Cougar Mountain Marathon Race Info

Date

8/12/17

Avg Temps f.

78/57

Gain/Loss in ft

4650/4650

Furthest Aid

5.9 miles

Highest Elev.

~1600ft

Start

8:30am

Surface

Trail

Time Limit

Unknown

Sunrise/set

6:00am/8:26pm

Longest Climb

3.8 miles/800 feet

Summary: Part of a race series on Cougar Mountain, put on by the Seattle Running Club; throughout the summer both a short and long race are offered on the same day, both series gaining in distance and culminating in a 50k race in October. Popular trails just outside of Seattle, with lots of rollers as well as some harder climbs, and sections of smooth trail combined with technical, rocky, rooty and oftentimes muddy sections. A fun race series to be a part of throughout the year, as it’s popular among Seattle locals looking to race trails across all distances, and very well-organized with lots of support and volunteers who are all part of the local running community.

Race Details

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • The registration and start will be at the Sky Country Trailhead off of 166th Way SE (NOT at the Red Town trailhead).
  • Some steeper sections of trail you may have to walk
  • Still a challenging distance being on trails with a fair amount of elevation change

Elevation

Total gain/loss: 4650/4650

Total climbs:

1×885 feet over 1.9 miles from miles 9.5-11.4

1×800 feet over 3.8 miles from 16.3-20.1 (with 3 false summits along the way)

7 climbs of 200-500 feet

Longest climb: 1×800 feet over 3.8 miles from 16.3-20.1 (with 3 false summits along the way)

Steepest climb: 1×885 feet over 1.9 miles from miles 9.5-11.4 (lots of shorter, steep climbs along the way)

Elevation profile:

Aid stations

Total aid stations: 5

Furthest distance apart: ~5.9 miles

Locations: Approximately miles 5.9, 11.2, 14.6, 18.8, and 24

What’s available: Information unavailable on race website, but likely typical aid station fare such as water, electrolyte drink, coke, chips…minimal and basic

Crew access

Nothing official, crew could go down Clay Pit Road and see runners at aid stations #1, 4, and 5, which are miles 5.9, 18.8, and 24, and possibly see runners at other points depending on how far they want to go and which trails give them the best access.

Pacers

None

Race qualifiers

None

Race reports

http://www.sherrardewing.com/2014/08/14/race-report-combo-cougar-mountain-trail-run-series/

Strava activities and GPX files

https://www.strava.com/activities/364465042

Race Website

http://www.seattlerunningclub.org/Events/Cougar/cougarmtn1.html

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