Date

2/3/18

Location

Orcas Island, WA

(Moran State Park)

Avg Temps f.

48/36

Gain/Loss in ft

8400/8400

ft/mile gain

~271

Highest Elev.

~2370ft

Start

8:00am

Surface

Road & Trail

Time Limit

9 hours

Sunrise/set

7:38am/5:13pm

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: secureapps.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Reservations/Vehicle/default.aspx
  • 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
  • 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

Elevation

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 and Elevation Profile

Aid stations

Total aid stations: 4

Furthest distance apart: 8.2 miles

Locations: 5.1, 13.3, 20.3, and 25.6

What’s available: 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, encourage carpooling), 20.3, and mile 25.6 (maybe closed to crew in bad weather)

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

Pacers

None

Race qualifiers

3 UTMB Points

Race reports

https://teamrunrun.com/orcas-50k-stephanie-g/

http://runonthemountains.com/orcas-island-50k-2016-race-report/

Strava activities and GPX files

https://www.strava.com/activities/490758708

https://www.strava.com/activities/251757618

Race Website

http://www.rainshadowrunning.com/orcas-island-50k.html