Come explore the Canyons of the Iconic Western States Trail!
The Canyons Endurance Runs bring you back to where it all started: the Birthplace of Mountain Ultras. You will encounter the most scenic and difficult sections of the Western States trail. Enjoy great panorama vistas of the Sierras from Desolation to rarely seen intimate canyon/river views. You will run through beautiful oak and pine canopied forests on some of the fastest descents and steepest climbs anywhere. Crossing streams and old wooden bridges through historic settlements, you might hear prospectors and mules on their quest for the mother lode as you follow the same trail they did over 150 years ago. You can also imagine the likes of Gordy Ansleigh, Ann Trason, and Tim Twietmeyer as they pioneered the sport of ultra running. Come explore the Canyons and follow in the footsteps of Pioneers that made this legendary trail so special. The post party will feature hot grilled food with lots of cold drinks to enjoy. The famous trucker hat will be back too!
The 100K is new for this year. Continuing on the same historic path as the 50K and beyond to the River on the Cal loop, destined to become a Spring classic. Our goal is to become a WS100 and UTMB qualifying race in the near future. We will strive to meet the necessary standards which means a sufficient number of finishers, so come experience 100k on the WS Trail and bring a friend!
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The Canyons 50K is run mostly on single-track, from Foresthill to Swinging Bridge and back, along the historic Western States Trail. The start/finish is at Foresthill Elementary School. You will head East on the famous WS Trail passing through Volcano Canyon, up to Michigan Bluff, down through El Dorado Canyon, up past Deadwood Cemetary and the Pump, finally descending past Devil's Thumb down to the turn around at the newly "re-built" Swinging Bridge. Aid stations will be at Michigan Bluff (miles 6, 25), El Dorado Creek (miles 9, 22), and the Pump (miles 13, 18). The vertical gain for this course is over 9000 ft.
The Canyons 100K will follow the 50K course and then continue on the WS Trail down the Cal loop to the river crossing and back to the finish at the Elementary School. This is the fastest 16 mile section of the WS trail! With a descent of 2500 feet to the river and 3 short climbs you will enjoy cruising down the pristine single-track with forested upper section while the lower section has some beautiful sights of the Middle fork of the American River with spectacular white water displays and perhaps a bald eagle sighting. Aid stations will be at Cal2 and at Ruck a Chucky river-crossing at the turn around. Go back the same way to Cal2, an express AS at Cal1 and then finish back at Foresthill Elementary School. What goes down must come up so conserve those quads for the return trip to Foresthill and the post party atmosphere that awaits. This course will have over 14,000 ft of gain!
Local time: 5:06 PM