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The Beacon Rock 50k and 25k is one of the most unique party weekends among Rainshadow's family of destination races. Like all of our races, they offer a chance to get away and relax with family and friends, but with the added bonus of a grassy group camp we'll have all to ourselves. High vistas offer sweeping views of the Cascades - including Mt Hood and Mt Adams - and the entire Columbia River Gorge.
In 2016, both the 50k and 25k races, and the Kids 1k Fun Run, will be SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH. The 50k will start at 8 AM, with check-in at the start/finish from 6:45 AM-7:45 AM. The (free!) Kids 1k Fun Run will start at 9:45 AM, right before the 25k start at 10 AM. (25k check-in will start after the 50k runners get going at 8:05 AM.) FREE group camping Friday and Saturday nights!
These are family friendly races; if you have kids, bring them and let them enjoy the kid's fun run right before the start of the 25k race (around 9:45 AM). [Free online registration via UltraSignup, or day-of registration for the kids race during 25k check-in.]
Post-race, we'll all be hanging out at the finish, lying in the sun-warmed grass, drinking local beer and other tasty beverages, eating pizza and other great food, listening to live music from The Pine Hearts, and taking turns cruising down our homemade Slip N' Slide!
Both the 50k and 25k start and finish at the Beacon Rock State Park group campsite; the 50k is actually 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.
Can be found at www.RainshadowRunning.com. See you in the Gorge in June!
Local time: 3:07 PM