We are changing things up a bit for this, our 20th year. Most notably, all runners will receive a shirt. Swag for the two longer races includes a 32oz Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Insulated Growler and a few other gems. For those of you who have yet to run a 50K, this should be reason enough to move up from the 15K! Friday night at the Mountain includes dinner (beer and wine available) and a hour long trail film festival. We're hoping to see more of you on Friday night. Pre-race breakfast is also included as a meal option.
We are happy to be back in the Lodge, with all meals and registration in the facility.
Notice: No refunds, transfers or postponements. If you cannot run for any reason, please know that your entry is going to a good cause as SOB is a non-profit and donates all profits to other worthy non-profit organizations. Unless by prior arrangement with the race directors, the t-shirt and mug must be picked up prior to your race on race day. Any not picked up by the start of your race will be sold to attendees.
50M Course Description
The first part of the 50M follows the 50K course to Jackson Gap Aid Station. 50M runners will have drop bags available here and Siskiyou Gap Aid Station for both directions.
Leaving the Jackson Gap aid station you will continue heading west on the PCT which will be your home for the next 19 miles. From Jackson Gap at 7040 feet the trail will descend 1700 feet in the next 6.9 miles to the Wards Fork aid station. Four miles into this descent the PCT will cross Road 2025 where water will be available to top off bottles. Shortly after you will cross into California and descend into lovely Donomore Meadows. After Donomore, it's 1.5 miles to the the Wards Fork Gap aid station at 5300 feet. From the aid station you will continue your westerly journey on the PCT now climbing steadily in the next 2.6 miles to the turnaround near Big Rock. The trail makes one road crossing in this section, stay on the PCT. At the turnaround, you'll head back to Jackson Gap the same way you came. Keep in mind after you descend to Wards Fork, that it can be a tough, hot 6.9 mile climb back to Jackson Gap.
Leaving Jackson Gap for the second time, the course heads due north on Road 20 for 2.1 miles to Wrangle Gap, meets with the PCT and follows the trail around Big Red Mountain to the Siskiyou Gap aid station (3.4 miles). From Siskiyou Gap, the return is the same route as going out, cross the finish line and get your 50M finisher mug!
50K Course Description
From the start at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area parking lot, the course heads west to a junction with fire road 40S15 (.4 miles) before intersecting with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The course then heads along the PCT to the Willamette Meridian aid station. From the aid station, the trail climbs to a saddle with views of beautiful Mt. Shasta, the peaks of the Marble Mountain wilderness and Mt. Eddy. The trail continues to another gap and then descends through Long John Saddle to the Siskiyou Gap aid station. If you left a drop bag for delivery, this is where you will find it. The next 3.4 miles will climb on Road 20 (dirt/gravel) to Wrangle Gap, then back on the PCT to Road 20 where you will turn right and proceed to the Jackson Gap aid station, the highest point on the course. Prominent peaks at this gap include Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ashland, Preston Peak (Siskiyou Wilderness), Red Buttes, and Mt. McLoughlin and the Crater Lake rim to the north.
Leaving Jackson Gap, the course heads due north on Road 20 for 2.1 miles to Wrangle Gap, meets with the PCT and follows the trail around Big Red Mountain to the Siskiyou Gap aid station (3.4 miles). From Siskiyou Gap, the return is the same route as going out.
15K Course Description
From the start at Mt. Ashland Ski parking lot the runners will be on Forest Service road for approximately a mile until reaching the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Once on the PCT you'll stay on it, running 2 miles until the first aid station at Grouse Gap. From Grouse Gap the trail becomes a bit steep, but you're only two miles to the turn around at Willamette Meridian. While water will be available at the turn around, the road beckons-- stay on it until you're back at Grouse Gap. From the Grouse Gap aid station, jump on the PCT and return the 3 miles you came to the finish. We'll be waiting for you!
Local time: 4:00 PM