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Mt. Hood 50

13-Jul-2019 Clackamas Ranger Station, Oregon, USA

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Trail Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
2 Days - 150 Runners

Alternate Distances: 50KM/31M 25KM/16M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Beginner  

Entry From $120 USD

The Mt. Hood 50 is a heavily shaded 50-mile race that is run almost entirely on the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon.

The trail is generally soft with good footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots. This is a excellent "first 50" race. Runners will start by running North from the Clackamas Ranger Station to the Frog Lake Aid Station, just before Highway 26. They will then return to the start/finish and head South to the Warm Springs Meadows Aid Station, where they will turn around and head back to the finish. Total elevation gain is approximately 5,630 feet.

The Mt. Hood 50K is a heavily shaded trail race that is run on the Pacific Crest Trail and around Timothy Lake. The first 21 miles of this race are on the 50-mile course. Runners will start by running north from the Clackamas Ranger Station, skirting the eastern edge of Timothy Lake before joining the Pacific Crest Trail. You’ll pass through two aid stations before reaching  the Turnaround aid station. You will then return the way you came on the PCT, but will turn onto Timothy Lake trail when you reach the lake, running counter clockwise around it. After one last stop at an aid station at the dam, you’ll head for the finish line. The trail is generally soft with good footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots.

Newly added, the 25K starts and finishes at the same spot as the 50M and 50K, but involves some different trails in the 6.5 miles as participants make their way around Clackamas Lake and head north. Then racers will run around Timothy Lake. The course involves wooded single-track.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Camrun2006

09:24 17-07-16

The Mt. Hood 50, put on by GoBeyond Racing, is a well organized, fun, and challenging event. Aid stations are top-notch and manned by elite ultra-runners from the Northwest United States. The food and after-race festivities make you not want to go home afterward.

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smash_runner

05:58 17-07-16

Oregon Mt Hood 50-
An amazing beautiful course. A pretty quick route with some areas of technical trails. Mostly soft and just truly truly beautiful. The weather was absolutely perfect, nice and cool. The aid stations were fully stocked and had a huge variety and the volunteers were absolute saints. The course was well marked and there was no question of where to go. I would do this race again in a heart beat and hoping next year to come out and do my first 50 miler....this course is so inspiring that it makes you want to come back. This will forever be my favorite 50K.

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Go_Longer2016

04:35 17-07-16

I ran both the 50 mile on Saturday and the 50 km on Sunday this year. This is a very runnable course on the Pacific Crest Trail in an absolute beautiful place (the Mt. Hood NF.) Go Beyond Racing does it right with quality aid stations staffed by knowledgeable folks and a nice post-race spread. This is a great first 50 mile course.

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Grange

01:28 17-07-16

Ran this race in July 2016. My first 50-miler, and it was a great choice. Race is held in the Mt.Hood National Forest, so the scenery is spectacular--soaring trees, creeks, and several mountain lakes. Race uses two out-and-back sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, so the trail is mostly runnable except a few steep climbs. Trail is also well-marked. Aid stations are every 3-6 miles, and run by enthusiastic and experienced volunteers. Race has strict cutoffs at 28 miles (6 hours), 39 miles (9 hours), and finish (12 hours). I was running on only three months training (broken arm sidelined me several months), and I was able to make the cutoffs comfortably, though I was a back-of-the-packer. This is likely the best-organized race I've run, whether trail or road; great communication prior to the race, and awesome work during the race. This race was an awesome experience, and I highly recommend it.

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AndySilver

07:42 16-07-16

This race is fantastic! It is well run, the volunteers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the course is beautiful.

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