A REVERSE TAKE ON OUR CARKEEK 12-HOUR: TOUGH & FESTIVE!
With gorgeous views of the Sound, varied terrain (rolling trails, steep stairs, a section or two that might generously be called “flat”), and a festive atmosphere, we think this is a race you (and your family, and friends, and well-behaved, leashed dogs) will just keep coming back to – one 1.93-mile (or .54 mile, if you choose the short loop) lap at a time. Run for twelve hours, run for six. Run as few or as many hours as you like! Every single runner will get something awesome simply for showing up to run, but this isn't your typical medal-laden sort of endeavor. (We count your laps with star stickers and the first time we directed this race, winners won giant stuffed dragons. Last year, winners won a variety of things, including bright pink and/or green garden gnomes.)
In addition to be heaps of F-U-N, our races are also low-impact: You won’t find any paper products at the Cottontail 6 & 12 Hour, and strive to have less than one full bag of trash at day's end. We also avidly support local businesses, which means as much aid (and prizes!) as possible will come from the Seattle area. Speaking of aid, we'll have some of the best out there. We'll bring you awesome fuel as your legs run loop after epic loop, and we'll have great prizes to raffle off throughout the day, too. We also provide re-usable mugs for you to use throughout the day, though if you have a favorite coffee mug, you're of course welcome to bring your own. We'll have awesome and super talented local photographer Glenn Tachiyama out on the course while you're rocking epic loops, too, and you'll have the ability to purchase gorgeous prints of your ambitious Carkeek endeavors from Glenn, post-event. 2017's 4th annual event will be SATURDAY, APRIL 15th. (Easter weekend, but not Easter Sunday.)
GO GO GADGET EPIC LOOPS
Cottontail's run on a clockwise, 1.93-mile loop in Seattle's Carkeek Park, with an additional .54-mile loop open all day long to give you more distance options and keep things fresh. You're welcome to run as few or as many loops as you like, but here's what to expect on each loop: steep stairs, rolling trails, gorgeous vistas, loads of single-track, spring flowers, and lots of up and lots of down. Each loop contains 436' of vertical gain, which adds up QUICKLY, so expect to (have fun, yes!, and) be challenged.
A FUNDRAISER FOR NORTHWEST TRAILS
The 6-Hour Run starts at a modest $50 (+ applicable sales tax & UltraSignup processing fees), and the 12-Hour at an equally modest $70. Prices first increase January 1st, then again April 1st.
This race, like Carkeek in the fall, is an Endless Trails fundraiser, so any and all funds that don't go to permitting fees/race costs/awesome aid and prizes will be donated to our 501(c)3 non-profit to support trail work, trail education, and trail advocacy. We'll be accepting cash and check donations on the day of the event, too, and you'll also have the option to make an additional donation to Endless Trails as you're registering. Every little bit helps, and all of it goes back to local and beloved Northwest trails. Thanks for your support!
Start & finish beside Puget Sound, in Carkeek Park.
For the 12-Hour Run and the 6-hour morning crew, gates to the park open at 6 am, check-in starts at 6:30 AM and the run begins at 7 AM. For the 6-Hour afternoon crew, check-in starts at 12:30 PM and the run begins at 1 PM. (6-hour runners can also elect to start at 7 AM with the 12-hour folks, but be sure to sign up for the 6-hour AM registration if you'd prefer that option!) For both races, expect pre-race announcements just a few minutes before the start. The 6-hour AM race ends at 1 PM, and both the 12-hour and 6-hour PM races finish at 7 PM - any laps finished after that time will not be counted toward your day's total. [By April, we'll have longer days to work with, so you shouldn't need headlamps for any portion of the run unless you want it for the first or last laps of the day.] We're capping registration right around 50 runners, total, and as we'll likely get to that number well before race-day, we likely won't be doing day-of registration. We want this low-key event to stay small, intimate, and feel like a family gathering.
Check the Cottontail race page - http://www.endlesstrails.us/cottontail-6-12-hour.html - to see if it might already be answered there. If it's not, feel free to shoot us an email at allthetrails[at]gmail[dot]com.
Local time: 5:55 AM
Hope to see you in April!