting out about a mile of trail. Chris just kept running straight ahead at one turn and fortuitously found herself back on course at the TMT turn between summit 2 and 3. One other incident on the Tiger section of the run involved Roger Riffle who claims that he “fell” through a section of trail and twisted his ankle badly around mile 14. He made it to the first aid station in a respectable 3hrs and decided to push on. This guy is as tough as nails and finished the run in just under 7 hours with a nasty looking high ankle sprain.

Squak Mountain proved to be a surprise in terms of the elevation it doled out after the first 16 miles were behind the runners. Not a very well known area for most, its’ deeply held secrets were revealed to the uninitiated and proved a bit exhausting for a few. As he was heading off to tackle Squak, Bruce Hoff accidentally exited the aid station and headed up hill into the Sycamore neighborhood for a few extra credit miles before realizing he was on the wrong route. Jess Mullen graciously stepped forward and took the blame but who could hold a grudge against her? Some route finding issues occurred near the Central Peak Summit where it seems a trail marker went missing but most runners consulted their maps and were quick to figure out the course from this point. The leaders dispatched this hill quite quickly and reached the second aid station in approximately 1.5 hours. Aid Station #2 was positioned at the end of the Squak Mountain section and was the site where all of the four runners who dropped did so.

In an exciting finish Andrew Lingbloom decided to leave the lead pack of Terry Sentinella and Alvin Crain some table scraps as he poured on the veggie power. He gained good ground until a navigation error put him off course and out into an adjacent neighborhood. Terry never gave up the fight and used Lingbloom's error to his advantage, continuing to push to the end and giving himself the honor of being the first in and setting a course record of 5:53. Crain followed up with a minute under 6 hours and then once back on track Andrew Lingbloom posted a 6:22 finish.

Special mention and congratulations goes to Heather Mar and Tim Jaureguy, both first time ultra marathoners and both who predicted their run times with great accuracy. Heather was 4 minutes off her estimated time and Tim was just over by 10 minutes. An exceptional run you two and big kudos for your first ultra. Welcome to the 50K and over club!

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make this run a great success, to King County Parks, WA State Parks and the WA State DNR for their work in providing access to these public lands, to the runners who took part and to my sponsors MSR, Nuun Hydration, Outdoor Research, Platypus and Seal Line.

I look forward to seeing you out there next year and very much enjoyed spending the day with you all.

Warmest Regards,

Christopher "BIG" Dabrowski
Run Director

Run Results

More photos here: LINK
and here: LINK 2