FEATURED RACE Preview: Inaugural Old Cascadia 100M/50M/20M (Willamette Natl Forest)

This summer race season is full of exciting trail runs – some annual, some inaugural, and all beautiful! Coming up on Saturday, September 15th, our good friends at Alpine Running are hosting their inaugural Old Cascadia race with 3 distances to choose from that are all sure to be epic.

Their website describes the scenery as:

These majestic trail races will take you to some of the oldest summits in Oregon for an unforgettable race experience. The Cascade Mountain Range is really two ranges in one. The familiar High Cascades are a young range of soaring, snow-capped active volcanoes, that include peaks like Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood – which can be seen from the course. However, the High Cascades owe their elevation to the westerly Old Cascades, the ancient, deeply eroded mountains that formed the foundation of the high peaks tens of millions of years prior. The extinct volcanoes of the Old Cascades are renown for their lush rainforests, brilliant meadows and prolific wildlife. Each race offers running through such landscapes along with sweeping views, creek crossings and big climbs all the while running on some of the best single-track trails Oregon has to offer.

Now for the distance-specific details.

20 Mile:

The 20 mile course covers the last 20 miles of the 100M/50M course and is a point-to-point. The total elevation gain is 5,300 feet and 6,500 feet of loss. If that sounds like a lot for “just” a 20M, just remember the views will be worth it!

The course will be run on approximately 92.5% is on single-track trails, 5% paved road and 2.5% on gravel road and will have 2 fully stocked aid stations. There is no cut-off time for the 20M. Click here for the course map and elevation profile.

The 20M starts at 9 AM and because it’s a point-to-point course, racers will need to catch the shuttle at 8 AM.

50 Mile:

The 50 miler is a lollipop course. There’s a big climb to start, an even bigger descent, some peak bagging, some rollers –  but the views of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters are well-worth your efforts.

Total elevation gain is 12,500 feet and 12,500 feet of loss. This course will be 93% on single-track trails, 3% two-track, 2% on gravel roads and 2% on paved road with 6 fully stocked aid stations.

There are two cut offs for the 50M: Aid Station 5 by 4:30 PM (9.5 hours) and Aid Station 6 by 7:00 PM (12 hours). Drop bags / crew access will be available at Aid Station 4, but sorry, no pacers will be allowed. This race is worth 4 UTMB points. Here are more details, including the course map and elevation profile.


The Big Kahuna of the weekend will be the 100 miler. It will be the 50M course run twice, meaning 25,000 feet of gain and loss for a truly epic hundred.

There are two cut offs for the 100M: Aid Station 7, the start/finish line, at mile 48.6 by midnight (17 hours) and Aid Station 11 at mile 79.1 by noon on Sunday (29 hours). The total race time limit is 36 hours.

There are 3 drop bag locations – Aid Stations 4, 7, and 11 – and pacers will be allowed after mile 48.6. For more information about the 100M rules around pacers, as well as course info, go here. The 100M is worth 6 UTMB points.

Additional Details:

Start Time: 100M / 50M: 7:00 am |  20M: 9:00 am (8:00 am shuttle departure)
Start/Finish Line: Lava Lake Sno-Park | Willamette National Forest
Price: 100M: $325 | 50M: $145 | 20M: $85

As usual, there will be free food and drinks for all runners and volunteers after the race. All 20M and 50M finishers will receive a sweet custom finisher award. All 100M finishers will have certainly earned their belt buckle, as well a Black Spider Hoody from a local company, NW Alpine!

The beneficiaries for these events are the Sweet Home High School and Redmond High School cross country teams. They will be out at 2 aid stations each!

Ready to register? Visit Ultra Signup and also stay up-to-date with race details on Facebook!

About Bobi Jo (242 Articles)
Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.
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