Volcanic is a rugged, remote, and challenging 50K+ and a 25K on an active volcano (Mt. St. Helens) in Washington state. The 50K course runs on the single-track Loowit trail, circumnavigating the entire mountain. Racers scramble over boulder fields, cross rivers, run through the blast zone, as well as through dense forest – all with ever-changing views of the volcano. The volcano race is 32 miles and feels more like a 50-miler. In all, this Mt. St. Helens race has approximately 7,400 feet of elevation gain and 7,400 feet of loss. This race is no joke. It’s tough, but good thing, so are you!
The 25K gives runners a real Mt. St. Helens volcano race experience without having to run all the way around it. This course includes some of the iconic features of the longer race – boulder fields, the Loowit trail, jaw-dropping views of the mountain and the surrounding Cascades, and lush forests. There’s 3,300 feet of gain and loss. This route is also hard, and we mean that.
Both races start and finish at the Marble Mountain Sno Park.
$130 (Feb 1 – 28, 2023)
$150 (Mar 1 – Apr 30)
$160 (May 1 – Jul 28)
$80 (Feb 1 – 28, 2023)
$90 (Mar 1 – Apr 30)
$100 (May 1 – Jul 28)
Optional race shirt available through 7/1
For the 50K only: Due to the remote, mountain environment and challenging aspect of this course, there is a strict requirement to have completed at least a 50K trail race or the Volcanic 25K prior to race day. You will enter a link to your previous race result during the registration process.
Please note that there are no transfers to other runners and no refunds. 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. By registering, you agree to this Cancellation Policy.
Do you want to race but can’t afford the entry fee? We can help with our Trail Mix Fund.
You will pick up your bib at the start/finish line the morning of the race. Photo ID is required to get your bib.
The 50K pick up is from 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. You will need to show your mandatory required gear prior to getting your bib.
25K pick up is from 6:00 – 7:15 a.m.
There is BBQ’d meat and veggie burgers for all runners and volunteers at the finish, with camp chairs all around. Families can purchase food too for a $7 donation to the beneficiary. We hope you will stay and enjoy the fun.
All finishers earn a Volcanic pint glass. The top 3 male and female finishers will receive some very nice products from our sponsors. We also give out age group awards three-deep, and non-binary awards. There are many raffle prizes that are given away at the post-race festivities by our great sponsors.
Allow 2 hours from Portland and 4 hours from Seattle to get to the start/finish at the Marble Mountain Sno Park in the Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument.
We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE CARPOOLING!
If you are interested in carpooling, you can post here to find or give a ride. This is a Google spreadsheet that is viewable to anyone with the link, so only post what you want public. Carpooling earns you a Carpool Koozie too!
We’ve had it all at this race. Super toasty to super cool and wet. Be prepared for anything – it is a volcano race afterall. Here’s the forecast for the area near the first aid station: weather
If you or if you know of someone who would be interested in volunteering for this Mt. St. Helens race, please sign up by clicking the green Volunteer button on the registration page.
Camp Lug-A-Chug. This is tough and any coach would probably tell you not to do this the weekend before your race so this is best left to friends and family of racers or just friends of Go Beyond Racing. It involves carrying as much water as you can or want to up a 4.5-mile, 1900′ of gain trail. It is really an epic day or two of working hard. You can find details on our Facebook event and on our Calendar on the website.
We’re all over social media and we share unique information on each channel. Connect and get involved:
Volcanic 50 on Facebook.
Go Beyond Racing on Facebook
In addition to the rules specific to this race, we do have a few rules that apply to all Go Beyond Racing races. Be sure you are familiar with them.
Need help getting ready for this volcano race? Talk to our friends at Wy’east Wolfpack. They provide excellent coaching and training services and know a lot about Mt. St. Helens.
This race is granted by a Special Use Permit through the Forest Service and Mt St Helen’s National Volcanic Monument. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
We acknowledge that this race occurs on the traditional homelands of the Cowlitz Tribe.