COVID 19 Update
We finally got approval to put on 2021 Pigtails Challenge, YEAH!!!!! Our requirements at this time are all participants need to wear a Neck Buff and as soon as you leave the loop trail and enter the short out/back to the main aid station pull your buff up. Only runners and pacers will be allowed in the aid station area. Please ask all of your crew or family members to stay out of the food area. Delores James and I have all been vaccinated and will be dong the majority of the cooking. Only fully vaccinated volunteers will be allowed to cook or handle food/drink at the aid station. If you have been vaccinated please let us know. If not please try to start your vaccination 2 weeks prior to May 27th. If you haven't been vaccinated prior to the event we would appreciate that you get a covid test no earlier than 5/20/2021. Runners will not be allowed to put their hands in bowls of snacks. They will need to ask a volunteer to get what you desire. We will also give each participant/pacer 2 cups or 1 cup and 1 ziplock for drinks and snacks. The 1/2 way aid station will only have water and will be self serve. Please bring enough of your own with you or stock up at the main aid station.
These are all subject to change as well. Ester is working on a Covid safety plan right now. When she has it I will add it to this page
We dropped the 100k and 50k this year to limit the amount of runners and exposure risk to participants.
Pigtails Challenge registration opens December 1st! Terry & Delores Sentinella co-owners of Northwest Endurance Events were offered the opportunity to continue Van Phan's tradition of putting on a fun, not too technical, party like atmosphere race. We are looking forward to bringing the same atmosphere we aspire to in our other events, Baker Lake 25k/50k, Kill Bill's Oyster Dome Challenge, Last Chance Marathon & The Woolley Runs. We hope you too enjoy the race!
Welcome to the Pigtails Challenge! The Pigtails Challenge takes place at Lake Youngs Watershed which is a rolling loop with 900 feet of elevation gain per loop. While this is not considered a technical mountain race, however don’t be fooled, 900ft per loop adds up considerably ( ex. 100 milers do 10 loops x 900ft= 9,000ft vertical) This is an excellent course for those wishing to train in a very well supported race. If you’re looking to attempt a new and longer distance, such as a first 100 miler, register now. For hardcore types who want take a bite at a longer distance such as 150 or 200 miler and test their mental fortitude, this is the perfect race. Since this is a loop course, the option to throw in the towel always looms in the background. It will test your perseverance to carry on lap after lap when you could easily call it a day, pop blisters, get warm, eat and have a beer.
Date & Time of Events
200 Mile Race - Thursday, 6:00 am with a 82 hour cut off time
Local time: 3:03 AM
150 Mile Race - Friday, 6:00 am with a 58 hour cut off time
100 Mile Race - Saturday, 6:00 am with a 34 hour cut off time
100 Kilometer Race - Saturday, 6:00 am with a 34 hour cut off time
50 Kilometer Race - Sunday, 6:00 am with a 10 hour cut off time
All races start at 6:00 am. The cutoff times for all races is 4 pm on Sunday.