Race Preview: Elk-Kings 25k and 50k 10/17/15 (Tillamook, Ore.)

Elk-King's Mountain Traverse 25k and 50k, occurring Saturday, October 17, 2015. Presented by Go Beyond Racing.

Elk-King's Mountain Traverse 25k and 50k, occurring Saturday, October 17, 2015. Presented by Go Beyond Racing.

Go Beyond Racing presents another excellent opportunity to get in some stellar trail racing before winter arrives. On Saturday, October 17, 2015, choose to participate in the Elk-Kings 25k or 50k trail races, occurring in the gorgeous Tillamook State Forest. The 25k event begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Elk Creek Campground. You will need to take the shuttle to arrive to the 25k start line. Do not drive to the start line. Instead, park at the finish line, which is the Tillamook Forest Center. Gates open for parking at 8 a.m., with shuttles departing at 8:45 a.m. The 25k has a 5 hour cut-off time. And, if you are allergic to bees, be forewarned that bees have been reported in the area in higher numbers than normal in the race area. The 25k is steep and technical on single track trails with a ~5,800 foot elevation gain. This is definitely not a 25k for a beginner - this will be a very challenging (but very rewarding!) 25k. Check out the full course map here. The race will finish at the Forest Center, just like the 50k. 

For those interested in the 50k, the course will be a double out-and-back hosting a ~7,500 foot elevation gain. The single track trails for the 50k will wander along the Wilson River. You’ll experience rocky terrain, dense forested area and stream crossings. Participants must reach aid station 5 by 2 p.m., or be pulled from the race due to course cut-offs. Make sure to review the 50k course map here. For the 50k, park at the Tillamook Forest Center. The start is about a half mile from the parking lot, with a 7:30 a.m. start time. The race will finish at the Forest Center, just like the 25k.

Stick around for the post-race BBQ, and awards ceremony. Awards will be presented to thee top 3 male ad female finishers will receive, who will receive some very nice products from an array of the race sponsors.  Additionally, all finishers have the change to win random prizes.

A portion of race proceeds will be donated to The Mazamas. “The Mazamas, founded in 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood, is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization located in Portland, Oregon.  Mazamas offers over 700 hikes and 350 climbs annually.  A variety of classes and activities are offered for every skill and fitness level and are open to both members and non-members. The Mazamas volunteer on the 15-mile course, helping racers via fixed ropes at the top of Elk mountain. They also maintain the trails on the Elk-King Traverse. The race donation will go to the Mazamas Stewardship fund which helps to maintain trails we all love to use.”

If you are interested in a very challenging 25k, Elk Kings is calling you! And, if you are interested in a challenging, but more manageable 50k, this would be a good one to throw your hat in! Registration closes October 13! Race shirt deadline is October 2.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Distance: 25k and 50k
Start Time: 7:30 a.m. for the 50k; 9:30 a.m. for the 25k
Cost: $80 for the 25k and $100 for the 50k until 10/13.
Register: Click here to register

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