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Race Preview: Inaugural Wy’East Howl 50K (Mt. Hood)

The inaugural Wy’East Howl, hosted by our friends at Daybreak Racing, will debut on Saturday, October 6th. This “valley to volcano” point-to-point 50K is the only ultramarathon that finishes on the mountain. It’s a challenging but equally as rewarding race, boasting over 8,000 feet of climbing, gorgeous singletrack trails through forests, meadows, and on ridges. I am so excited to give this race a go and hope to see you there!

There will be 4 aid stations with everything you need:Tailwind energy drink, water, soda, gels, Skout bars, bananas, oranges, chips, PB&J sandwiches, and more. *Note: Daybreak events are cupless, so plan accordingly. Unfortunately no drop bags or pacers are allowed, but the cutoff is generous – leave AS 3 (mile 18.4) by 2:00 PM (6.5 hours) and finish by 6:00 PM (10.5 hours).

The race starts at the Oak Ridge trailhead, a quick 25 minute shuttle ride away, and runners will make their way back to the finish line at Mt. Hood Meadows on 25 miles of single track, 6 miles of rugged, historic double track and just under 1 mile of pavement. The trails are fairly runnable, with does feature some big climbs (they’re early, so save your legs!), some technical sections, and late-race descents. Click here for the course maps / descriptions.

As always, volunteering at the event is an option for anyone who wants to be out on race day, but can’t / doesn’t want to run! It’s super fun, incredibly rewarding, inspirational, and most importantly, appreciated!


Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
7:30 AM (shuttle leaves at 6:50 AM)
Where: Mt. Hood Meadows | 14040 Oregon 35, Mt Hood, OR 97041
Online at Ultra Signup

For more event info, visit the race website or their Facebook page!

About Bobi Jo (228 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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