Friday, May 6, 2011

Capitol Peak 50 mile and 55k Results, Report and Thank You's

Here are the final results for the Capitol Peak 50 mile and 55km on April 30, 2011, near Olympia, Washington

Every year, I am amazed about how so many people come together and support Capitol Peak 50 mile and 55k. For the 7th year, this year was so much easier on me and many others, since everyone knows the routine and so many people came forth to help this year. We are so thankful to all the volunteers for coming together to support Capitol Peak. Attached is a list that expresses our thanks to all those that volunteered. Whether it was endless trail work hours, packet stuffing, course marking, packet handout, or long hours at aid stations or finish line support…it is always an extraordinary team effort to put on this race with all the fabulous volunteers. This is what drives me to get out every year. I am so thankful I can still keep involved in this sport that is close to my heart. Although, I am looking forward to getting back to my biking training for the ride of my life at Paris-Brest-Paris 1200k in France this August!!

After several years of being forced to change the course around due to logging operations, we managed work with DNR on a new course that we hope to keep. It all depends on the timber sales from year to year. These timber sales do somehow benefit funding for schools in Washington. We will work to keep this course as similar from now on, as what I heard from several runners this year, this course was one of the most interesting, with the Secondary climb up the Peak, up the Grunt! If anyone has GPS files to send with elevation profiles and distances, we would greatly appreciate your data.

The competition at Capitol Peak this year was once again packed full! There were three people who received a 5 year finisher awards. Kent Holder, the tough 70+ year-young guy that keeps coming back every year finished his 5th 50k+ Capitol Peak race (which includes the 2004 50k and the 4 other years we started doing the 55k (in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011). There were 2 other 5 year finishers who completed 5 years of the 50 miler, which include Arthur Martineau and Micheal McCarthy. Van Phan and Jeff Wright have also finished 5 years of both 50 miles and 55k combined, but they will have to come back next year to get their 5 year hoodie award! We appreciate all the support over the years!!

The top 3 in each race (listed as open) also received awards for their top performance. Kathleen Egan won the 50 mile in a time of 8:42:53, followed by Nichole Sellon and Molly Eimers. The first masters was Allison Moore.
Rod Bien set precedence on the mens field with a winning time of 9:53:40, followed by Adam Hewey and Gary Robbins. Adam Hewey also was the first masters with a time of 6:58:31. That is our fastest masters time so far, despite all the course changes every year due to logging.

The 55k was also a top notch field. Jen Segger won the 55k and came in 2nd overall with a time of 5:12:12, only 15 minutes behind the overall winner! That is our fastest womens 55k time so far, despite all the course changes every year due to logging. Wendy Wheeler-Jacobs was in 2nd and Gili Katzman was in 3rd. The 55k overall winner was Joe Creighton with a time of 4:57:37, followed by Randy Benthin in 2nd and Graham Johnson in 3rd.

Our seniors also deserve recognition for their awesome performance. Mike “Bushwacker” Burke and Rainier Schultz both finished the 50 mile in great time. Kent Holder and Will Bill Voiland (our awesome Tshirt guy) both finished the 55k in great time!

The following is our list of all the volunteer support that you can see extends beyond just the weekend of the race. It’s a full time job (and then some) to keep this race going and we couldn’t do it without all their support.
SO HERE’S TO OUR WONDEFUL VOLUNTEERS!! If I forgot anyone, thank you to everyone regardless!!

Trail Work Party on Sunday March 28, 2011
Thanks to David Mora, Jim Szumila, Seth Swanson, Henry Gertja (and son)

Trail Work Party on Sunday April 10, 2011
Thanks to Friends of Capitol Forest, David Snyder, Todd Davison, Karen Wiggins, Tracy Brown, Melissa Klungle, Dan Saul, Jim Szumila, David Mora, Herb Reeves

Trail Work Party on Saturday April 22, 2011
David Mora and Herb Reeves

Packet Stuffing Party
Heidi Perry, Bill and Helene Pearch, Kris Ryding, Jim Szumila, Jennifer Seward, Julie Kamerrer, Wayne Ballew, Dave Molenaar, Rob Dengel, Herb Reeves, Melissa Klungle (I hope I’m not forgetting someone here??)

Course Marking
Kris Ryding and Brandon Williams

Packet pickup
Kris Ryding, Karen Wiggins and Heidi Perry

Day of Race Registration
Seth Swanson, Rich White and Roger Michel (Evergreen Trail Runs),

Sweep behind last 50 miler: Kris Ryding from Capitol Peak to Finish
Sept behind last 55k runner: Karen Wiggins, Dave Molenaar and Rich White

Aid Station supply meister:
Herb Reeves

Aid Station radio communication
South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue

Station A1/A9:
Dave Mora and SPSMSAR radio

Station A2 Falls Creek
Owen Connell, David Snyder, Michael Scholl, and other FOCF and SPSMSAR radio

Station A3/A4 Capitol Jct
Rachael Jamison, Craig Dickson and other Guerilla Runners, Laurie Rich, and John Bandur, Dave Molenaar and SPSMSAR radio

Station A5/A7 Wedekind:
Brandon Williams, Herb Reeves, Paul Heffernan, Scott Warfield , Owen Connell and SPSMSAR radio

Station A6 C2000
Bill Herzog, Tammy Herzog and Andy Fritz (Club Oly Runners) and SPSMSAR radio

Finish line
Jeff Bauknecht and Miguel Galeana (Route 16 Running and Walking), Heidi Perry and Roberta Woods and SPSMSAR radio

Post-race meal
Bill Pearch, Helene Pearch, Elizabeth Pearch, Jim Szumila

Glenn Tachiyama and Damien Murphy

Other Thank You’s
• My wonderful parents (Bill and Helene Pearch) and sister-in-law (Elizabeth Pearch) for help organizing and purchasing all the post race meal fixings and aid station food. Every year my parents are great about helping. And it was so good to also have Elizabeth there to help. Everyone seemed to love the soup!!

• My wonderful girlfriend, Heidi Perry for being there every step of the way in the months leading up to the race. Heidi was also a huge help at the finish line in handing out the awards.

• Glenn Tachiyama for identifying the winners of the 1st to the Peak (while taking fabuolous photos on the top of Capitol Peak). To see the Glenn’s photo album please email Glenn at for permission to use these photos:

• Damien Murphy for also showing up and taking photos throughout the course. To see the Damien’s photo album please email Damien at for permission to use these photos:

Friends of Capitol Forest for going above and beyond to letting us borrow their huge event tent and other smaller tents and supplies. And also having a great Tequila Bar aid station that boosted everyone either up the Peak or onto the finishing leg. A portion of our proceeds go to benefit Friends of Capitol Forest, to help maintain our wonderful trails in Capitol State Forest.

• South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue for going out of the way each year to help with radio communication at all the aid stations and parking in the early morning hours! Our other portion of proceeds go to benefit South Puget Sound Mobile Search.

• Candice Burt for cooking potatoes at the last minute Friday night.

• Roberta Woods for picking up the bakery goods from San Francisco Bakery

• Herb Reeves for announcing the race in Trail Ultra Crazy newsletter and other announcements and for organizing the Washington Ultra Series. This race is also apart of the Washington Ultras Series. Results will be updated in a couple weeks.
• Rachael Jameson and Craig Dickson (Guerilla Running) for co-sponsoring the Capitol Forest Triple Crown Trail race series and announcing about the race and also helping a great deal at Capitol Station.
• Roger Michel (Evergreen Trail Runs) helping measuring the 50 mile course
• Wild Bill Graphics for making awesome Tshirts and packet bags.
Mug Revolution for making awesome age group hand crafted mugs.
• Brand That- for making awesome Capitol Peak pint glasses.

Thanks also to our wonderful Sponsors
Hammer Nutrition for providing gels and fizz tablets to each runner and discount on additional products.
Scott for donating 4 pair shoes for prizes.
• The Balanced Athlete for donating 4 pair shoes and additional running wear for prizes.
South Sound Running donating 2 pair shoes and socks for prizes.
Route 16 Running and Walking – donating their time and timing service at the finish.
Patagonia – discount on clothing products for prizes.
Ultrarunning Magazine – donating magazines for packets
Trail Runner Magazine – Trail Runner Trophy Series magazines and 2 gift certificate for 1 year subscription. This race is also apart of the Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series. Results will be updated in a couple weeks.
• Olympia Food Coop - $50 donation
• San Francisco Street Bakery – donation of day old bakery goods