The Blanchard ultra was Saturday, on and around Blanchard Mountain. NWUltras---meaning Michael and Tamera C. and Scott K.---organized the event. Great job, of course. This is a quiet affair, with a lot of the same folks showing up each year. The course amounts to an 11 mile loop, with some climbs and some views, which can be done one, two, or three times. I started early, 6 AM, because it's so near and I've lately been into getting up at stupid hours on Saturday mornings in the summer. I only went twice, because I'm doing the North Face 50 next week. I ran easy and relatively well, for not pushing much--nice. The day was spectacular, considering all the bad weather we've had for the first half of the year. I hung out for a while afterwards, typical for this event--it has a lazy campground sort of feel, with good company, good chatter et al.--and then caught opening day at the Mount Vernon Farmer's Market. Big radishes.