Fort to Fort to Fort 50K Jogathon – Trails, Roads & Beaches

For many years there has been a cycling tour that visits the 3 Forts local to Port Townsend area. The event is not a race and there are different distances and routes riders can choose from. More info at www.ptbikes.org/tour-de-forts/ .

I have wanted to connect a run taking in the 3 forts for a few years now, and decided to do so on the same day as the cycle tour 06/07/15. My course did not exactly follow the cyclists route and took in trails and beaches as well as road sections the cyclists would use.  I split the entire distance into 3 stages knowing that I could rest and refuel at the end of stages 1 & 2 and have plenty of choices on stage 3. I was joined for the first 2 stages by Linda Rosens, a transplant from Austin TX who had no problems with the excess heat of the day. It was the hottest day of the year so far with full sun and barely any breeze.

Linda Rosens & Myself

Linda Rosens & Myself

I collected Linda from Evergreen Fitness, (end of stage 2), at 7.45am where she had left her vehicle and we drove to my home to collect Ingrid and then onto Fort Flagler State Park, Marrowstone Island. Ingrid dropped us off and we started jogging at 8.25am from the lower beach campground  in 59F clear, windless skies. The object of the Jogathon was to circumnavigate each Fort. All my distances are best guess from local knowledge of the trails and checking all road sections with odometer mileage.

Near Fort Flagler Lighthouse

Near Fort Flagler Lighthouse

We took the cliff top trail to Flagler’s lighthouse, eastern parade ground, passed the settling ponds and more wooded trails to the road entry gate. We followed the quiet road 116 off Marrowstone Island,

Linda at Nordland Store

Linda at Nordland Store

crossed onto Indian Island and picked up the 3 trails that led us to the bridge over to the mainland. Some of the Tour De Forts cyclists passed us heading to and from Flagler on road.

Crossing from Indian Island to the Mainland

Crossing from Indian Island to the Mainland

We followed road 116 into Port Hadlock and then to my house to complete stage 1, a distance of 13.5 miles in 2 hours.

During a 10 minute stop over we re-nourished ourselves. Linda was into Cliff Gels and water, I ate a 3 oz Spam and guzzled 1 quart of water then we hit the road again. Stage 2 wasn’t much fun because its first 5 miles were in full sun running on the edge of busy roads, Irondale Rd then main highway 19 towards Port Townsend. By this time the sun was very strong and radiating off blacktop surface, there was also a significant incline to contend with near the county airport. We turned off the main road on Parkridge Drive and headed for Kala Point and Old Fort Townsend. Somewhere around mile 18 or 19 the heat got the better of me and my energy sapped, I had to walk a little. Linda carried on and waited in the shade about ½ mile ahead. When I got to her I asked for a small sip of water and then continued walking for a while as Linda was stretching out tight muscles. As soon as she caught me up we both continued and jogged finally into the shade. We could have shortened our route here, but didn’t. We turned downhill along the fire break trail and fully circumnavigated Old Fort Townsend State Park. There was a drinks station for the cyclists in the picnic area and a spigot tap at the RV camping area. Its cold water was very refreshing and set us up to complete the last 1.5 miles to Evergreen Fitness. Even though we were both pretty worn down we’d made the 22.5 miles in under 4 hours (including the 10 minute rest at my home). Linda was very happy and felt successful with her run, I wondered if I had it in me to continue??

I drank coconut juice, a pint of Zija XM+ and had a few Cliff Bloks during a 15 minute rest at Evergreen. Linda wished me well and I slowly jogged down the road towards the Larry Scott Memorial Trail which would take me into the Port of Port Townsend. Somewhere along the way I got my second wind and felt good again. By now the temperatures were in the mid to upper 70’sF with an occasional light breeze coming off the water. At the Port I doused my head in cold water at the restrooms and continued on to the Pourhouse, my favorite pub, where they gave me a glass of iced water.

Pourhouse Bar

Pourhouse Bar

Pourhouse Bottles & Cans

Pourhouse Bottles & Cans

 

 

 

 

 

 

I continued along Water Street and called in at Nifty Fiftys Soda Fountain thinking I might want to eat something and settled just for a glass of iced lemonade.

Nifty Fiftys on Water St.

Nifty Fiftys on Water St.

Fully refreshed I jogged down to the NW Maritime buildings and Point Hudson, got onto the beach at low tide and jogged on it all the way to Fort Worden State Park’s lighthouse.

Beach from Point Hudson

Beach from Point Hudson

Fort Worden Lighthouse

Fort Worden Lighthouse

Beach to North Beach

Beach to North Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

At that point I phoned Ingrid to arrange a pick up at North Beach and set off along the beach westwards in shade from the cliffs above with a light breeze coming off the Straights of Juan De Fuca. Ingrid hadn’t arrived by the time I reached North Beach completing my third Fort circumnavigation, but I stopped long enough to ask a couple of young lads to photograph me,

North Beach

North Beach

then continued jogging towards Jefferson County Fairgrounds before Ingrid showed up and I could finally stop. I felt ok, much better than how I’d felt at the end of stage 2, and we went to celebrate back at the Pourhouse with a well earned pint of beer.

Celebratory Pint

Celebratory Pint

Still Celebrating

Still Celebrating

 

 

Facts and Figures:

Stage 1 – 13.5 miles

Stage 2 – 9 miles

Stage 3 – 9.5 miles

Total = 32 miles = 50K guesstimate

 

Total Time = 6 hrs 15 mins

Total Rest Time = 40 to 45 mins

Total Jogging Time = 5 hrs 30/35 mins

 

Accuweather for Port Townsend 6/07/15 (inland was hotter!)

8am – 59F real feel 64 with humidity 79%

2pm – 75F real feel 82 with humidity 50%

NW breezes 1 to 7 mph, No cloud, bright sun

 

Clothing/Equipment

Running shorts, wicking short sleeved T-shirt, Duo Dry anklet socks, Nike Zoom running shoes, superlight body belt containing cell phone/camera, 1 packet Cliff Bloks and a few $’s.

 

Breakfast at 7.15am

Bowl of porridge (oatmeal)

2 breakfast sausages

Spoonful of marmalade

Mug of coffee

 

Nourishment during the Jogathon

1 qt water at the end of stage 1 with 3 oz Spam (fat, protein and salt), 1 Cliff Blok square.

A few mouthfuls of water at mile 21 – spigot in Old Fort Townsend State Park.

1 can of coconut juice and 1 pint of Zija XM+, 3 squares of Cliff Blok at the end of stage 2, Evergreen Fitness.

1 pint of iced water at the Pourhouse during stage 3

1 pint of iced lemonade at Nifty Fiftys with 1 square of Cliff Blok during stage 3.

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1 pint of beer after my Jogathon and I did not feel hungry till about 5pm.

I weighed myself when I returned home and had lost 8 lbs during the jog. I regained all that back again before going to bed and then checked my weight next morning and noted a drop of 4 lbs overnight. My body has stabilized to its normal weight now, 24 hours after the jog.