Last Team Standing
**The summer edition is a relay!**
Imagine a race that is open to all ability levels, designed to allow a pace conducive to socializing, yet also designed to challenge even the strongest of runners until there is only one runner left standing. Whether you are looking for a fun trail race to run with your friends or a race to push your limit and discover what you’re made of, this race is for you!
**The relay edition has the same course and countdown, but must be competed by teams of two. There are three categories: Men, Women and Mixed. Each lap must be completed within the time limit by a team member. The strategy on who runs each lap is left to the team's discretion. Each team member is eliminated separately, and the race continues until the second team member is eliminated. (The lap in which the first team member is eliminated will count as a completed lap.)
There will also be a competition (and special prizes!) for the fastest lap of the day for men and women.
Full aid station, finisher prizes, giveaways, pizza and homemade food provided.
Each runner will need to sign up individually and indicate their partner's name during registration. Also, $5 from every registration will go towards improving the trails of Japanese Gulch!
Race Overview Video
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What is the Gulch Countdown?
The Gulch Countdown is a simple 2.18 mile loop in the forests of Japanese Gulch. Surrounded by lush ferns, knobby trees dripping with moss, and giant cedars, the rolling hills of the Gulch give you the feel of the mountains without leaving the backyard of Mukilteo. The Gulch Countdown is a timed race, but not in the traditional sense.
How does it work?
The Gulch Countdown is run as a series of loops, with the first loop having a 32 minute cut-off. Those who finish ahead of the cutoff can use the remaining time for aid. All finishers within the cut-off then start the next loop together, running the next loop within 31 minutes. With each additional loop the cutoff is reduced by 1 min. After 12 loops - a marathon distance - loop times decrease by 30 seconds until only one runner remains – the Last Person Standing.
“The inverse proportionate race format is a brilliant and much more interesting twist on the Big Backyard style of racing. It allows for the perfect blend of endurance and speed and I hope that Abram has started a new trend!”
– Zach Szablewski (1st at Gulch Countdown, 19th at Western States 100)
Japanese Gulch Runners
Japanese Gulch Runners is a running club that started in January of 2017 by a group of friends who ran together regularly in Japanese Gulch in Mukilteo, WA. Our goal is to create a welcoming community for trail runners in Snohomish County.
Local time: 7:28 AM
We meet every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Boeing Fitness Center. Join our group on Strava and Facebook!
Club Leaders: Abram Elwell and Adam Braddock