2014 Grand Slam With Ham is underway now. After Cascade Crest, Daniel Kuhlmann leads for distance, Genia Kacey leads for speed, with John Barrickman about 4.5 hours behind her, and Hideko Opperman leads for number of times getting lost while still finishing every race. Plain is somewhat in question this year because of the forest fire at Kelly Peak, which although currently extinguished is still a hazard in the eyes of the Forest Service, so they trails are still closed (as of September 1).
2013 Grand Slam With Ham went unclaimed. Jason (Ras) Vaughan was our top contender until Plain, when instead of handily finishing the series including opting for the Pigtails 200-miler he had the opportunity to enjoy his first DNF. He still wins the title for Washington Grand Kinda-Sorta Slam (Hold the
Ham Plain), which seems appropriate for a vegetarian. Yet (in his own words) he will rise back up,”like a comic book supervillain or a cyborg assassin from the future.” We look forward to seeing his costume choice.
- Jason (Ras) Vaughan, Orovillie, WA – Badger: 27:17:00, Lumberjack: 26:44:00, Pigtails 200-mile: 67:27:00, Cascade Crest: 31:27:56 Total time on trail: 152:55:56, Total mileage: 500
2013 Washington Grand Slam Results (Links to Google Docs)
2012 Grand Slam With Ham (all 5 races):
- Van Phan, Maple Valley WA – Badger: 28:06:25, Lumberjack: 21:16:00, Pigtails 200-mile: 52:50:00, Cascade Crest: 25:34:59, Plain: 32:57:00 Total time on trail: 160:44:24, Total mileage: 600, Average pace: 16m 4s/mile
- Matt Hagen, Seattle WA – Badger: 28:06:25, Lumberjack: 23:34:00, Pigtails 150-mile: 43:54:00, Cascade Crest: 25:48:26, Plain: 29:34:00, Total time on trail: 150:56:51, Total mileage: 550, Average pace: 16m 28s/mile
The official 2012 Grand slam is finished! Upon Van Phan’s finish at Plain, Matt Hagen made a claim that since he had come in over three hours before her, he should be declared the winner.
“If you’re counting from the start of Badger to the end of Plain…” he argued unconvincingly to the shuffling array of volunteers, race directors and one very exasperated looking gal with pigtails who had just sat down, “I mean… You don’t stop the clock, right? It’s start to finish. I’m the ‘first finisher’ of the Grand Slam With Ham.”
Somebody really should have been shooting video.
Eventually his smirk broke through and Van stopped kicking his ankles long enough for him to explain to the others that Van had soundly defeated him in every race in the series except this one and Badger, and that had been because she refused to leave him in the latter miles of that arduous race, insisting that since they had run all night together they should finish together.
Count it any way you like – total distance run (600 miles vs. 550); number of races won (4 to 1); or just overall pace per mile (16m 4s vs. 16:28s) – Van Phan is this year’s champion of the Grand Slam With Ham, just as she was the winner and sole finisher of last year’s Grand Slam.
But I (Matt) am still going to say I’m the ‘first finisher’ whenever Van is within earshot.
2012 Grand Kinda-Sorta Slam (4 races, hold the Plain):
- Jeff Forister, Seattle WA – Badger: 30:51:19, Lumberjack: 27:46:00, Pigtails 100-mile: 25:50:00, Cascade Crest: 30:38:07, Total time on trail: 115:05:26, Total mileage: 400, Average pace: 17m 16s/mile
We were sad to have lost our third competitor for the whole enchilada, Jeff Forister, at Deep Creek. He ran a strong Cascade Crest, but had to drop down to the “Plain 100k” when he was feeling rough and the lightning storm was getting bad as he came into Deep Creek. Even making it halfway is not easy in a race that only 72 people have ever finished. He did, however, finish Badger, Lumberjack, Pigtails and Cascade Crest, making him the official “Grand Slam, Hold the Ham” winner for the 2012.
2011 Inaugural Grand Slam (4 races, predates Pigtails 100/150/200):
- Van Phan, Maple Valley Wa – Badger: 26:44:00, Lumberjack: 25:27:00, Cascade Crest: 28:28:41, Plain: 35:10:00, Total time: 115hr 49min 41sec, Average pace: 17m 22s/ mile