This race is tough. Real tough. Are you?
[We bet you're pretty dang tough.]
By April, you'll be sick of the clouds and rain, puddles and wet brush. You'll be sick of mud, of dark and dreary days. You'll need some sunlight. This race is one way to get that sunlight, to get out of mud and wet brush, to get up relatively high (3500 feet) and see for miles and miles. This race'll give you hope, hope that summer is coming, is on its way.
Sure, the trail is steep and hard and relentless, with more elevation gain than any other comparable race in the Pacific Northwest, but its worth it, because you can see where you've been and where you're going. With each climb, you're rewarded with ever expanding views of the Columbia Highlands, the Yakima River Canyon, and the Cascade Mountains - including Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, and the Stuart Range. As you climb in and out of the Umtanum and Roza creek valleys, you'll see the ecosystem change before your eyes, and the ridge running here is liberating and invigorating.
The 2015 50k will be Saturday, April 18th. Check-in will start at 7:00 AM, with the race start at 8:00 AM. Post-race, we'll have a great spread, with fresh, hot pizza and other tasty fare (including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), a variety of beverages, and live music provided by The Pine Hearts.
None of the Rainshadow races are easy, and they're all on stunningly beautiful courses, but this race in particular stands out as a fantastic challenge that'll reward you with some seriously fantastic views along the way. Summer starts early in the Rainshadow. Why run anywhere else?
Everything else you need to know
You can find on our website: www.RainshadowRunning.com. Just click "Races" from the top navigation bar, and then scroll down to Yakima 25k & Yakima 50k. See y'all in April!
Local time: 8:18 PM