Race Preview: 2018 Pine to Palm 100 (Ashland)


One hundred mile races are the primary pinnacle distance for ultra-marathon runners.There are obviously distances that one can run that are further, but the 100-miler is seen as the distance to shoot for when getting into ultra-marathons. Around the country, and even the world, are well-known races that often feature big name runners. The scenery is all that, the hype is through the roof and the experience is why people show up. Here in Oregon, we have a few 100 mile races, including the Pine to Palm. And while this race may not draw the biggest of names, it is well known as a worthy race given the course, the organization, the volunteers and the views.

The course is point to point, starting in Williams, Oregon and ending in Ashland. It runs

the ridges of the Siskiyou mountain range and organizers commonly refer to the course as rugged and remote. Rogue Valley Runners, who puts this race on, are a funny group based on the manual for this race, but are extremely committed to the success of this event, as evidenced by the fact it is in its 8th year and is very well attended. The views alone may be worth the entry, but the challenge is there, as the course boasts over 20,000ft of climb and 20,000 ft of loss with 3 epic climbs to 7,000ft and fantastic views of Mt Shasta and Mt McLaughlin. The race is limited to 300 entrants with an entry fee of $350, which includes one ticket for the Friday night pasta dinner and free camping at Pacifica.

When: September 8th & 9th. Race starts at 6am with a 34 hour cut-off.

Register: Online only through UltraSignUp

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