ONE OF THE TOUGHEST 100Ks IN THE COUNTRY [GET PSYCHED]
AND PART OF THE MONTRAIL ULTRA CUP IN 2015!
The Gorge Waterfalls 100k (and its sister race, the Gorge Waterfalls 50k) are unique in the number of waterfalls this course includes - Quite possibly more waterfalls than you'll be able to count! Wahkeena Falls, Fairy Falls, Multnomah Falls, Oneota Falls, Dry Falls, and far more, including Ponytail Falls, which you'll run right underneath! And, as this is an out-and-back course, you'll see each waterfall twice, so even if you miss some of them in the dark at the start, you'll have a chance to appreciate them on the return trip! But don't let the majestic scenery fool you: This race is TOUGH.
Please note: Unlike the Gorge Waterfalls 50k, this race is NOT a lottery, and registration will open on October 27th, 2014 at 8 AM Pacific.
The 2015 Gorge Waterfalls 100k will be SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH, 2015.
Check-in will be at Benson State Recreation Area from 3:00-3:45 AM. The race will start at 4:00 AM, and all runners will need flashlights / headlamps, as it won't likely be light until nearly 7 AM. You can drop your lights at aid stations later on the course. in 2015 we're adding a 3 AM early-start option for those who might need extra time to complete the course. [Early-starters will not be eligible for any race-related prizes or awards.]
The course is primarily stunning singletrack, and winds its way along the base of the Cascades, where rugged Oregon peaks meet the mighty Columbia River. You'll careen past Wahkenna, Fairy, Ocola, Weisendanger, Multnomah, Oneota, Ponytail, Elowah, and Dry Falls, among others. Rolling hills is a fair descriptor for the bulk of this course, with the biggest climb on the course being about 1500 feet, but there are enough climbs of 200-500 feet that this course has a surprising amount of elevation gain - about 12,000' feet of rugged gain for a "rolling" 100k!
Combined with the often technical trail, and the number of times you'll stop to take photos, this isn't quite a "PR" course. For the most part, you'll be on the Gorge Trail (#400), but you'll also spend a little bit of time on the Pacific Crest Trail and a few other trails, plus a 2.3-mile section of low-traffic paved road you'll see twice. The majority of the course is in deep, old-growth forest, with ancient trees watching over most of your run. Moss flanks the trail with deep, rich greens, and you'll wonder as you run if you might just see an elf, or a gnome. Occasionally the trail pops out of the trees, and you're treated to spectacular views of both the mighty Columbia and the mountains that tower over it.
This course will make you work, but we'll have seven full aid stations (mile 6 and 56, at No Name, mile 13 and 49, at Yeon, mile 22 and 40, at Cascade Locks, and at the turn-around at Wyeth), and you'll have drop bag access at all seven.
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW
To park at Benson State Recreation Area, you will need either a $5 day pass that you can purchase on site at the fee kiosk (Debit/credit cards only; no cash or check), or you can use your 12 month or 24 month Oregon State Park Pass, if you purchased one prior to race-day. [We highly recommend purchasing a pass prior to race-day.]
Local time: 4:17 AM
Post-race, we'll hang out at Benson State Recreation Area, where we'll have locally brewed beer and other beverages on-hand for all runners and volunteers, and a great spread of food, too, including handmade wood-fired pizza, and a variety of gluten-free options! Rain or shine, The Pine Hearts will also be playing live at the finish. [And, if you want more music, odds are good they will also be playing Saturday night at McMenamin's Edgefield, the host hotel located in Troutdale, OR, just a few minutes on I-84 from Benson State Rec Area.]
There really isn't another race in the United States like this one. Why run anywhere else?
For more details, including course maps, course profiles, and various other information, please visit www.RainshadowRunning.com and select Gorge 100k from our "Races" tab.