The Gnar Gnar course for the 2020 USATF Mountain Running Championship race is different than the usual race route. It is a 7.4-mile UPHILL course. For 2020, you do not descend the mountain. Instead, you’ll finish at the tip top, with an amazing view of Mt. Hood.
Runners start out running up the Gnar Gnar trail. Yes, it’s gnarly steep. About a mile up, you’ll head over on the Low Road for 1.5 miles to the first aid station. You’ll continue onto the Summit trail, Powerline trail, and then Optimator trail, as you make your way around Multopor Mountain and back to the aid station at mile 5.4. Then it is up again, on Horse trail, under the lift, onto Skyline Road and Sunrise trail to the top and finish line.
Click to open the interactive Gnar Gnar map so you can play around the route.
There is almost 2,500 feet of gain in this race. It’s not all uphill to get to the top though, you’ll loose 1,000 feet along the way. Poles are not allowed in the 2020 race.
There is one aid station you will pass by twice. It has water, GU electrolyte drink, and GU gels. We’re cupless so don’t forget to bring your own cup.
All runners must leave the second aid station by 9:30 a.m. Anyone who doesn’t make this cutoff will ride back to the start area with the volunteers. The course closes at 11:00 a.m and all racers need to be off the mountain by then.
All racers will walk about 1.6 miles down from the finish line at the top, on Skyline and High Roads to get to the top of the Lower Lift. From there you can either take the ski lift down OR ride the Alpine Slide to the bottom where the post-race festivities and awards are happening.