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 some 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 Saturday 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 2016, the 100k, 50-mile & 50k will be SATURDAY, May 21st. The 100k starts at 5:30 AM, the 50-mile starts at 7 AM, and the 50k starts at 10 AM. NO EARLY START. 5:30 and 7:00 AM are plenty early enough, and all 100k and 50m runners will have ample amount of time to finish the race as long as they're doing more than hiking. All 100k runners will have 16 hours to finish, and all 50m will have 13 hours.
[The 25k & Kids 1k Fun Run will be SUNDAY, May 22nd, and is found on a separate registration page. The Kids 1k will start at 9:30 AM, and the 25k will start at 10 AM (hurrah for sleeping in!).]
Like all of our races, these are family friendly events, 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 and donated prizes for them, and we'll get them started running at 9:30 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 100k, 50m & 50k" for full course descriptions and course directions, maps, elevation profiles, driving directions, camping recommendations, and tons of other great info!
Local time: 1:29 AM
See ya'll in the Methow in May!
*We will be running a 100k and 50m wait-list in 2016, which folks will be able to sign up for via UltraSignup once general registration sells out. Please see the Sun Mountain 100k/50m/50k race page for details.**No wait-lists for the 50k, and ALL entries (regardless of distance/wait-list) are non-refundable and non-transferable to other runners.*
*No refunds or transfers on race shirts, or any other race add-ons, and we can't mail you anything if you don't come to the race.*
*50% transfer credit will be available for anyone who paid full price for their registration and who emails info@RainshadowRunning.com at least 30 days' prior to race-weekend.*
*Once races are sold-out, no one can switch from one race distance to another; please see our RACE POLICIES page on the Rainshadow website for comprehensive race policies.*
P.S. ALL OF OUR TRAIL RACES ARE RUN ON PACIFIC TIME, SO YOU CAN TRUST THAT ANY AND ALL TIMES LISTED HERE AND ANYWHERE ON OUR WEBSITE - INCLUDING WHAT TIME REGISTRATION OPENS - ARE - YOU GUESSED IT! - PACIFIC TIME.