With beautiful Pacific NW courses, exceptional support and authentic post-race celebration, 'The Burn' is a lively springtime event that brings old and new friends together. The 50 Mile race will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 and the 50K race on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Both races start and finish at historic Reehers Camp in the lush and rugged Tillamook State Forest, halfway between Portland and the Oregon Coast. Prepare for rumbling waterfalls, brisk stream crossings and a million shades of green, as brilliant spring foliage, fiddleheads and blossoms line every inch of the course.
The mountainous, temperate Tillamook Rainforest in Northwestern Oregon is steeped in history, most notably, the legendary “Tillamook Burn” forest fires that consumed 355,000 acres of colossal old growth forest from 1933-1951. One of the largest tree replanting campaigns in human history led to the formation of the Tillamook State Forest in 1974. Today, a lush second-growth forest thrives here, offering dozens of miles of exceptional single-track trails for us to enjoy, while showcasing hundreds of massive, emblematic “grey ghost” snags and charred stumps-- enduring relics of the vast old growth rainforest that reigned here prior to the Tillamook Burn.
The Tillamook Burn 50 miler is a springtime gem and the perfect kick start to your mountain/ultra/trail running season. It is a deeply forested two-pronged out-and-back course, run almost entirely on singletrack trail. The structure of the course and accessibility for crew also make this a wonderfully social and well-supported race.
The route straddles the Oregon Coast Range mountain divide starting from Reehers Camp down to the Hwy 6 recreation corridor and back, involving 8700 ft. of ascent and 8700 ft. of descent. There are 8 aid stations along the course and a generous 14 hour overall time limit.
The trails are hilly, twisty and generally soft with great footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots, as well as some long climbs and descents. Runners will cross many small rushing streams, pass by some beautiful waterfalls, enjoy miles and miles of remote creekside trail and get some nice territorial views.
The Tillamook Burn 50K is a beautifully tough, heavily forested out-and-back course, run almost entirely on singletrack trail. The route traverses the Oregon Coast Range mountain divide from Reehers Camp to University Falls and back, involving 31.8 miles, 7000 ft. of ascent and 7000 ft. of descent. There are 5 full aid stations along the course and a generous 9 hour time limit.
The trails are quite hilly with a generally soft dirt surface offering great footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots, as well as some long climbs and descents. Runners will cross many small rushing streams, pass by multiple waterfalls, enjoy miles and miles of remote creekside trail and some nice territorial views.
TRAIL WORK CONTRIBUTION!
We believe ultramarathoners should regularly give back to the trails, and we hope you do as well. In an effort to encourage greater trail work participation within the wider ultrarunning community, and in recognition of the sport's considerable demand and reliance on public lands, all 50 mile race entrants (50K participants encouraged) will need to contribute 4 hours at any organized trail work party. An acceptable alternative is volunteering 6 hours of volunteering at any official ultramarathon event. Dates of completion must be between August 1, 2018 and April 15, 2019 and take place on a National Forest, State Forest or other major public land. It should not be a challenge to make this contribution to your trail community within the allotted time frame.
Proof of your volunteer time shall be in the form of a photo/selfie taken during your volunteer work (you must appear in the photo). The photo may either be emailed to the Race Director or posted on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) with Daybreak Racing tagged in the photo. Include your location and description of work. Make it fun!
We believe this policy is a reasonable expectation of all 50 mile entrants. We will host at least one trail work party in the spring that will fulfill this requirement, and we would love your participation - Our trail work date this year will be March 30th, from 9:30am-2pm at Gales Creek Campground. RSVP here: http://nw-trail.org/events/trail-mix-a-tillamook-forest-spring-clean-up/.
About Daybreak Racing
Daybreak Racing presents unique Pacific NW trail running races including Tillamook Burn, Backcountry Rise and Wy'east Howl. Our goal is to share some of our area's most beautiful trails and reward your effort with friends, food, music and memories.
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