Welcome to the majestic Mt. Margaret Backcountry, rising from the ashes of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens! With its sapphire lakes, rugged, toothy peaks, and wildflower-blanketed slopes, the Mt. Margaret Backcountry provides an unforgettably unique and stunning trail race experience. The power and resilience of Mother Nature is truly on full display here in the backcountry.
The Backcountry Rise Trail Runs include three different challenging and remote single-loop trail courses: a 50K, a 20 miler and a half marathon. All races start and finish at the magnificent Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center, perched on the slopes above Coldwater Lake in full view of the Mt. St. Helens blast zone. Each race offers stunning ridgeline views of the surrounding Cascade volcanoes, serene mountain lakes, rushing creeks and abundant wildlife including resident mountain goats, elk, deer, cougar and many more.
Video: Pursuit Films / Music: Johnny Bertram
Daybreak Racing loves to give back to the community and each of our races has a beneficiary. The Backcountry Rise beneficiary is the Mt. St. Helens Institute.
Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center
The Backcountry Rise will have exclusive use of the MSH Science & Learning Center for race weekend, designed originally as an observatory! The Science & Learning Center staff have graciously allowed the race to offer car camping in their large parking lot for participants the night before the race. There is also walk-in field camping overlooking Coldwater Lake a short distance from the parking lot that has limited sites, which are first come, first served. The Science & Learning Center has plenty of indoor space, running water, flush toilets, a kitchen and indoor/outdoor dining area where post-race meals will be served.
Friday evening from 6pm-8pm we will host a spaghetti dinner for participants inside the Science & Learning Center!
The 50K is on Saturday, August 29th has a race day start time of 7:00AM. The course is very challenging and remote with some rugged sections, and is not a beginner's 50K. It consists of one epic clockwise loop on 99% backcountry singletrack, offering big climbs, sweeping descents and breathtaking views along the entire route.
Total elevation gain is 8,000ft and loss is 8,000ft. This is a tough course with much of the route being very remote. Three aid stations are offered.
The 20 miler is on Sunday, August 30th and has a race day start time of 8:00AM. The course consists of one big clockwise loop, complete with breathtaking views along the entire route.
Total elevation gain is 4,800ft and loss is 4,800ft. Approximately 98% of the course is on single-track trails. This is a very challenging course with some sections being very remote. The course has two full aid stations.
50K Required Experience & Gear
Due to the remote nature and distance between some aid stations on the 50K course, prior experience and certain gear is required.
Completion of at least one trail 50K prior to race day. During registration, you will be prompted to enter a finish result of any race distance 50K or longer (Ironman or other significant endurance race also qualifies).
> Capacity to carry 40 oz of hydration or more
> Weather-resistant lightweight jacket
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.
Adventure begins at Daybreak.
If you must cancel your registration more than 30 days prior to the race, you can opt for a 50% credit toward a future Daybreak Racing race, redeemable within one year of issuance -- there are no refunds. If your cancellation is 30 days or less from race day, there is no credit, no refund, or transfer -- no exceptions. Please note there are no transfers to other runners.Thank you for your attention to this.
Local time: 5:24 AM
In the event that the race is forced to be cancelled for any reason and cannot be rescheduled (such as severe weather, forest fire, storm damage, etc.), all affected registrants will have the option of receiving a partial refund or a credit, which can be applied toward any Daybreak Racing event with no expiration.
Race registration add-on purchases (shirts, hats, etc.) must be picked up at race day check-in (or packet pick-up event when applicable). Volunteers will have all runner's registration information and will distribute pre-ordered shirts at this time. Remaining shirts and other items not picked up by the time the race starts will be re-sold when our merchandise table opens on race day. No refunds will be issued for any reason regarding pre-ordered race shirts, hats and other add-ons. These items will also not be shipped. Thank you for your understanding.