Small races are some of my favorites, and the personal experiences are so much more memorable than the big “box” races that everyone has done. The 2018 Three Corner Rock PCT 50k (Formerly known as PCT Bunker to Bonneville 50K) is capped at only 100 runners and you’ll get the chance to follow around 30 miles of the southbound Pacific Crest Trail.
This race will start at Whistle Punk trailhead and in addition to getting to travel the PCT, you’ll also get a short jaunt to the top of Three Corner Rock where the views of the Cascade Range volcanoes will greet you before finishing in the town of North Bonneville, WA. There will be 5 aid stations and one unofficial aid station at the Trout Creek bringe 2.72 miles in that will be lightly stocked with mostly drink. Check out the course description, an elevation chart, and more information here.
As you may have guessed, the course will be a challenging one, so you should be prepared to face all sorts of terrain. There’s an elevation gain of 5,725 feet and a loss of 6,808 feet. However, this race, quoted as being “unpretentious and unique,” will offer a memorable day that not everyone has the opportunity to experience. Additionally, the race will benefit the local Stevenson High School Cross Country team.
If you are planning on making a weekend of it, check out the camping and hotel situation here.
This race is only $75 in advance and $85 on race day. This is a steal considering many ultra distance races are in the triple digit cost range. But you better register soon if you want to be one of the 100 people that get to run.
When: Saturday, September 1st, 2018 at 7:30AM
Where: Whistle Punk Trailhead on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, (Carson, WA)
Registration Cost: $75. Price increases to $85 on race day.