I don’t know if it is the slightly cooler air temperatures, or maybe it’s the fading joy of the warmer weather… or maybe it is just the winding down of one’s racing season, but we get a lot of requests for our next year’s race dates before this year is barely half-way done. So, for you non-procrastinators, here is what we’ve got planned for 2019. Now you can plan your next racing and volunteering year!
Smith Rock Ascent (50K, 15M, 4M) – May 18th and 19th. We are moving this to a two-day event and getting away from the Mother’s Day weekend, so that more of you can race. The 50K and 4-mile races will occur on Saturday, and the 15-miler on Sunday. To make this change, we had to put the Smith Rock Road Half Marathon & 10K to bed – we won’t be producing that race any longer. Registration opens Oct. 1, 2018.
Portland Trail Series Spring (4-7M) – May 8th, 22nd, June 5th, 19th, July 3rd. These low-key evening races in Forest Park are perfect for beginners and also tempo or speed workouts for those experienced racers. Registration opens Oct. 25, 2018.
Stumptown Trail Runs (50K and Half Marathon) – May 25th, May 27th. Whether these are your home trails, or you are using this as a destination race for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, you will love the challenge and enjoy racing in the forest right in Portland. Registration opens Jan. 5, 2019.
Wy’east Wonder (50M & 50K) – June 15th. The inaugural year was a huge success and we’re very much looking forward to showing more people these great trails on the east side of Mt. Hood. Registration opens Oct. 1, 2018.
Bend Trail Series (4-7M) – June-August. Fun evening races at different trailheads around Bend. Registration opens Jan. 7, 2019.
Mt. Hood 50 (50M, 50K, & 25K) – July 13th and 14th. We don’t like to use the word ‘classic’ to describe any of our events, but this race kinda is a Northwest classic. The 50M is on Saturday and the 50K and 25K are on Sunday. Registration for 50M is a lottery and is open Jan. 7-11, 2019, with the drawing on Jan. 12, 2019. The 50K and 25K are not lotteries and open on Jan. 13, 2019.
Portland Trail Series Summer (4-7M) – July 10th, 17th, 24th 31st, August 7th. The Summer Series is every Wednesday evening, in Forest Park. Each race is a different route. Registration opens May 23, 2019.
Volcanic 50 (50K+) – August 3rd. This is a rugged and remote 50K that circumnavigates Mt. St. Helens. You have to have a previous 50K finish under your belt to run it so plan for that. We are also working on a new distance for 2019 too! Registration opens Feb. 1, 2019.
Portland Trail Series Fall (4-7M) – August 28th, September 11th, 25th, October 9th, 23rd. Short races after work on Wednesday evenings. A couple of the races are in dusk or dark so this is a great opportunity to try or practice running at night. Registration opens July 18, 2019.
Gnar Gnar (6M) – August 18th. Run up and down Mt. Hood Skibowl. That’s almost 2,000’ of gain in 3.5 miles, and of loss in 2.5 miles. Gnarly! Registration opens April 1, 2019.
The NUT (100K & 50K) – September 7th. It’s back. After having to cancel the week of the race in 2017 due to forest fires, the NUT is returning to the gorgeous North Umpqua Trail. Point-to-point UPHILL races that finish at Lemolo Lake. Registration opens December 31, 2018.
Mountain Lakes 100 (100M) – September 21st. 2019 will be the 8th year for this 100-miler that takes you past dozens of lakes, with runnable miles and miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, to the finish line at Olallie Lake. Due to the popularity of this event, we are moving registration to a lottery. Registration opens Feb. 1-7, 2019, with the lottery drawing on Feb. 8, 2019.
Elk-Kings Trail Races (50K, 25K, Mountain Marathon) – October 12th. The final races of the season, and they ain’t easy, but would you want them any other way? Registration opens April 1, 2019.
Lastest Not Fastest (Last Person Standing) – October 19th. We added this new race to our schedule in the spring. This last-person-standing format is in Bend, Oregon and will see who can run the most 4.5-mile trail loops. Registration opens April 1, 2019.
We’ll have other events too, like our Season Kickoff Party, trail work, course preview runs, and of course the Volunteer Party. You can watch our Facebook Events and our website Calendar for everything.
All these dates are pending permit approval. The permitting process occurs in the Fall for most jurisdictions and land agencies, with approvals happening in the new year.
Todd and I want to thank everyone for their support and contributions to this incredible trail running community in 2018, and to let you know that we are very excited about 2019.
|Race||2019 Race Date||Registration Opens|
|Smith Rock Ascent||5/18 & 5/19||10/1/18|
|Stumptown Trail Runs||5/25 & 5/27||1/5/18|
|Portland Trail Series Spring||May-July||10/25/18|
|Bend Trail Series||June-August||1/7/19|
|Mt. Hood 50||7/13 & 7/14||1/7/19|
|Portland Trail Series Summer||July-August||5/23/19|
|Portland Trail Series Fall||August-October||7/18/19|
|Mountain Lakes 100||9/21||2/1/19|
|Elk-Kings Trail Races||10/12||4/1/19|