I’m guilty of dreaming about this, but have yet to work up the courage, or the appropriate training regimen to get me there. If I someday find myself in the proper physical shape, and perhaps slightly bent mental shape, to enter an ultra, the Mt. Hood 50 would be the one I’d choose.
Billed as a “heavily shaded” race, I can imagine that comes in pretty handy about the 6th or 7th hour straight of running in middle of July temperatures. The 50 mile course winds beneath the summit of Mt. Hood, most of it on the Pacific Crest Trail. Typically well maintained, the trail offers pretty forgiving terrain, though it does promise some technical sections that will warrant some care.
Where: Clackamas Historic Compound, near Timothy Lake
When: 6:30 AM, July 12th
What this race may lack in sun, however, it probably makes up for in elevation with a total gain of about 5,630 feet. I’m tired just writing about that. There will be drop bags at aid stations along the way, and though pacers aren’t allowed due to permitting, you can still call in friends and family watch you drag your crazy self across the finish (provided it’s before the 12 hour cutoff).