Situated in the North Cascades National Park, the Ross Lake Rally offers a set of runs that blend early season mountain access, significant and moderate elevation, and spectacular trails along the shores of Ross Lake. After an initial evening dinner, orientation, and overnight at the Colonial Creek Campground runners are shuttled via water taxi to two respective starts and subsequently wander their way lakeside back to a well stocked basecamp finish.
After a boat taxi to the trailhead, runners climb 4,500’ climb up Desolation Peak. From this iconic lookout, runners are rewarded with expansive views of craggy peaks, snowy glaciers, and Ross Lake. From the summit it’s all downhill and rolling trail to a finish at Hwy 20.
This route takes follows the same line at the marathon until hwy 20. After an aid station their run continues up and over 4th of July Pass and into the Colonial Creek Campground finish.
The 25K runners get a similar boat taxi, but their not quite as far up the lake. Their run doesn't include Desolation, just the scenic lake side views of the North Cascades.
Running Gear: Each runner should come equipped with a personal running pack/vest, hydration system, water filtration, and personal snacks. Aspire has a selection of bars, gels, electrolytes etc. available, but we also encourage folks to bring foods that they are accustomed to for long runs. Running clothing should consist of a system that includes a wind/waterproof jacket and an insulative layer. Each runner is encouraged carry a water filtration system and a personal first aid kit to respond to blisters, chafing, and minor ailments.
Camping Gear: This course includes 1 night of camping. Required equipment includes: a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and camp clothing suitable for a spectrum of mountain weather. Camping equipment is available for rent with registration. Aspire will provide group shelter, heaters, a charging station, hot shower, and lively camp amenities.
Every year we have at least one runner who due to injury, illness, or personal/familial circumstances can not participate in their registered trip. While registrations can be transferred, Aspire does not issue refunds. See our FAQ's. We strongly encourage each runner to purchase 3rd party trip insurance that will reimburse the cost of registration in the event that you are unable to participate in the event.
Aspire courses are non-competitive runs that embrace the challenge and adventure of traveling in wild and scenic terrain. Each event operates in accordance with its respective wilderness land use designation and authorization. Course fees include: transportation, the safety net of a trail guide, and a post run celebratory meal. Check out our website for more information: www.AspireAdventureRunning.com
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