The Gorge Has Teeth
This race will take place on Saturday August 3rd, 2019. Registration will open January 5th, 2019. Both the 50K and 25K start and finish at the Beacon Rock State Park group campsite. The 50K is two loops of the 25K course. For this run, you'll cover all the best trails in Beacon Rock State Park, including Hardy Ridge, Hardy Creek, and Hamilton Mountain. From Hamilton Mountain you'll have great views of the Cascades (especially Mt Hood and Mt Adams) and the entire Columbia River Gorge. The 25K gains about 3700 feet, with two big climbs - Hardy (mostly gradual) and Hamilton (mostly steep) - and two long downhills. The 50K gains about 7500 feet and, as its two loops of the 25K, takes you up each climb and down each descent twice. The trails, with the notable exception of the steep climbs, are generally very runnable and in great condition. There's a bit of pavement at the beginning and end of each 25K loop.
You'll have 9 hours for the 50K; 7 hours for the 25K. For the 50K, there will be five full aid stations (Hardy Ridge at miles 5.5, 11.8, 21.0, and 27.3, and the Group Site at mile 15.5). You'll have drop bag access at mile 15.5 only.
For the 25K, you'll have two full aid stations (Hardy Ridge at miles 5.5 and 11.8). NO DROP BAGS FOR THE 25K.
Summer Camp for Adults
All of Rainshadow Running's races are fun, but we take it to a new level at Beacon Rock. The start/finish is set at a group campsite with enough free camping for everyone! We kick things off Friday evening with a group BBQ/potluck, a bit of running on Saturday (your choices-25K or 50K), and then when you come across the finish line, we will have cold craft beer and all the wood-fired pizza you can eat. We will break out the slip 'n slide, set out lawn games, and sprawl out on the grass in the sunshine, cheering our fellow runners to the finish. You can expect a bonfire and a late night jam session before crawling home to your tent. Hope to see you at the summer party!
Can be found at www.RainshadowRunning.com. See you in the Gorge in August!
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