Fun in the Sun (Mountain)!
Located on the east (see also: SUNNY) side of the North Cascades - on the edge of the Chelan Sawtooth Wildereness, above the Methow River Valley - these courses offer great mountain trail running early in the year. The sun shines an average of 5 out of 7 days in the Methow Valley year-round, and for race-day, and (if historic races are any indication) you can expect sun and lots of it come race-day. In partnership with Methow Trails and Sun Mountain Lodge, we're proud for this to be the first and finest ultra in the Methow Valley.
The Sun Mountain races are three of the courses that get people hooked on Rainshadow races, and over the years they've fast become some of our all-time biggest and most beloved of all Rainshadow events. All three distances feature all the things you'll be looking forward to in May: Sun, scenic vistas, challenging terrain, stunning wildflowers, and endless amounts of FUN. All three courses mix climbs both gradual and steep, downhills both screaming and meandering, mountain vistas, dense forest, blooming wildflowers, and open sagebrush hillsides.
In 2015, the 50-mile & 50k will be SATURDAY, May 16th. The 50-mile starts at 7 AM, and the 50k starts at 10 AM.
The 25k & Kids 1k Fun Run will be SUNDAY, May 17th. The Kids 1k will start at 9:45 AM, and the 25k will start at 10 AM (hurrah for sleeping in!).
These are family friendly races, so if you have kids, feel free to sign your kiddos up ahead of time (or on race-morning) for Sunday's Kids 1k Fun Run. We'll have awesome bibs for them, and we'll get them started running at 9:45 AM, right before we start the 25k at 10:00 AM. (And registration for the Kids' 1k is free!)
After your race, hang out with friends while eating local pizza, drinking local beer, and listening to live bluegrass. Come see what Rainshadow Running is all about! Join our party in the Methow, with a little running thrown in for good measure, and when you go home, you'll be wondering: Why run anywhere else?
Everything else you need to know
Can be found at www.RainshadowRunning.com. Just select "Races" from the top navigation menu, and then scroll down to "Sun Mountain 50m & 50k" or "Sun Mountain 25k" for full course descriptions and course directions, maps, elevation profiles, driving directions, camping recommendations, and tons of other great info!
See ya'll in the Methow in May!
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