The Elkhorn Crest 50 will take you along the Elkhorn Mountain ridgeline across sub-alpine forests and grasslands. The trail offers panoramic views of Baker Valley, the Wallowas, and the Blue Mountains. The race has an average elevation of over 7200ft, making it a one-of-a-kind ultra in Oregon. 11,000 ft of climbing and almost 12,000 ft of loss is packed into 53 miles. The course is a mix of smooth single track as well as rocky, technical sections. While the Elkhorn Crest Trail has minimal elevation change, there are sustained climbs and descents as you veer off the Crest Trail.
The event is cupless to minimize waste.
The Elkhorn Crest Marathon will start in the old mining town of Bourne Oregon following the same route as the 53 Miler, but continuing on to the finish after Aid Station 3. With a nice climb to/from the crest plus a loop around Summit lake, this marathon will not disappoint! There is roughly 5700 ft of elevation gain and 6300 ft of loss.
Due to the mountain environment, the following gear must be carried by every 53 mile runner at all times during the race (no exceptions): Ability to carry 1.5liters of fluid, jacket (i.e. Houdini), emergency blanket, headlamp with extra batteries. Marathoners need to have the ability to carry 1.5 liters of fluid; the rest is recommended, but not required.
No transfers to another runner. If you cancel your registration 30 days prior to the race, you will receive 50% credit towards next year's race. There is no refund if you cancel less than 30 days before the race. Your dollars go to the Baker City high school cross country/track team, which is the beneficiary of this event.
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