mt hood 50 race report

Race: Mt Hood 50 Mile

Runner: Delaney H

Race Date: 07/14/2018

Location: Clackamas Lake Ranger Station, OR

Results: http://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=49876

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

The course is unbelievably beautiful, which is very well marked. It is also very well run and super well supported. The volunteers are AMAZING.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

This is a double out-and-back course, so if you’re not in the right head space, it could be easy to drop at mile 28 when you pass through the start/finish area.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

Elvis was working at an aid station. It was awesome.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I love pretty much everything about this race! The course is not super technical and very runnable. Aid stations were well stocked and the volunteers absolutely made me feel like a rockstar. The aid stations are well placed, so it’s never that far to the next one. It was hot and there were ice sponge baths available at the start/finish/mile 28. I met so many truly wonderful people, won a raffle prize (massage ball), and basically had a spectacular experience!

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Pace yourself! It’s easy to get caught up in the magic of the course as there’s a beautiful view and trail that is soft and runable. It’s easy to get going too fast. The harder stuff comes in the last 20 miles or so when the day is hotter. Save something for the back half. The last 5 miles or so is downhill (except the very end), so if your legs have anything left, you can fly.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Fuel and hydrate early and often.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

It gets pretty hot, though most of it is shaded. It’s not uncommon to encounter bees. You’ll also come across lots of hikers as this is on the PCT. Save something for the last 20 miles. It’s easy to get carried away in the first 30.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

So pretty!!!

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Not particularly tough. I think about 5300 ft of vert. Not very technical. Very runnable.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

This event is very well organized. The RDs are amazing and they have thought of all the details. I would recommend any Go Beyond event.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

The short answer is yes. However, this race is a lottery so the level of competition kind of varies from year to year.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

It’s a lottery. The lottery opens in January or February and I believe they draw 150 names and there’s a waitlist. It’s about 1.5-2 hours from Portland, so no problem finding a place to stay. There are also some smaller but closer towns in which to stay. Carpooling is encouraged and incentivized. There is no cell reception at the race, so download or print out what you need ahead of time.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Fully stocked at each one with a full range of salty and sweet. I cannot speak highly enough of the volunteers. They were all SO fantastic!

Weather and typical race conditions

Hot.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?

Stay hydrated. I would suggest a pack or handheld.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

There are not tons of places for spectators, but the start/finish area is also an aid station, so that’s where you can catch your runner.

How’s the Swag?

T-shirts are offered for sale. They have cool stickers and raffle prizes. Finishers get a pint glass…and glory. There is beer and cider at the finish. There’s also a hearty meal.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

Five stars (out of 5). I highly recommend this race. It would be just a perfect first timer’s 50 miler.