Race Preview: 2019 Secret Beach 100k & 50 Mile (Gold Beach)

Rainshadow Running puts on some beautiful races, and on Saturday October 5th, they will do it again with the 2019 Secret Beach 100k & 50 Mile in Gold Beach, OR.

The ultra distances for this race will be both challenging and stunning, as routes will take runners on sandy beaches and bluffs hundreds of feet above the waves, as well as old growth forests and sand dunes covered in tree tunnels.

Both of the routes will be out and back course that start at Pacific Reef Resort in Gold Beach. Enjoy mostly single track terrain with about 5 miles of road running on the shoulder of Hwy 101 and about 16 miles of sand running. This will not be an easy or fast race for many, and the elevation profiles and course map will show you many reasons why. The 100k has about 6,650 ft of elevation gain, and the 50 Mile has about 5,000 ft of elevation gain.

Race registration is $215 for the 100k and $195 for the 50M, and a race shirt is not included, though a tech shirt can be purchased for an additional fee. Finisher’s medals also will not be included, but you will receive some delicious wood-fired pizza and craft beer after you finish .. And you will be ready for it after the challenge! There will also be some other snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for you and your family and friends, as well as a live bluegrass band.

Both the 100k and 50M race will begin at 6:00AM and will have a finish line cut off time of 11:00PM. Check the website for specific aid station cut off times. There are 5 aid stations for the 100k and 4 for the 50M, and all will be cupless, so please bring your own drinking vessel. There will be Ultra Aspire collapsible cups for sale for $5 if you forget yours, or you can buy one in advance online. All aid stations will have water, Nuun electrolyte drink, PB&J, fruit, chips, pickles, and cookies or candy. There will also be gels but participants are asked to use these only to supplement their own. There will also be first aid supplies, sunscreen, bug spray, and feminine hygiene products available as needed.

Drop bags of a reasonable size (no large duffels/totes please) are allowed at any or all of the aid stations, as well as pace crews. Pacers will be allowed starting from the Myers Creek aid station the 2nd time (mile 50.6 for the 100k and mile 39.2 for the 50M) but not before this. They must sign a waiver, pick up a pacer bib at the start, and get themselves to Myers Creek.

Your reward for your hard work is the post race party! Rainshadow likes to celebrate the racing community, and this event will be followed with fresh, handmade pizza and other goodies (including gluten-free and vegan options.) Runners and their friends and family are welcome to the party, as well as all the wonderful volunteers. Beer is available to those 21 and over.

The top 3 in gender will get a custom growler from Fresh Northwest Design and the 1st place man and woman will get a framed art print of the race logo. All finishers will get a koozie with the race logo. There will also be a raffle with prizes like gift certificates to Seven Hills Running Shop, coffee from Tony’s Coffee, Rainshadow swag, and stuff from Nuun. A free pair of sale shoes from Seven Hills Running Shop will go to the last runner who makes the 11:00PM finish line cut off!

If you choose to stay at the Pacific Reef Hotel, call them to get your room at a discounted rate. You can park in their lot and walk to the race start. There is also street parking available nearby and there will be no parking available at the fairgrounds. Please carpool if you can. There’s even a spreadsheet available to find a compatible carpool buddy/group.

This event will be epic, so don’t miss your chance!


What: 2019 Secret Beach 100k & 50M at 6:00AM

When: Saturday October 5th, 2019

Where: Pacific Reef Resort, Gold Beach, OR

Cost: $215 for 100k, $195 for 50M

Register: Here 

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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