Wind, hail, rain pelt Cascade endurance runners

Ninety-nine runners defied harsh mountain weather to finish the grueling Cascade Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run in Easton on Aug.30.
     Our hot, dry Northwest summer turned nasty for the weekend event. Runners braved 40-mph winds, hail and rain, and temperatures that dipped below 40 after dark.
     Fifty-four others started but did not finish the 100-mile loop, which starts and ends in Easton and gains 21,550 feet of elevation, 75% of it over narrow mountain trails.
     I’m amazed at the grit needed to compete in this crazy event. In my mind I can’t decide whether the CC100 celebrates amazing athleticism or mere savagery.
     Highlights include 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, the 2.3-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel, and stunning views from above 5,800 feet.
     This year’s winner, 31-year-old Jesse Lang, finished in 18 hours 24 minutes. The course record belongs to Seth Swanson, who last year covered 100 miles in 17:46. Learn more at the CC100 website.

by  Jon Osterberg

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