Registration has closed and there is no race day registration. In order for us to hold the race this year, we ask that runners come to the race alone this year. No spectators at the fairgrounds. This is a change from our previous minimum. Masks are required in outdoor public spaces where 6 feet cannot be maintained. So this will be an interesting year and a runners only race, but we will adapt!
We have been working behind the scenes with public health, USFS, City of Sumpter, our amazing volunteers and sponsors to be able to hold the race. Due to the nature of this event, we are able to make the necessary changes to follow state, local, and CDC guidelines. There will be some changes, but we feel we are still able to provide the experience through the Elkhorns that we have all come to love. Thank you for your patience and support during this challenging time.
Shuttles are a go! Masks must be worn and spatial seating required. We will have a couple buses to spread out. 53 milers and 50K runners will go at different times this year.
Participants/Volunteers are required to monitor symptoms for 2 weeks before race day and monitor temperature 1 week before race day. There will be a temperature check at bib pick up and an additional waiver required to participate.
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. 10,500 ft of climbing and almost 11,000 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 50K 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, a trip out to Lost Lake, a loop around Summit lake, this 50K will not disappoint! There is roughly 6500 ft of elevation gain and 7100 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. 50Kers need to have the ability to carry 1.5 liters of fluid; the rest is recommended, but not required. *For 2020, all runners are required to carry a buff/face covering (for going through aid stations, the shuttle, and the start line)*
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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