Beautiful, soft, and well-maintained singletrack trails through old growth forest with waterfalls, lakes, cascading creeks, and views of the Puget Sound, the surrounding islands, and on clear days the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges, including Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St Helens!
The Orcas Island 50k (and its sister race, the Orcas Island 25k) is quite unique in the trail running world. The course alone makes this race special - old-growth forests, tough climbs, and spectacular views of surrounding islands, mountains, and Puget Sound - but what truly sets it apart is the sense of community. With live music, great post-race food and beer, and a chance to hang out all weekend on a gorgeous island with tough trails and great friends, these are the races that set Rainshadow apart from the rest, and leave you wondering: Why run anywhere else?
After changes nearly every year, we've finally found a classic. With 8400+ feet of elevation gain, this course will make you work. We'll have four aid stations to help you along, though (mile 6.4, at Mountain Lake; mile 14.6, at Mt Pickett; mile 20.6, at North Arch; and 25.8, at the summit of Mt. Constitution - the highest point in the San Juans!), and far more spectacular views to keep you company along the way. Cut-offs will be strictly enforced at four places: Mountain Lake, at 10 am; Mt Pickett, at noon; North Arch, at 1:30 pm; and the Mt. Constitution summit at 3:30 pm. If a runner does not make it to these locations before these cut-off times, they may be removed from the race for their safety, the safety of our volunteers, and to keep the race on schedule for our permits and plans.
Local time: 5:28 AM
Please visit our Orcas Island 50k page for course maps, course descriptions, and elevation profile, and a detailed course description. Like all Rainshadow races, the 50k course will be well-marked, but please print maps and course descriptions and bring them with you if you'll need them on race-day. More information can be found at RainshadowRunning.com.