Race Preview: The Ruff 2019 (Carson, WA)

You’ve probably heard about Dog Mountain. There’s a good chance you’ve hiked Dog Mountain. But, have you ever run Dog Mountain? The Ruff is your chance to challenge your legs and lungs as you climb 3 miles (a 3000 foot elevation gain) and then run down the trail, quads burning, for 4 miles. And don’t forget the scenery along the way. You’ll have views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens as you experience the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in a whole new way.

This 7-mile race is run on single track trails. The course goes up Dog Mountain Trail and comes down Augspurger Trail with one aid station at the top of Dog Mountain. This event is cupless, so be sure to bring your own refillable container. Besides water, the aid station will also include Muir Energy Pouches and Skout Bars.

If you are up for this challenge, convince a few friends to come along and carpool if at all possible, as there is limited parking at the Dog Mountain Trailhead. And, even though this is Dog Mountain, no dogs are allowed at this event due to permit conditions.

After the race enjoy some post-race snacks and finisher awards before heading home to ice, ibuprofen, and foam rollers.

The Ruff Details

Date: Sunday, October 20

Time: 9:00 A.M.

Location: Dog Mountain Trailhead, Carson, WA

Entry Fee: $75

Race Website: Click Here

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