Salmon La Sac, WA (90 miles E of Seattle)
|Avg Temps f.
73/43 (at lower elevation)
|Gain/Loss in ft
Summary: The first year running, the race is hosted by Seattle Fleet Feet and organized by the store’s owner, seasoned runner and ultra vet, Brian Morrison. The course is out and back, beginning and ending in Salmon La Sac, which is about 90 miles East of Seattle, off I-90, and traverses the Teanaway Valley from West to East and back again, gaining 28,000 cumulative feet in the process. With a 40 hour cutoff, runners should expect rugged, challenging trails amidst beautiful scenery.
Important pre-race info
- Potential for snow in higher elevations
- Have layers for warm days and cool nights
- Be prepared for wildlife encounters – bears, cougars and possibly wolves
- Recommended that runners carry at least 40 ounces of water with them and 3-4 hours worth of food given that the rugged terrain could take a lot of time between aid stations
- Prerequisites are 50 miler in the last 3 years or a 100 mile finish and 8 hours of trail work pre-race
- Expect rugged trails and slow pacing and be pleasantly surprised when you’re moving well!
- Elevation profile is mainly one 2,000ft climb and descent after another – be ready to be going either a sustained climb up or down
Total gain/loss: 28,000/28,000
Ft/mile gain: 280
Total climbs: 11 major (1500-3000ft), 2x3000ft, 6×2000-2500ft, 1x1500ft), 2x1000ft, countless climbs under 1000ft
Longest climb: 3000ft from miles 0-7.5 and 2500ft from miles 45-52
Total aid stations: 12
Furthest distance apart: 11.8
Locations: Miles 5.5, 14.7, 20.9, 28, 34.3, 43.4, 50, 57.7, 67.8, 74.1, 82, 88.2
What’s available: Nothing specific noted on website – assume ultra standard fare and bring your own specialty food, or contact RD for more info
Access Locations: 28, 34.3, 43.4, 57.7, 67.8, 74.1
Crew instructions/directions: Accessible on Forest Service Roads 9737 and 9703. Look up Twentynine Pines Campground, which is accessible via Teanaway and find the fork in the road on the map where you can see the two Forest Service Roads. There are 6 access locations, but it’s really 3 aid stations that runners pass through twice, on their way out and then back. See course map for more details.
Allowed as of mile 57.7 (after lollipop loop) and can switch in/out at any crew accessible aid station after that point.