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Because restrictions were lifting, we added 25 more entries to 100 in each race - meaning 100 50k runners and 100 10 milers. When we reach that point, a wait list is started. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Keep updated on virus restrictions. Our events are planned to be in line with local, state and federal best practics.
2021: Trail Sister Approved!
While running can seem to be egalitarian and accessible to all, that is not necessarily the case. We have always tried to treat everyone alike at our events, and realize those attempts may not make it so. We are happy to be Trail Sister Approved, which means that we have promised to abide by certain minimum standards, and strive to go above and beyond. Trail Sisters Approved is a standard to identify and promote races who abide by standards. These standards were developed and set forth by a team of women trail racers. These standards are a starting point, as there is much more that can be added, but the goal is to start moving forward and making progress. While we have always have had Equal Podium Spots, Equal Prize Money & Awards, we are making special efforts to offer Women’s specific swag & apparel, Menstrual products at aid stations and Equal opportunity/space for women on the starting line. For more information, contact us and visit the Trail Sister website, https://calendar.trailsisters.net/trail-sisters-approved/
In 2019, the biggest fields in the 10th running of the Vashon Island Ultramarathon & Trail run enjoyed perfect weather and immaculately groomed trails on Saturday, June 1, 2019, with conditions and competition leading to new course records in the 50k (31 miles) and 10 mile runs.
The 50k was won by Vashon-born-and-raised Christine Mosley (Issaquah) and Seattle's Ben Brown in 4:20 and 3:23, respectively, both in personal best times.
Mosley was followed in by Mary Robbins of Puyallup and Yvonne Naughton of La Conner rounding out the podium in 4:49:02. The first Vashon finisher was Zoe Marzluff in a personal best of 5:42:09.
Vashon's Graham Peet ran much of the race battling Brown, finishing in 3:40:18 (personal best), followed by Vashon's Christopher Walker in 4:06:57.
The 50k had an unheard-of finishing rate of 97%, as 61 runners completed the course.
In the 10 Mile race, both men's and women's course records fell. The men's course record, set by Graham Peet as an 18 year old, was broken by the first two runners, Sam Peckham from Poulsbo and Keith Laverty of Bainbridge Island. As the two battled throughout the race, Peckham pulled ahead in the final miles to finish in 60:21, followed closely by Laverty in 62:05. 19 year old Jacob Tomer of Bainbridge Island rounded out the mens podium in 69:00. The first Vashon finisher was Nate Robinson in 1:18:12.
The women's winner had a bit more breathing room. Amy Schmitz of Bainbridge Island broke the year-old record by winning in 1:19:06, with Phaedra Branom and Danielle Harrington filling the women's podium in 1:30:17 and 1:32:42. The first Vashon finisher was Erika Ellison in 1:44:41. The 10 Mile run had also had a great 100% finishing rate.
The 50k's "Red Lantern" award was once again claimed by 81 year-old Bob Norton, raised on Vashon and living in Huntington Beach, California, finishing the 50k in 9:33. Norton said "Once again, I had more fun for longer than anyone else."
Where does the course go?
The 50k and 10 mile races will embark from the same start line/finish line located at Vashon’s Bone Factory at the corner of SW 188th and 103rd SW. The first 1/2 mile will be dirt road, then taking runners into Island Center Forest’s Gateway Trail system.
Turning left, runners will get their first exposure to the Gateway Trail – one of the newest additions to ICF’s trail system. Runners will briefly exit the park and navigate around the perimeter of Dragons Head Cider Farm, and then quickly re-enter the park to pass Mukai pond.
From the 115th parking lot, all runners will exit the north end of the park and run a short paved section of 115th out to Bank Road. At this point, runners will cross Bank Road and run down the grass shoulder of 115th to the entrance to Fisher Pond Preserve. Runners will then turn west into the beautiful Fisher Pond Preserve trail system. Runners will circle the pond (approx. a 1-mile loop), exit the nature preserve, re-cross Bank Road and navigate south back into the Island Center Forest.
Once back in the forest the real fun begins. The remainder of the loop will be on single track trail and runners will experience the majority of what Island Center Forest has to offer. As usual the course will be clearly marked – but runners should remain alert just the same. The course will basically travel the perimeter of the park, crossing occasionally to create a large figure eight ending up back at the Bone Factory, where the 10 milers will finish and the 50k runners will head back out on Gateway Trail for two more loops.
Aid stations will be located at miles 5 and 10. 50k runners will pass each aid station 3 times.
What is the terrain like?
This rolling race course will include primarily single track and double track park trails, with some dirt roads, gravel driveways, grass shoulders and short sections of paved road.
The elevation change is less than 750 feet per loop (exact elevation for the entire 50k to be provided soon). Though don’t let that fool you – while generally short in distance, there are some nice steep hills in the mix on this course. Very little of this course qualifies as flat.
Technically the trails are mostly well groomed and free of obstacles and hazards. That said there are sections of the trail where footing will be challenged by roots, downed logs, or quick turns and sharp changes in elevation. Staying alert is important.
Will the course be closed to the public?
No. Runners will be running on both public and private land. While the Vashon Island Ultramarathon & Trail run has permits and permission for all properties that runners will be accessing and crossing – those permits and permissions do not include exclusive use of those trails. Runners should be aware of their surroundings and should anticipate encountering equestrians, pedestrians and bicyclists. Please be courteous and review the Vashon Island Ultramarathon Trail Rules for trail etiquette. Also when crossing and running on paved roads runners should yeild to all motorized vehicle traffic.
The Vashon Island Ultramarathon & Trail Run course map and detailed description will be emailed to runners in the week prior to race. Thanks for your patience!
Local time: 1:15 PM