Easton, Washington, August 29. Jeff Browning of Bend, Oregon took advantage of cool racing conditions to break the course record at the 12th annual Cascade Crest Classic held in the mountains east of Seattle. Browning won handily over defending champion Phil Shaw, who held of Bill Huggins for second.
The women’s race was tight throughout, with five-time Wasatch champ Betsy Nye emerging victorious. It was Nye’s 25th 100-mile finish. Of the 115 starters, 78 finished the demanding course within the 32-hour time limit.
1. Jeff Browning, 39, Bend, OR, 18:31:09 (course record, old record 19:47:40 by Phil Shaw, 2009)
2. Phil Shaw, 24, Everett, WA, 20:07:45
3. Bill Huggins, 40, Seattle, WA, 20:11:09
4. Adam Hewey, 42, Seattle, WA, 20:48:32
5. Christian Johnson, 38, Salt Lake City, UT, 21:03:33
1. Betsy Nye, 45, Tahoe City, CA, 22:32:40
2. Shawna Tompkins, 38, Burlington, WA, 23:01:04
3. Jody Aslett, 42, Sandpoint, ID, 23:16:11
4. Gwen Scott, 43, Seattle, WA, 24:36:27
5. Kim Gimenez, 45, Long Beach, CA, 25:35:31
photo: Mt Rainier looms over the Cascade Crest course (photo by Glenn Tachiyama)