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Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival — January 11th, 2020

2020 RESULTS!

2020 Race Images (courtesy Takao Suzuki)

An evening of trail racing: The Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival includes 5-mile, 10-mile, 15-mile, 50K solo, 50K pair, and 50K relay races. It takes place at Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland on the second Saturday of the year! Races start at 3:00pm. YES, races begin in the daylight and will slowly move into darkness!

REGISTRATION

2021 Race Date is January 10th, 2021. Registration will be available soon!


DRIVING AND PARKING

A Discover Pass is required to park inside Bridle Trails State Park. For your convenience, the park staff will be selling Discover Passes on-site. A single-day pass is $10, and a 12-month pass is $30.

For directions to Bridle Trails State Park, click here to find directions on Google Maps, or use the following….

Northbound: Take exit #17 off of I-405. At end of off-ramp, turn right and head south on 116th Ave. NE. At four-way stop, continue straight ahead. The park entrance is located at the first opening in the trees on the left.

Southbound: Take exit #17 off of I-405. At end of off-ramp, turn right and cross over freeway. At the first light, turn right again. Head south on 116th Ave. NE. At the four-way stop, continue straight ahead. The park entrance is located at the first opening in the trees on your left.

Parking inside the park is limited, and we will set aside much of it for 50k participants and carpools, so please carpool, if possible. The park & ride lot adjacent to the freeway exit provides a good place to meet and form full carpools before entering the park. There is also limited parking up and down the street from the park entrance. If parking on the street, please park out of the way of traffic. Please be prepared to talk with and follow directions from the parking attendants. The reserved areas may not accommodate all 50k runners or carpools, let alone everyone else, so please leave yourself enough time to find street parking nearby and then check in before the start.

Remember that you must have or purchase from the park staff a Discover Pass to park inside Bridle Trails State Park.


EVENT-DAY SCHEDULE

1:30 p.m. — Event-day check in opens
2:53 p.m. — Pre-start line-up and announcements

3:00 p.m. — All runners start (including solos, pairs, and relays)

4:40 p.m. — Sunset
11:00 p.m. — Course sweep begins by this time
12:00 a.m. midnight — Course closes, all runners should check in at the finish by this time


THE COURSE

A map of the Bridle Trails course

All runners will use the same 5.2-mile loop of trails, mostly going clockwise around the perimeter of the park. The route will be marked with orange and white streamers, as well as yellow glow sticks after dark. Some sections of the trail are rough, rutted, or muddy, and it is Winter, so please watch your footing, and expect to get wet and dirty. Sunset is at 4:40pm, and it will get dark under the forest canopy pretty quickly after that. If there is a good chance you’ll be on the course after that time, please bring a headlamp with enough battery life to get you to the finish!


Results

Year

Results

Photos

Notes

2020
low 40s; fairly muddy trails; Erik Barkhaus sighting
2019
high 40s; smooth, dry trails; first year of the 15mi distance
Male 10.4mi CR (current); Sam Peckham 55:16
Male 15.6mi CR (current); Evan Williams 1:25:34
Female 15.6mi CR (current); Kelly Everhart 1:52:43
2018
Female 10.4mi CR (tie; current); Desiree Berry 1:07:11
2017
Female 5.2mi CR (current); Paige Patillo 32:04
Male 10.4mi CR: Erik Barkhaus 57:31
Female 10.4mi CR (current); Jo Markham 1:07:11
Pairs 50K CR (current): Crusher & Spike (Kaplan/Sloat) 3:01:25
2016
Male 5.2mi CR; Matthew Urbanski 27:41
Male 10.4mi CR: John Christian 59:28
Female 10.4mi CR; Sophia Liu 1:08:40
Team 50K CR (current): SRC Unharnessed 2:54:06
2015
Male 10.4mi CR: Joe Creighton 1:00:10
Female 10.4mi CR; Sophia Liu 1:09:17
2014
steady rain, sloppy trails
Female 10.4mi CR; Trisha Steidl 1:09:29
2013
 
Male 5.2mi CR; Greg Crowther 28:34
Team 50K CR: Klick’s Racing – Mitch Beard/Collin Buckley/John Collins/Stephen Dietz/Dillon Quintana/Jay Sloane 3:02:44
2012
 
temps in the 40s
Female 5.2mi CR; Erin Skourtes 34:32
2011
 
Female 10.4mi CR; Trisha Steidl 1:09:32
Female 50K CR; Annie Thiessen 4:17:25
Team50K CR: RunningShoes.com – Connor Williams/RB Wick/Jay Sloane/Wes Finger/John Collins/Collin Buckley 3:04:27
2010
 
temps in the 40s
Female 5.2mi CR; Katie Mulholland 35:33
Female 10.4mi CR; Trisha Steidl 1:09:56
Team 50K CR; Sloane/Ellis/Collins/Williams/Buckley/Finger 3:07:26
2009
 
rain & mud, temps in the 40s
Female 5.2mi CR; Claire Hoffman 35:52
Male 10.4mi CR (tie); James Moore 1:00:23
Female 10.4mi CR; Trisha Steidl 1:10:27
Female 50K CR; Jen Segger 4:18:51
2008
 
temps in the 40s; mud
Female 10.4mi CR; Laura Gould 1:13:58
2007
 
some snow & ice, temps in mid-low 20s
Male 5.2mi CR; Collin Stevenson 29:27
Female 5.2mi CR; Lynn Fleckenstein 36:16
Male 10.4mi CR; Andrew Edick 1:00:23
Male 50K CR (current); Greg Crowther 3:19:40
Female 50K CR; Georgia Sanz Daniels 4:20:24
2006
 
heavy rain & mud; temps in high 30s-low 40s
2005
 
overcast & dry, temps in the 30s
Male 5.2mi CR; Lang Reynolds 30:07
Female 10.4mi CR; Christel Elliott 1:19:11
Male 50K CR; Greg Crowther 3:40:24
Female 50K CR; Georgia Sanz Daniels 4:20:24
Pairs 50K CR: Steidl/Rosenberg 3:19:54
2004
 
First year of the 5.2mi, 10.4mi, and 50K relay + pairs options, in addition to the 50k solo!
Male 5.2mi CR; Daniel Haffner 0:34:44
Female 5.2mi CR; Selene Isaacson 36:53
Male 10.4mi CR; Eric Rayl 1:06:49
Female 10.4mi CR; Iliana Avila-Campillo 1:20:37
Male 50K CR; William Emerson 3:44:28
Team 50K CR; Steidl/Messner/Charles/Davies/Jurek/McCoubrey 3:09:54
2003
 
temps in 40s; some rain, decent mud;
New Male 50K CR: Stan Holman 3:54:27;
New Female 50K CR; Georgia Daniels 4:29:01
2002
 
“We didn’t have that much water this year but we did have lots of mud that turned into ooze with the passage of runners. There were several instances where the situation could be compared to slogging through a construction site with 6″ of freshly poured concrete. Records were not threatened due to this year’s trail conditions.”
2001
 
 
2000
 
New Male 50K CR: Randy Hunter 3:59:05
1999
 
New Male 50K CR: Scott Boettcher 3:59:34;
New Female 50K CR: Karen King 5:10:55
1998
 
New Male 50K CR: Rob Lang 4:07:45;
New Female 50K CR: Karen King 5:17:30
1997
 
New Male 50K CR: Rob Lang 4:09:22;
New Female 50K CR: Sally Marcellus 5:32:51
1996
 
Inaugural Winner and Male 50K CR: Rob Lang 4:33:52;
Inaugural Winner and Female 50K CR: Sally Marcellus 5:34:18

SAFETY AND TRAIL ETIQUETTE

There are many runners out there, and the trail will be somewhat congested after the start until runners spread out. Maintaining a sporting and cooperative attitude toward other runners will keep things fun for everyone. There are a few narrow stretches of trail, but the route is mostly wide enough for careful passing. If you are overtaking another runner and wish to pass, please announce your approach to alert the other runner, as needed; if you are being overtaken, please allow the overtaking runner to pass when possible.

This course is sanctioned by USATF and therefore, dogs will not be allowed on course. They are welcome at the start/finish if they are kept on a leash.

Signs are posted weeks ahead of time in order to notify other park users of this event, however the park is open to others during the run. Please be courteous and share the trail with any other users you encounter. In particular, please know what to do in the event that you encounter a horseback rider: stop, step to the side of the trail (the lower side if on a slope), and yield the trail to the horse. Also, talk to the rider to help put the horse at ease; say hello and ask whether it is okay to walk past or whether you need to stand still. Please follow this rule of the trail to keep yourself and others safe and so that we will be welcome to have this event in future years.


CREDITS

This run is produced by Northwest Trail Runs and Seattle Running Club. Our thanks to Ranger Mary at Bridle Trails State Park for hosting us. Thanks also to the many volunteers who are a vital part of events like this one.
And a special thanks to Chris Ralph for starting this run and to Scott & Leslie McCoubrey and Eric Sach for their years of organizing this and other runs and for their support and guidance as we carry the torch.