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

About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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