Coyote Wall Trail Races - COVID-19 Waitlist
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: The Coyote Wall Trail Races have been placed on a waitlist status pending Klickitat County reopening status. This means registrants will not be charged until we know the events will take place.This is a difficult time for everyone, and we are on the third re-writing of our operating plan. We will also be limiting the number of participants in each race to 50 runners.
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Currently, Klickitat County is in Phase II of the State of Washington’s reopening plan. The County will need to be at a Phase III status before we can meaningfully put on this event. If that is not the case by October 1st, which is 30 days from race weekend, we will cancel the 2020 Coyote Wall Trail Races. Even if Klickitat County enters Phase III by that date, if any significant safety, ethical, and/or COVID-related financial or logistical barriers remain, we will also cancel the 2020 Coyote Wall Trail Races.
Thank you for your patience. This is a good opportunity for us here at Wonderland Running to reflect on the privilege of being able to race, and the burdens and barriers that many would-be participants face because of the pandemic, racial and social injustice, and other matters that carry far greater weight than the cancellation of a race ever will.
Wonderland Running is very excited to announce the second running of two beautiful, challenging trail races in the iconic Columbia River Gorge: The Coyote Wall 55K and 25K!
The 55K will take place Saturday, October 31st, 2020 and the 25K will take place on Sunday, November 1st, 2020. The 55K has 8,200’ feet of climb, while the 25K features 4,000’ of climb, all on breathtaking trails with sweeping vistas. The races are grand and thoughtfully crafted tours of this unique Cascade rainshadow ecosystem, with minimal amounts of repeated trails. Mount Hood’s imposing volcanic pyramid looms large over much of the course, while other parts of the course flow between Douglas fir forest, oak savanna, and grasslands with seemingly endless viewscapes of the Columbia River Gorge.
This is a rugged, sometimes technical, and fairly steep course that will challenge even the most seasoned trail runners. Due to steep climbs and technical terrain, these are not considered beginner’s courses, and runners are therefore strongly encouraged to have prior trail running experience. However, with a 9½ hour cutoff for the 55K and a 5½ hours for the 25K, adequately prepared trail runners of all speeds will be able to finish.
New for this year: finisher's awards, and warm, yummy finish line food!!! Don't worry, there will still be plenty of old-school, fat-ass style vibe... you just get some things with it this time!
Mark your calendars for what promises to be a magical and memorable trail running weekend in our beloved Columbia River Gorge! I hope to see you out there for these Autumnal adventures!!!!!
Ancestral lands of the Klickitat people.