The Fat Dog 120, with 8673m of elevation gain, is regarded as one of the toughest ultra marathons in the world, by Outside Magazine. This weekend, I was honoured to be on the course, to see it for myself and get a small taster as to why, while pacing for Lizzie’s 50-miler (she crushed it!).
In the grand scale of athleticism, considering events like marathons and IronMans, I’m not sure anything comes close to running 120 miles of trails. Seeing these athletes (and in some cases getting overtaken by them!) at the top of a mountain, after 30+ hours of non-stop running and with many more hours/kms still to go is a phenomenal experience. And to witness it all unfold on the winding single-track of EC Manning Park’s skyline trail made it all the more memorable. Here are just a few snaps I managed to grab along the way.
Congrats to all Fat Dog 2017 runners. You are incredible. And a little bit nuts.
Finally, thanks to all the volunteers, without whom, this race simply wouldn’t bee possible (and who kept me fuelled through Skyline).
These photos are for the lot of you to help remember the sights instead of the pain and in case you didn’t get a chance to snap any yourself.
Just starting to get above the tree line on Skyline in Manning Park
Nearing the end of the first climb on Skyline, Manning Park
Running through the meadows, high on Skyline – Manning Park – with Ross Lake in the distance
Following the trail en route to Mowich camp through very green meadows on top of Skyline
Sun starting to set while we’re running across Skyline – Manning Park – Cascade Mountains in distance
Coming from the right, heading to the left, after leaving Mowich Aid Station – Fat Dog 120
Continuing through the meadows during Fat Dog 120 as the sun it setting
Cascade mountains doing their thing – so pleased the wild fire smoke has gone
Skyline trail in Manning Park living true to it’s name – Spot the Dabous
Views of the Cascade mountains all evening – trail running Skyline in Manning Park
Trail running through the meadows in the evening is spectacular
EC Manning Park in all it’s glory for Fat Dog 120
Best thing about trail running aside from the views – making new friends along the way
Almost night time as we’re running to the Fat Dog 120 finish line
Sun almost gone as we finish the final climb of Skyline for Fat Dog 120
360 views from the top of the Skyline trail – EC Manning Park
Getting dark just before dropping into the trees and beginning to descend to the Fat Dog 120 finish line