So you thought the Elk-Kings 25K was steep and technical? This new distance, the mountain marathon, is really not for the faint-of-heart. It’s for those who eat class 3 scrambles for breakfast, bombing descents for lunch, and hill repeats for dinner. Plus it is a bit longer than a marathon – you’ll run for 27.5 mile – it’s in the mountains afterall. You’ll get 8,000 feet of gain. Yes, that was 8,000′ of climbing and a little more than that in descending. Tempted?
Please note that there are no transfers to other runners. If you need to cancel your registration and it’s more than 30 days prior to the race, you will receive a 50% credit toward a future Go Beyond Racing race. If your cancellation is 30 days or less from race day, there is no credit, no refund, or no transfer. See our cancellation policy for details.
The race starts at Elk Creek Campground at the same time and place as the 25K. You will need to pick up your bib and take a shuttle from the the Jones Creek Day Use Area, just east of the Tillamook Forest Center, on Highway 6. See a map . Please do not drive to the start line – bibs are only available at the Jones Creek Day Use Area.
Due to limited parking at the start and finish lines, runners will ride a shuttle from the Jones Creek Day Use Area to Elk Creek Campground for the race start. There are two shuttles and racers will board the shuttle based on their last name. A-L shuttle leaves at 8:25 and M-Z leaves at 8:40 am. Do not miss the shuttle!
All three race distances finish at the beautiful Tillamook Forest Center. Your car is a short walk away, about 1/4 mile, via the Wilson River Trail.
You can pick up your race number at the Jones Creek Day Use Area from 7:45-8:40 am
The course starts at the same spot and time as the 25K, but while those runners head straight up Elk Mountain, you’ll go up and behind it on the Elk Creek trail. You’ll rejoin the 25K course at the Kings aid station in the saddle between Elk and Kings mountains. Then it’s over to Kings summit, then down the Kings Mountain trail and east on the Wilson River trail, back toward the start. Now, you get to go up the Elk Mountain trail! From there, it is over to the saddle and onto to Kings summit and down King’s Mountain trail a second time before turning west on the Wilson River trail. Then all that’s left is to get to the finish at the Tillamook Forest Center. Click to view the interactive course map.
There is 8,000′ of gain and 8,400′ of loss in this Mountain Marathon.
There are two cutoffs for the Mountain Marathon. The first is at the Elk Creek aid station, at 1:00 pm (mile 12.4). The second is at the Wilson aid station the second time. This is mile 19.7 and you need to leave there by 3:00 pm. If you do not make a time cutoff, you will stop racing and wait with the volunteers til they close down their aid station and then they’ll give you a ride to the finish.
Go Beyond Racing is cupless. You’ll need to bring your own cup for liquid aid at all aid stations. Full aid stations are stocked with GU electrolyte drink, GU gels, chips and cookies, PB&Js, pickles, gummy bears, and other ultra fare. The Kings aid station is not a full aid station and will have water, GU electrolyte drink, and GU gels only.
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The first man and the first woman to reach the summit of Elk Mountain during the race will be crowned King and Queen of the Mountain. Each will earn a special award for their crowning achievement.
You don’t have to be the first to finish the race, but you do have to finish, to earn the title.
The Forest Service has informed us that bees are in high season during the month of October. Therefore, if you are allergic to bees, you are required to carry an EPI-PEN during the race.