Race Preview: 2019 Old Cascadia 100M / 50M / 20M (Willamette National Forest)

Our friends at Alpine Running have an incredible lineup of races and Old Cascadia burst on the scene last year with 100M, 50M, and 20M distances; we’re glad to see it back again for 2019! It’s moved up a few months on the calendar and if you’re looking for a gorgeous and challenging June race, there are still spots available in this one! All three races start on Saturday, June 22nd.

In Central Oregon, in the Cascades, these races offer up every trail runner’s favorite: singletrack. The distance-specific details are as follows:

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. The big views are worth the big gains in this one!

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 the cherry on top.

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 6 PM (12 hours) and Aid Station 6 by 8:30 PM (14.5 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 beast of the weekend is obviously 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 11PM (16 hours) and Aid Station 11 at mile 79.1 by 11 AM on Sunday (28 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. Be sure to get your trail work in for this 100M, as well!

Additional Details:

Start Time: 100M / 50M: 6:00 am |  20M: 9:00 am (8:00 am shuttle departure)
Start/Finish Line: Lava Lake Sno-Park | Willamette National Forest
Price: 100M: $350 | 50M: $150 | 20M: $95

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 Author

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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