Race Preview: Mt Hood 50

Go Beyond Racing’s The Mt Hood 50 is coming up so all you would-be-Hood-runners, get ready to take on either 50 miles, 50k, or both! Yup you heard that correctly – this is an ultra-only event with a 50 miler on Saturday and a 50k Sunday. You have the option to run both the 50 miler & 50k! What?! The races start and finish in the same location at the Clackamas Ranger Station, just minutes from Timothy Lake. In fact, a portion of the 50k goes around the lake.

These races are heavily shaded and offer generally soft footing as opposed to an open road or extremely hard packed trails. Both distances will take you on the very well known and iconic “PCT,” otherwise known as the Pacific Crest Trail. The 50 miler is almost entirely on the PCT.

The 50 miler is Saturday and the 50k Sunday, so you get the option of camping out for the weekend, hanging out by the lake with a cold one, camping out under the stars, you get the idea. Or,  you could run one race and volunteer the other … or run both races and do the 50/50!

Now before you get your compression shorts in a bunch both these courses are relatively runable. It’s all relative, but these courses are mostly soft footed with little climbing in comparison. So for someone trying their first 50 miler, first 50k or first 50/50 this is a great option. They are both beautiful courses with great views and shaded single track trails.

Because this race is a popular one, it usually sells out earlier that this, so first of all: if you’re interested in running next year, keep an eye out for when 2018 registration opens. Now that you know that … There is still a chance to get in this year. The wait list sign-up window closes July 2nd. If registrants drop, someone else on the wait list will get an invitation to register. Click here to get on the waitlist.

The “Deets”

  • 50 Miler – $130 (1/12-7/2)
  • 50k – $110 (Apr 6 – July 4)

Timothy Lake Oregon


  • July 8, 2017 – 50 Miler
  • July 9, 2017 – 50k


  • 50 miler – 6:00 AM – bib pick up/ check in – 5:00 – 5:45 AM
  • 50k – 8:00 AM – bib pick up/ check in – 6:30 – 7:30 AM

Other important information:
The beneficiary of the Mt. Hood 50 is the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Post race activities will include a BBQ, raffle prizes, & awards. There are cut-off times for both the 50 miler and 50k. Also drop bags are allowed for the 50 miler only, but no pacers are allowed for either race distance. There are camping and lodging options, but participants are highly recommend to camp so they’re right at the race for the start. All the information and details about post race rules on the drop bags and info on camping and lodging can be found here.

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