Race Preview: 2021 Old Cascadia 50M / 20M / and NEW 50K (Willamette National Forest)

Our friends at Alpine Running never fail to put on a great race and back again this year (in its proper month after a 2020 reschedule!) is Old Cascadia. Unfortunately there will be no 100M option, but there is still the stout 50M, the beautiful 20M, and new for 2021 is the 50K the weekend of June 19-20, 2021.

As the name suggests, these events are in the Cascades of Central Oregon, and feature incredible forests and delicious singletrack. The distance-specific details are as follows:

20 Mile:

The 20 mile course covers the last 20 miles of the 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 all the ascending, though!

The course will be run on approximately 90% is on single-track trails, 5% paved road and 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.

This one is worth 2 UTMB points.

50 Mile:

The 50 miler is a lollipop course. Starting with a big climb, then a long descent, then some rollers, more big climbs…this race will trash the legs. But the views of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters are worth the price.

The total elevation gain is 12,500 feet and 12,500 feet of loss. This course will be 88% on single-track trails, 4% two-track, 4% on gravel roads and 4% on paved road with 6 fully stocked aid stations.

There are three cut offs for the 50M: Aid Station 4 by 3:30 PM (9.5 hours), Aid Station 5 by 5:00 PM (11 hours), and Aid Station 6 by 7:30 PM (13.5 hours). Due to COVID-19, there will be no crew allowed at this event. This race is worth 4 UTMB points. Here are more details, including the course map and elevation profile.

New for this year is the 50K! The course is the so-called “epic loop” – through old growth forests and sweeping views of the higher Cascade mountains from the summit of Pyramid and Scar Mountain on gorgeous singletrack. With ~7,400ft of elevation gain and 7,400ft of loss, it’s not playing around. There will be four fully stocked aid stations and a cutoff at AS 4 at 5 PM (10 hours).

Additional Details:

Start Time on Saturday: 50M: 6:00 am |  20M: 9:00 am (8:00 am shuttle departure)
Start Time on Sunday: 50K: 7:00 am
Start/Finish Line: Lava Lake Sno-Park | Willamette National Forest
Price: 50M: $165 | 20M: $125 | 50K: $140

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, there will be no pre or post race food.

The beneficiaries for these events are the Sweet Home High School cross country teams. They will be out at 2 aid stations during the day!

Register for one of the last spots on 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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