Introducing our New Head Coach – TJ Garlatz

The Chuckanut Raptors Running Club is excited to announce that TJ Garlatz has assumed the role of Head Coach.  TJ has outstanding credentials as a professional coach and is very excited to be joining the Raptors.

For the past 11 years, TJ has been employed as the Associate/Assistant Head Coach for cross country & track at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA), which is one of the top NCAA D-2 running programs in the country. While at UAA, TJ coached over 100 All American athletes and 8 national champions. Prior to UAA, TJ served as an Assistant Coach at Western Washington University (WWU).

TJ and his wife have two young children and moved back to Bellingham this fall to be closer to family. TJ is currently working on a graduate degree and is serving as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at WWU.

We welcome TJ back to Bellingham — and to the Chuckanut Raptors !!!

Winter Season Workouts Begin on Monday, November 12

After taking a break for the high school and middle school sports seasons, the MWF evening workouts will resume Monday, November 12.

The workout on Monday, November 12 will be at noon at the Western Washington University  (WWU) track (Monday is Veteran’s Day holiday).  Following Monday, we plan to have the workouts on MWF evenings at 5 pm at the WWU track during the winter season.

Click on this link for a WWU campus map.  The track is located at “B-8” on the map.  Public parking is available after 4:30 pm on weekdays, and during holidays and weekends in the “C” lots located south of the track at “B-9” and “B-10” on the map (see yellow lots) .

Raptor Runners Excel at 2018 Lake Samish Run

Runners from the Chuckanut Raptors Running Club excelled in the 6.5 mile race at the annual Lake Samish Run event on January 7, 2018, capturing 7 of the top 8 places (128 runners completed the race).   The scenic race course goes completely around Lake Samish, which is located in the Chuckanut Mountains just south of Bellingham, WA.  The event was organized by the Greater Bellingham Running Club.  The day of the race was very chilly with heavy rain.  Nonetheless, the youth runners from the Raptors Club thrived in the challenging conditions.  Congratulations to following runners  from the club: Kristin Garcia – 1st place woman’s division (and 5th overall); Abbas Theophilus – 2nd place men’s division; Justin Burgess – 3rd place men’s division; Landon Sturdevant – 4th place men’s division; Coach Peter Oviatt – 5th place men’s division; Jaskaran Dhatt – 6th place men’s division; and Maldonado Avendano – 7th place men’s division.  Full race results are available here.

View of Lake Samish on the rainy morning of the 2018 Lake Samish Run – January 7, 2018

2017 USATF JO Regional Cross Country Meet

The USATF Junior Olympics Region 13 Cross Country meet was held on November 18, 2017 at Woodland Park in Seattle.  The Regional meet is open to athletes who qualified the previous week at their Association meet.  Region 13 covers the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, plus northern Idaho.  Three club members competed at the meet: Greta Watson (8th place, 9-10 year old girls), Heath Terry (71st, 9-10 boys), and Asa Danforth (27th, 15-18 boys).  Due to wet weather, the course conditions were very challenging — a fine job done by all runners.  Based on their placings, Greta and Asa qualified for the Junior Olympics National meet in Tallahassee, Fl to be held in December!

2017 USATF JO Association Cross Country Meet

The USATF Junior Olympics Association Cross Country meet was held on November 11, 2017 at Woodland Park in Seattle.  The Association meet is open to athletes who live in western Washington state (west of the Cascades).  The Woodland Park course is very challenging, with many elevation changes, turns, and uneven ground.  For this event, the course was even more challenging than usual due to heavy rain and soggy conditions.  Three club members competed at the meet: Greta Watson (2nd place, 9-10 year old girls, 3k), Heath Terry (29th, 9-10 boys, 3k), and Asa Danforth (14th, 15-18 boys, 5k).  All three athletes ran well and qualified for the JO Regional meet.  Congratulations to Greta, Heath, and Asa!

Greta Watson – 2017 JO Association
Heath Terry (lead runner) – 2017 XC JO Association
Asa Danforth – 2017 XC JO Association