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Race Preview: 2016 Tillamook Burn Trail Run 50 Miler & 50K

After enduring a series of forest fires that started in 1933, eventually referred to as the Tillamook Burn, the Tillamook Rain Forest saw one of the largest tree replanting campaigns in human history. That rain forest, known today as the Tillamook State Forest, offers up 350,000 plus acres of land blanketed in Douglas Fir trees. With miles upon miles of single track trails, this lustrous forested landscape seems like a runners paradise. On April 30 & May 1, runners will have an opportunity to experience this scenic utopia and "run the burn" at the Tillamook Burn Trail Run 50 mile & 50k.

50 Mile Race Info:

  • RACE DATE: Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • START/FINISH: Reehers Camp
  • CHECK-IN: 5:00-5:45AM (Early Start: 4:15-4:45 AM)
  • START TIME: 6:00AM (Early Start: 5:00AM)
  • CUT OFF: 14 hours (8:00 PM) to finish.
  • BONFIRE: ALL DAY

Participants of the 50 miler can expect a challenging but beautiful course, with 40 miles being run on twisting forested single-track trail and 10 miles being run on scenic forest/jeep road. Runners will expect to summit Larch Mountain (the third highest point in the Coast Range, at 3400’) as well as cross many small streams, enjoy multiple waterfalls, and cruise along dozens of miles of creek side trail. Overall the terrain is described as being “generally hilly and soft with great footing,” but will also include some more technical sections involving rocks, roots, and mud. If you opt for the 50 miler, you can expect 9300 feet of ascent and descent. A course map and a more in depth description of the course and elevation can be viewed here: Course description & map.

Check-in and day of race bib pick-up will take place at the Start/Finish area (Reehers Camp Day-Use Shelter) from 4:30 am – 5:45 am on Race Day. All runners must check in the morning of the race.

Drop Bags:  Only one drop bag is allowed per runner, as they all go to Storey Burn Aid Station (utilized 3 times on the course, mile 11.5, 24.1 and 36.4). Runners are asked to place drop bags in the drop bag area at the Start/Finish by 5:45 a.m. the morning of the race. Early starters must have drop bags ready by 4:45 a.m.

Crew Access: The only crew-accessible area allowed on the course is at Storey Burn Aid Station, which will be utilized by runners three times along the course (Mile 11.5, 24.1 and 36.4). Crews are not allowed at any other point on the course or at other aid stations. Runners with crew on the course or at Bell Camp, Saddle Mountain or Larch Mountain Aid Stations will be disqualified.

50k Race Info

  • RACE DATE: Sunday, May 1, 2016
  • START/FINISH: Reehers Camp
  • CHECK-IN: 7:00-7:45AM (Early Start: 6:15-6:45 AM)
  • START TIME: 8:00AM (Early Start: 7:00AM)
  • CUT OFF: 9 hours (5:00 PM) to finish.
  • BONFIRE: ALL DAY

The 50K is an out-and-back course traversing the Coast Range mountain divide from Reehers Camp to University Falls and back, involving  approximately 7000 ft. of ascent and descent. Runners can expect a heavily forested course, run almost entirely on single-track trail. The trails are described as “generally hilly and soft with great footing, although there are some technical sections with rocks and roots, occasional mud after rains and some long climbs and downhills.” A course map and a more in depth description of the course and elevation can be viewed here: Course description & map.

Check-in and day of race bib pick-up will take place at the Start/Finish area at Reehers Camp Day-Use Shelter from 6:00 am – 7:45 am on Race Day. All runners must check in the morning of the race.

Race Fees

The race fee for the 50 miler from 4/1-4/29 is $120; Race fee for the 50k from 4/1-4/29 is $95; and the race fee for the 50/50 (for those daring enough to run both races) is $195 from 4/1-4/29. Day of race registration will be available at a slightly higher price. A portion of race proceeds will be donated to the non-profit, Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, which provides direct support for recreational projects and educational programs within the Tillamook Forest.

Race shirts can be ordered for an additional $15 during registration. A limited number of shirts will be available for sale on race day.

Post Race festivities will be open to runners, family, and volunteers and will include great post-race food, live music and a big campfire at the finish area. Local bluegrass band, Lost Creek, will be playing some of their beautiful tunes both race days. All finishers will receive a pint glass with the race logo, and random drawing prizes will be given away to finishers. The top 3 male and female finishers and top masters will receive some incredible products provided by race sponsors.

Pre-race packet pick-up will take place 4/24 from 1-5pm at Foot Traffic in Portland (13306 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229). For those unable to make it to this packet pick up, you will need to get your stuff the day of race at the times/locations listed earlier.

For even more information regarding general race information, team categories, and lodging, please visit the Race Details Page.


What: Tillamook Burn Trail Run 50 Miler & 50k

When: 50 Miler, Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 6AM; 50K, Sunday, May  1 @ 6AM

Where: Tillamook State Forest, Reeher’s Camp

Cost: From April 1-29th the 50 Miler is $120; the 50k is $95; the 50/50 is $195 & Day of race the 50 Miler is $130; the 50k is $105; the 50/50 is $215

Registration page here: Ultra Sign Up

 

 

About Rachel Peters (67 Articles)
Mom, avid runner, avid hiker, proud Oregonian.

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