Race Preview: 2015 Volcanic 50k at Mt. St. Helens on September 5th

The Volcanic 50k is an opportunity to explore lava and pumice fields, rivers and dense forested areas surrounding Mt. St. Helens. With 7400 feet of elevation gain and loss, runners will circumnavigate Mt. St.Helens on Saturday, September 5th from the Marble Mountain Sno-Park at 7 AM. The course follows the Loowit Trail for the majority of the race, with the exception of 4.5 miles. Mostly run on single track trails and part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series, the course will be beautiful, but challenging. Participants are required to have completed at least one 50k race prior to race day.  Runners will travel clockwise around the mountain and there will be a strict time cut off at the final aid station. Runners must pass the Ape Canyon Aid Station by 4PM.

Runners are required to carry a light weight jacket, emergency blanket, whistle and the ability to carry at least 40 ounces of water. There will be 4 aid stations along the course with GU, S-Caps, chips, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and water. Dogs are not allowed on the course and there are consequences for anyone caught littering along the trail, including disqualification. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Volcano Rescue Team. Formed in 1986, the VRT (Volcano Rescue Team) provides assistance and resources for emergencies and accidents on the mountain. It is run by volunteers and self-supporting.

Online registration is available through September 2nd and costs $135. Purchase an Altra technical race shirt for $30. Registration will be available race morning for $150. Packet pick-up and day-of registration begin at 5:30AM on September 5th. Parking permits are required at Marble Mountain Sno-Park and are included in the entry fee. Spectators will need to purchase a parking permit. It is suggested participants from Portland allow 2 hours to get to the park and anyone traveling from Seattle should allow 4 hours travel time.

There will be a post-race barbeque for participants, their families and volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome and it’s a great way to check out a race you might be considering. The top 3 male and female finishers will receive a prize and the male/female winners will win a free entry for next year’s race. There will also be random prizes given away during the post-race party. Check out their website for a list of accommodations, including camping and some nearby resorts.

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