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.

 

Event Essentials

Distance: 52.4 miles

Elevation Gain/(Loss): 13,500’/(13,500’)

Start: 7:00am

Aid Stations: 7

Cutoff: 7:00pm

Course Map: 50M

Download GPX: 50M

Cost: $52.43 ($1 per mile for the inaugural run!)

Stewardship Partner: Washington Trails Association

 
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SCHEDULE

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.


COURSE MAP

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.

 

Olympic Mountains 50M course map - complete with 2.4 bonus miles!

 

ELEVATION PROFILE

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!

 

Olympic Mountains 50M elevation profile — 13,500’ of climb

 

TURN SHEET

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.

 

AID STATIONS

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.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Directions to Start

The race starts and ends at the Lake Leland Amphitheater at 322 Munn Road, Quilcene, WA. Be sure to factor ferry departure times into your trip!

Parking

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

Pacers

Primarily because of a limited supply of trailhead parking throughout Olympic National Forest, pacers are not allowed at this event.

Crew

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.

Spectators

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.

Furry Friends

Although it pains us to say this, dogs are not permitted at this event.

Drop Bags

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.


AWARDS

All finishers will receive a “thank you” award for joining us.


POST-RACE FESTIVITIES

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.


QUESTIONS?

Feel free to email the RD, Colin, at colin@everlongendurance.com. We’re happy to talk all things trail.