Orcas Island (Moran State Park), WA

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Gain/Loss in ft


ft/mile gain


Highest Elev.





Road & Trail

Time Limit

9 hours



Furthest Aid

8.2 miles


Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • Cupless race – bring your own cup/water bottle for liquids at aid stations and post-race
  • You will need a DISCOVER PASS to park in Moran State Park. Any runners who are staying overnight in the bunkhouses do not need a Discover Pass as it’s included in your overnight fee.
  • It is highly recommended that you make a ferry reservation for your trip.  They sail less frequently in the winter and certain sailing times WILL sell out. Follow this link to book your trip via Washington State Ferries:
  • Road running for the first ~3.5 miles as you head up the first climb of the day, about 1600 feet, which makes the climb more runnable, but still, you start out with a big climb
  • Typical Rainshadow run – fairly difficult course with lots of climbing, beautiful views (if weather permits), some aid but not tons, well-organized, and a good race atmosphere with other runners
  • Weather in February in the PNW – expect to be wet with minimal sun!
  • Fairly easy to find lodging nearby – see race website for more details
  • Have proper trail shoes – be ready for slick mud and rocks
  • Do your downhill training! Quads will be trashed by the end
  • Miles 5-9 of the course are fairly runnable
  • Miles 12.5-14.5 is a fast, wide, runnable downhill trail, followed immediately by a steep uphill – a tough transition to make
  • Miles 15.5-19ish are again, nice and runnable, until you reach aid station 3 (20.3) and the Power Line section
  • Power Line climb is 1600 feet from miles ~19-21.2 and is probably the hardest climb on the course (at least according to race reports) and the make or break section in the race. If you’ve got the legs to power hike this climb and still keep it together, you’re in a good place
  • Downhill off the power line climb is again fairly runnable
  • Steep set of switchbacks up the final climb to Mt. Constitution
  • Some steep, rocky, technical downhill stretches in the final 6 miles down from Mt. Constitution to the finish


Total gain/loss: 8400/8400

Ft/mile gain: ~271

Total climbs: 6 major climbs

~1600ft miles 0-3.6, ~750ft miles 9-10.4, ~500ft miles 11.6-12.1, ~750ft miles 14.3-15.4, ~1600ft miles 19-21.2, ~1000ft miles 23.2-24.4

Longest climb: 1600ft miles 0-3.6

Steepest climb: 1000ft miles 23.2-24.4 (all but the first climb have a similar grade)

Course Map/Elevation profile

Aid stations

Total aid stations: 4

Furthest distance apart: 8.2 miles

Locations: Miles 5.1, 13.3, 20.3, and 25.6

What’s available: Fully stocked with standard ultra-fare, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches/wraps, fresh fruit, salty chips, pickles, GU brew, soda and water.

Crew access

Access Locations: Miles 5.1 (limited parking), 20.3, and 25.6 (if the weather is bad the park rangers may choose to close the gate, allowing only aid station volunteers.)

Crew instructions/directions: Will announce day of the race if crew access at mile 25.6 is closed due to inclement weather



Race qualifiers

3 UTMB Points

Race reports

Coach Yvonne Naughton’s 2019 50k Race Report

Amber P’s 2019 50k Race Report

Coach Elizabeth Carey’s 2019 25k Race Report

Coach Paul Weeks’ 2019 25k Race Report

Pritam’s 2018 50k Race Report

Roey’s 2018 50k Race Report

Stephanie’s 2018 50k Race Report

Stephanie’s 2016 50k Race Report

Dionne’s 2016 25k Race Report

Strava activities and GPX files

Race Website