A 50-mile microcosm of the Pacific Northwest.
For most runners, traveling to this race involves a ferry ride and a drive down US 101. It’s hard to get more Northwest than that — unless, of course, you throw in a run through big, damp mountains and some IPAs.
Welcome to the Olympic Mountains 50-Miler, a celebration of summertime in the Northwest.
Friday, June 7
3:00pm — Camping area opens
Saturday, June 8
5:30am-6:45am — Check-in and bib pick-up*
6:50am — Mandatory pre-race brief
7:00am — Start
7:00pm — Cutoff (12 hours)
5:00pm — Awards, successes and stories
3:00pm-10:00pm — Post-race festivities
Sunday, June 9
10:00am — You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here (Camping area closes)
*In order to check in, you MUST present a photo ID. No one may pick up your bib for you. No exceptions.
You’ll start next to Leland Lake at 200’ above sea level and grind your way up to nearly 5,800’. The high point of the course, a turn-around at the Buckhorn Wilderness boundary, offers huge views across the eastern slope of the Olympic range. (Keep an eye out for a camera — take a picture to prove you made it to the top!) Along the way, you’ll be treated to big pines and cedars, rhododendrons in full bloom, a river named after a crab, and peaks still holding snow. The quintessential, gear-laden NW hiker will probably be out there, too.
Just like the Pacific Northwest, this 50-mile race tends to understate itself: it’s more like a 52-mile race. For an interactive map, head over to CalTopo.
The 50M covers approximately 13,500’ of ascent and descent, with a high point of 5,781’. The final 16 miles, from Mt. Townsend to the Finish, are all downhill and very runnable. Get ready to move!
The course is comprised of 53% single track, 45% fire road, and 2% paved road. While we thoroughly mark the course with ribbons and signs, runners are responsible for knowing and finding their own way. Therefore, we HIGHLY recommend that runners familiarize themselves with this turn sheet and bring a copy to the race. You cannot be too prepared.
Runners can expect welcoming and well-stocked aid stations at Everlong events. We’ll have water, Tailwind, and an assortment of foods — sweet, salty, hearty, etc. Our aid statoins are cupless, so bring something with which to drink.
Directions to Start
Plenty of parking, including spots for camper vans, is available at the Start/Finish area. When you arrive, follow the parking signs and, please, drive slowly. We are on private property and do not want to tear up the ground.
Pacers, Crew & Spectators
Primarily because of a limited supply of trailhead parking throughout Olympic National Forest, pacers are not allowed at this event.
Runners may have a small crew, meaning one car, visit them at the Dungeness River (mile 24.2) or Royal Creek aid stations (mile 30.1). One car only — we cannot emphasize this enough. Olympic National Forest is a popular summer destination, and many of the trailheads runners will cross will be packed throughout the day. We do not want to prevent others from enjoying the trails.
Crew support is limited to within 50 feet of the Dungeness River and Royal Creek aid stations — the closer, the better. Further, crews may not help their runners outside of these aid stations. Doing so may jeopardize our permit with the National Forest and, therefore, is cause for disqualification.
We love spectators — the more, the better! It’ll be a family-friendly scene at the finish line, so all are welcome, all day long. Details on the post-race festivities are below.
For spectators who want to see their runner on the course, please read the “Crew” note above.
Although it pains us to say this, dogs are not permitted at this event.
Drop bags should be closed securely, no larger than a shoebox, and labeled with your (1) name and (2) bib number. Bib numbers will be loaded to UltraSignup a few days before the race. (We’ll have markers, index cards and tape at the start, too.) While we will take great care of your drop bag, please do not put anything fragile or perishable inside.
The contents of unclaimed bags will be donated to Seattle-area running groups!
Dungeness River (Mile 24.2)
Runners may have a drop bag at the Dungeness River (mile 24.2) aid station. A word of caution, though: the round-trip drive to/from Dungeness River is slightly more than two hours, so we can’t make multiple drop bag return trips. All bags will be returned once the last runner with a drop bag passes through — potentially 6-8 hours after the start.
We may have drop bag pick-up available on Sunday, the day after the race, in Seattle. This would be for runners who want a bag at Dungeness River but are unable to wait for its return. Check back here for details.
Finish (Mile 52.4)
All runners are welcome to leave a drop bag at the finish line. We’ll keep them out of the weather.
All finishers will receive a “thank you” award for joining us.
Starting around 3:00pm, we’ll have food, music and an assortment of NW beers available at the finish line.
PHOTOS & RESULTS
Check back after the event, please.
Feel free to email the RD, Colin, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to talk all things trail.