All photos: © John Wallace, III
The White River 50 Mile remains the crown jewel of Pacific Northwest ultra racing, and 2012’s race was one for the ages. We had a record number of people toe the start line (as well as the finish line). We had Ellie Greenwood, arguably the greatest North American female ultrarunner of all time not named Ann Trason, training-running her way to within 8 minutes of the course record. We had ultra-noob Sage Canaday, in only his 2nd ultra ever (and FIRST 50 mile) shatter the very legitimate course record by 9+ minutes and put the rest of the world on notice that he is very very very much for real.
The list of names who have run this course is a veritable who’s who of ultrarunning lore, and it’s to the credit of the McCoubrey’s, all of our volunteers each and every year, and of course the 50 beautiful miles of Cascade goodness. Each year this race grows, whether it catches the eyes of new trail runners who’ve heard nothing but good things or veteran trail runners who want to test their mettle against this race’s history. For those two groups and everyone in between, it’s extremely rare and difficult to leave White River disappointed or regretful. It’s a microcosm of ultrarunning’s overall community. As low-key or rugged as you make it. Epic trail running with friends followed by a relaxed and celebratory buffet of like-minded community support and acceptance. And good burritos!
We congratulate everyone who took this race on in 2012 and either look forward to seeing you again in 2013 or personally introducing you next year to one of the best trail races in the country. We have a hunch you’ll like it.
SRC Member Shout Out!
Thank you and congratulations to those that have become members of our club and help support our continued growth! We hope you enjoyed yourself out on the trails and we appreciate your continued support!
Chris Bellevie - 14:24:51 Angel Mathis - 11:37:19 Karlee Coble - 11:34:45 Kyle McCoy Bradley Dutkiewicz - 10:08:59 Priya Naik - 10:48:23 David Entz - 9:29:40 Van Phan - 9:56:59 Boram Kim Jonathan Symmes - 9:55:27 Peter Kline - 14:35:08 Ken Turner - 11:24:49 Glen Mangiantini - 11:22:00 Jimmy Vitelli - 11:50:09 Andy Martin - 11:11:46 Sophia Walker - 10:01:15 Arthur Martineau - 8:39:36 Ben Wenter - 10:40:47 Tim Mathis - 9:59:07
Finish Line Images
Our own John Wallace was there at the end capturing what many consider the best moment of the race: crossing the finish line! Below is a sample, click here for the rest.
New course record holder Sage Canaday uploaded this video with footage from before, during, and after his amazing race:
Josh Barringer – 10:47:34
Sage Canaday – 6:16:10
Mark Cliggett – 10:44:50
Jennifer Edwards – 9:21:38
Ellie Greenwood – 7:40:02
Jayme Helgeson – 12:47:16
Adam Hewey – 7:48:00
Tim Mathis – 9:59:07
Greg Norrander – 7:55:08
Jacob Puzey (mostly writing about Sage Canaday) – 7:10:52
Dan Ripple – 13:47:26
Spencer Vaughn – 8:44:26
George Williams – 9:54:51
Karla – Volunteer perspective (from Corral Pass)!
Did you run White River? Send us your race report via our Facebook page, or link to it in the comments here, and we’ll add it to the list!
Facts & Stats & Minutiae & Menudo
There were 184 first time White River 50 finishers.
There were 91 repeat offenders, led by Dave Dutton and his FIFTEENTH finish (two 6-year consecutive streaks ’94-’99, ’07-’12), William Emerson (#11), James Kerby (#10). Glen Mangiantini (#8 – all consecutive [’05-’12]!), Van Phan (#8 – 6 consecutive [’07-’12]), Arthur Martineau (#7 – all consecutive [’06-’12]).
There were 47 new course PRs!
Most time off PR: Bradley Dutkiewcz 3:03:41 (13:12:40 – 10:08:59)
Least time off PR: Seth Wolpin 2:27 (10:05:33 – 10:03:06)
Most time over PR: Dave Dutton 4:07:45 (12:54:16 – 8:46:31)
Least time over PR: Marie Boucher 0:39 (11:04:40 – 11:04:01)
We totaled 79 DNS (“did not start”) Forty were before bibs assigned, 39 after.
There were 40 DNF (“did not finish”)
Oldest Male (under cutoff): Scott Flett, 64 11:34:15 (6min54sec PR!)
Oldest Male: Charles Rose, 65, 14:51:38 – (first-ever White River 50 finish!)
Youngest Male: Trevor Farris, 17, 13:08:20.
Oldest Female: Liz Kellogg, 63 11:04:52 – (Liz was also 11min9sec under the then-female 60-69 age-group record. The record was ultimately broken by Gail Forshaw, 62, with an 11:04:40 [11min21 sec under].)
Youngest Female: Three 24 year-olds: Yitka Winn 9:53:34, Carley Feuerborn & Ashley Earle 12:20:49.