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BEAST: To New Heights

We’re here for the amazing stories you write on this mountain!

You’re all amazing to us. The smiling faces of the folks at the front of the pack and in the back. No matter if you climb this mountain in 2 or 5hrs. We love celebrating this achievement with you and are honored you join us on this crazy adventure on Mount Ellinor each year.

We had a record number of runners racing the Skyrace (summit race) this year and had no DNF’s! We had double the number of runners running the forest loop and every runner who signed up, showed up to race it. Amazing!

We witnessed some incredible performances this weekend and here are highlights: (The historical data we compare these achievements against can be found here. One caveat to consider is that the summit race course has considerably changed over the years.)

So, with all this said we’re confident to declare we have new course records for the men’s and women’s Skyrace.

(Summit: 1h 47min)

Brooke Carmen
Portland, OR

(Summit: 1h 23min)

Peter Kesting
Black Hawk, SD

Both are incredibly fast times which will set new benchmarks for the coming years! Oh and, Washington trail runners, how do you feel about both course records being held by runners from out of state now, haha?


We had the oldest men and woman who ever finishing the Skyrace. 

69 years young George Wiggins from Belfair, WA  completed it in 4:54:23 and our DFL finisher is no other than the amazing Nancy Thompson from Olympia, WA (65!) who completed the race in 7:20:27. What an inspiration you are!

Special mention to Adam Lee from Vancouver, BC who’s might be our first international Skyrace finisher!?


In the Forest Loop we had Olympia, WA’s Rob Dengel take the win on the men’s side and 14 year old Haley Schweppe from Montesano, WA come in 3rd overall! and take the win on the women’s side.

4 year old Cooper (youngest runner ever?!) beat his dad Chris Strode by a second! and completed the full loop in 1:43:37. 

Way to go Coop – next year it’s time for the Skyrace!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to race and support, cheer and help, smile and wait for their loved ones at the finish. We love this community and still can’t quite believe we get to organize this race every year.

And with that we’re already looking forward to 2024. August 3rd, reserve the date!

PS: We will upload results to UTMB and Skyrunning some time next week.

PPS: There will be interviews on Singletrack! Stay tuned.

Posted on Aug 10th, 2023
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