The Mt. Hood 50 is a heavily shaded 50-mile race that is run almost entirely on the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail is generally soft with good footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots. 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. This race is part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series.
The 50-Mile race is on Saturday, July 9, 2016
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This 50M race fills up quickly so we will use a lottery to give more people an opportunity to enter. Registration will begin Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7:00 am and end on Saturday January 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm. We will draw 130 names from all that register and publish on January 10th beginning at noon. Those not selected are placed onto the wait list in the the order they are drawn.
Join us at FootZone (race sponsor and awesome running store in Bend, OR) for the Lottery Party, from noon to 2:00 pm on January 10, 2016.
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.
Do you want to run the 50M on Saturday and the 50K on Sunday? This option is limited to just 20 racers so you’ll want to register when the race opens. Entering the 50/50 gives you guaranteed entry into the both races, but remember, you’ll have to run 81 miles that weekend. The 50/50 costs $195.
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The race will start at 6:30 a.m. with an Early Start of 5:30 a.m. for those who need extra time to meet the 12-hour cutoff. If you will not be able to finish by 6:30 p.m., you will be asked to return to the Start/Finish with the Aid Station volunteers. (Please note that the Early Start is to accommodate runners that need an additional hour to finish under the 12-hour cutoff. Early starters are not eligible for awards.)
There are two cutoffs. Runners must leave the Start/Finish Aid Station by 12:30 p.m. (mile 28). The second cutoff is at the Warm Springs Aid Station (mile 39) at 3:30 p.m.
Aid stations are stocked with Honeystinger gel, Glukos, chips, PB&Js, gummy bears and other ultra fare. Please bring your own aid and utilize your drop bags if you have special needs.
|Aid Station||Total Distance||Full Aid||Porta-Potty||Drop Bag|
|Little Crater Lake||6.0||Yes||No||No|
|Little Crater Lake||22.4||Yes||No||No|
|Red Wolf Pass||33.7||Yes||No||No|
|Red Wolf Pass||44.7||Yes||No||No|
Place your drop bags in the appropriate drop bag area at the Start/Finish by 6:15 a.m. the morning of the race. Early starters must have drop bags ready by 5:15 a.m. Drop bags are returned to the Start/Finish after the Aid Stations close.
Because drop bags are transported a few different times during a race, here are some best practices and restrictions around the size, quantity, and contents for Go Beyond Racing races:
Check-in and day of race bib pick-up takes place at the Start/Finish area at Clackamas Ranger Station from 5:00 am – 6:15 am on July 10. All runners must check in and get their bib the morning of the race.
Our USFS permits strictly limit the number of runners on the trails so pacers are not allowed in this race.
Join runners, volunteers and family members for some great post-race food, with meat and veggie options, at the Start/Finish area while you cheer on the finishers! We will have some great awards from our sponsors for the top-3 and top masters. All runners will have a great chance of scoring some great products from our sponsors in the post-race raffle!
The Start/Finish will be at the Clackamas Historic Compound, near Timothy Lake, and approximately 20 miles south of Mt. Hood.
From Portland, take Hwy 26 towards Mt Hood, drive past Government Camp and continue ten miles past the Hwy 35/Hwy 26 intersection to Hwy 42 (also marked as Skyline Rd and Timothy Lake). The Hwy 42 turnoff is close to the 66-mile mark on Hwy 26. The Clackamas Ranger Station is 10 miles down Hwy 42, 1/4 mile past Hwy 42/Hwy 57 intersection on Hwy 42.
The Mt. Hood area has some great places to camp and Timothy Lake has more than 150 campsites. Below is a list of the closest campgrounds.
Clackamas Lake (closest to start – 1/2 mile), Oakfork on Timothy Lake, Gone Creek on Timothy Lake, Pine Point on Timothy Lake, Little Crater Lake (aid station on course about mile 6), HoodView On Timothy Lake. To reserve, click on one of the links above, or call 877-444-6777, or go to www.reserveamerica.com. Please note that the USFS strongly discourages camping outside of established campsites. No camping is allowed at the Clackamas Lake Guard Station Compound.
The nearest motels are in Government Camp, OR (21 miles from start).
Parking is allowed off road on portions of Forest Service Road 42 (FS42) near the Clackamas Lake Historic Ranger Compound (Start/Finish). Signs will be posted and volunteers will help direct you. No parking is allowed on on either side of FS42 at the Pacific Crest Trailhead adjacent to Joe Graham Campground. No parking is allowed on either side of FS 42 from the event entrance to Joe Graham Campground.
The 2016 Mt. Hood 50-Mile race provides 4 points, and the 50K provide 2 points, toward every race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® and is a part of the Trail Runner Trophy Series.