The Yakima Skyline 50K takes place outside of Ellensburg, WA near the Umtanum Creek Recreation Area on Canyon Rd. On the eastern side of the Cascade mountains, this out and back course is located in a beautiful high desert, rainshadow region of the area. The race is exposed, hot, and dry! And with nearly 10,000 feet of elevation gain, it's a tough 50K that some have described feels more like a 50 miler. Expect stunning views of the canyon and of the Yakima river below as well as views of Mt Rainier and the Cascades off in the distance. There are quad burning climbs, screaming downhills, and rolling ridgelines along fields of wildflowers.
Runners will see three aid stations along the course, including one that is a raft-in only stop. There will also be a water and electrolyte only aid station on the ridge. Because of the remoteness of this course and temperatures during the day, we require that all runners carry 32 oz of water. Runners will have 9 hours to complete the course.
Registration and Price
Registration for the Yakima Skyline Rim 50K will open on August 27th, 2019. The 50K is $115 and cost includes free wood-fired pizza, snacks, local craft beer as well as a live band for all runners, volunteers, and friends/family.
We do not offer finisher medals at any of our races, but instead choose to spend that money on providing a one-of-a-kind post race celebration. Runners, volunteers, and their friends/family get all the wood-fired pizza, local craft beer, snacks and other non alcoholic drinks they want and we always bring in a band to provide free live music at the finish line! We strive to create a sense of community where people want to hang out, cheer on their fellow runners, and share trail stories. Our finish line will be just as festive when the last runners cross the finish line as when the winners come through.
There is free dispersed camping at the start/finish area. This is limited to tents and vans/small RVs. There are no hook-ups or showers, but we will have portable toilets set up.
We host races throughout the year (12 weekends total) so be sure to check out our website for a complete list of all the races we offer and check out the Yakima Skyline 50K race page for all the juicy details about race day! www.rainshadowrunning.com
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