The Gorge Waterfalls 100k (and its sister race, the Gorge Waterfalls 50k) are unique in the number of waterfalls this course runs by, including one you get to run behind. Wahkeena Falls, Fairy Falls, Multnomah Falls, Oneota Falls, Dry Falls, Ponytail Falls, and more! 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!
This is an out and back course, starting at Benson State Recreation Area in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, approximately 30 miles east of Portland. The 100K has approximately 12,000 feet of elevation gain and takes place primarily on single track trail.
Runners have 17 hours to complete the course. There are 7 full aid stations, 5 of which allow crew access.
All of that, PLUS a rocking post-race party with live bluegrass music, local micro brew, and hot, fresh, wood-fired pizza!
Western States Qualifier
Gorge 100K is a Western States 100 Qualifying Run which means any runner who completes the course in under 17 hours will be eligible to apply for the 2018 Western States lottery which takes place in December 2017.
THE GORGE 100K IS ALSO A WESTERN STATES 100 GOLDEN TICKET RACE, WHICH MEANS, quoting the WSER Board here: "The top two (2) female and top two (2) male finishers in each individual race will automatically qualify for entry into the 2016 Western States 100 event. In the case that the first, or second place participant is already in Western States (or decides to opt out), the automatic bid will slide to third place, fourth place, and subsequently down to fifth place as needed (no places below fifth will be accepted). Runners will receive their invitation via email and have two weeks from the qualifying race to complete the registration, including paying the entry fee. There are no deferments or transfers."
Gorge 100K Films
Check out Project Talaria's 2014 Gorge Waterfalls film: http://projecttalaria.com/2014/08/gorge-waterfalls-50100k-film/
Check out The Ginger Runner's 2014 Gorge Waterfalls film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YxYPpsP0fA
For more information go to www.rainshadowrunning.com.
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