The 2020 Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series will be postponed one month due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will now be June-September instead of May-August. We will keep all entrants in the distance she/he registered for and will transfer the participants to the new dates.
It is important to us to offer a 100% refund policy in these uncertain times. We will huddle with King County Parks on May 1st. On that day we will either a) confirm the June-September series can proceed or b) cancel the June-September series and issue 100% refunds to everyone registered. We will not further delay the races nor decide to only hold some of the events. If we can proceed with the series with the May 1st decision, we will begin purchasing all the supplies, sanctions, etc. to hold the races. After May 1st, we will switch to a policy of runner’s choice of either a) 75% refund or b) 100% credit towards a future Cougar Mountain or Bridle Trails race.
Here is the new schedule for the Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series:
Saturday, June 13, 2020. 5.1 & 10.8 mile: 9:00 a.m. Start.
Saturday, July 11, 2020. 8.2 & 14.5 mile + 5 km: 9:00 a.m. Start (5 km + 10min).
Saturday, August 8, 2020. 10.8 & 19.5 mile + 5 km: 9:00 a.m. Start (5 km + 10min).
Saturday, September 5, 2020. 14.5 & 26.2 mile + 5 km: 8:30 a.m. Start (5 km + 10min).
Please note the September date is the first Saturday of the month to avoid a conflict with the Northwest Trail Runs Middle Fork event. Also, please note the October 25th Cougar race is outside the series and will proceed as planned at this time. We can also offer a 100% refund policy for all October race registrations completed before September 18th.
If you are like us, you are daydreaming about Sky Country. The chatter, the familiar faces, the competition, the Kolsch. We are even nostalgic for porta-potty lines. With full hearts and fingers crossed, we hope to welcome you to Sky Country in June.
Thanks to runners like you, the Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series has raised over $170,000 for King County Parks and contributed many hundreds of hours of trail work. Join Seattle Running Club and Northwest Trail Runs in carrying this legacy forward and making this 14th annual event bigger and better than ever!
Just 15 minutes from Seattle, King County's Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is one of the most popular training grounds for area trail runners and the Seattle Running Club. The course builds on itself throughout the series and brings runners through a lush forest of fern-lined single-track trails, over hills and along marshes and wetland habitats. This is a great series to supplement the training regime for a fall marathon or ultra. Cougar Mountain features rolling hills, a few moderate climbs and a few steep but short inclines.
The summer Short Series and Long Series races are held the 2nd Saturday of May, June, July, and August. The Fall races are held on the last Sunday in October. Series standings are updated after each month's races and everyone competing in each successive distance is eligible for Series awards. There is a participant cap and the races tend to sell out, so register early!5,000
SRC Member Discounts
Special discount code for 20% off races (Code: SRC20) available to current SRC members. We will be checking member numbers, so be honest.
A Greener Event: No Cups!
Again, this year the series is continuing to reduce the amount of trash created during the event. In 2019, we ask that runners bring a refillable water container with them on the trail to use at aid stations along the way. Our friends at Shoes-n-Feet, Seven Hills Running, and Fleet Feet Sports Seattle have a variety of hydration products.
No Dogs Please.
Very important announcement: Dogs are not allowed on the course due to USATF Sanctioning and
Local time: 12:11 PM
Insurance Requirements. Despite the parks policy on dogs on leash being acceptable, USATF
has determined dogs on course cause a potentially unsafe environment for
participants and spectators. We love our dogs and remember Scott's dog Jack attending Cougar
races for years and years. But we want to continue hosting races for years to come and need
to abide by the USATF rules.