A 50-kilometer 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 50K, a celebration of summertime in the Northwest.
Friday, September 13
3:00pm — Camping area opens
Saturday, September 14
5:30am-6:45am — Check-in and bib pick-up*
7:50am — Mandatory pre-race brief
8:00am — Start
6:00pm — Cutoff (10 hours)
5:00pm — Awards, successes and stories
3:00pm-8:00pm — Post-race festivities
Sunday, September 15
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 at a retired rock quarry at 2,600’ above sea level and grind your way to 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.
For an interactive map, head over to CalTopo.
The 50K will throw approximately 8,800’ of ascent and descent at you, about half of which is in one climb to the high point of 5,800’. The middle-third of the race is a consistent downhill slope, followed by another climb to get you up-and-over to the finish. Get ready to dig!
Runners can expect welcoming and well-stocked aid stations. 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.
The course is a lush mix of 74% single-track and 26% fire road.
Directions to Start
The race starts and ends at a retired quarry inside Olympic National Forest, about 25 minutes from Quilcene, WA. Our course map includes driving directions, shown in blue, from US 101. Here are turn-by-turn directions from 101.
Head west on Lords Lake Loop Road for approximately 3.4 miles
At Lords Lake, turn LEFT onto Little Quilcene Road (FS Road 28). Go straight for approximately 5.4 miles
You’ll come to a fork in the road. Take a SLIGHT RIGHT onto FS Road 2810. Go straight for 3.2 miles
Turn LEFT on FS Road 2810-070. The parking area will be 0.4 miles down this road
We will mark the turns from 101 to the starting area with balloons or a similarly obvious object. Be sure to factor ferry departure times into your trip!
Plenty of parking, including spots for camper vans, is available at the Start/Finish area. When you arrive, please follow the parking signs and proceed cautiously.
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 Rhodies (mile 16.6) or Deadfall (mile 21.7) aid stations. 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 aid station — 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.
Runners are encouraged to prepare a drop back for AS #2, Rhodies, which is at mile 16.6 — about halfway. Please mark your drop bag with your name and bib number. We’ll post bib numbers to UltraSignup about a week before the event. Drop bags should be sealed tightly and no larger than a shoebox. While we’ll do our best to take great care of them, please do not place anything fragile (like glass) inside your drop bag.
All finishers will receive a modest “thank you” for joining us. In addition, we'll also recognize the top female and male finishers in two age categories: "Open" (0-39) and "Masters" (40+).
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.