Race Preview: 2021 Wy’East Howl 100k/50k/Half Marathon

If you’ve never participated in a Daybreak Racing event, you’re in for a treat if you register for the 2021 Wy’East Howl, which offers runners a choice between a 100k, a 50k, or a half marathon located on scenic Wy’East, the native name for Mt. Hood. This event is the only ultramarathon and trail marathon held on the famous Wy’East volcano and includes the Timberline Trail.

The race begins at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area, where the views of the Wy’East summit will greet runners and spectators, and after the race, there will be awards, raffle prizes, food, craft brews, and live music at the lodge patio. This will also be the location of the shuttle bus for 50k participants. RV and Car camping will be allowed in the main parking lot the Friday before the race as well as Saturday for a small fee.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there may be changes that impact the event. Currently, facial coverings will be required at all times except while running, eating, and drinking. Waves will be employed to spread out runners, and there will be limited aid station and post-race offerings. There will also be limited direct contact and interaction wherever possible. Continue to check up on the Covid Updates section of the race website as the race gets closer!!

Included in your registration is a post-race meal and beverages as well as a custom finisher award. You’ll also get live entertainment, professional photography, parking, and the usual amenities. Registration does not cover a race shirt, hat, or other add-ons.

All races will feature breathtaking mountain views and singletrack trails through the Pacific NW forest, as well as some wildflower meadows and backcountry ridgelines. There will be some rocky technical sections and unmaintained jeep roads as well, so keep your wits about you!!

The 100k, which is Saturday July 31st, starts at 5:00AM and is a lollipop loop course with an 18 hour time limit. It will be as challenging as it is gorgeous, with 10,800 feet of ascent and descent. There will be 8 aid stations available to participants.  The distance is a Wester States Qualifier for 2022 and is expected to sell out!

The 50k is also on Saturday and will start at 8:00AM. There is a 9 hour time limit for this point-to-point course, with shuttles taking runners out to Surveyor’s Ridge East of the mountain. Runners will make their way back to Mt. Hood Meadows to finish. There will be four aid stations and 6000 feet of ascent and 5100 feet of descent. This race distance is currently sold out, but join the wait list for free!

The half marathon is on Sunday August 1st, and it begins at 8:00AM. There is a 5 hour time limit and the course will take runners on a loop on the volcano! Participants can also enjoy waterfalls and the Cascade Mountains to help distract them from the 2500 feet of elevation gain and loss.

In addition to car and RV camping at the lodge, there are nearby campgrounds and hotel lodging at Government Camp or Hood River if you’d like to make a weekend of this event!!

I’ll be out there running the half myself after missing it last year due to Covid restrictions. I’ve previously done the Tillamook Burn 50k, so I’m looking forward to seeing how Daybreak does Wy’East!! See you on the trails!!



What: 2021 Wy’East Howl 100k/50k/Half Marathon

When: Saturday July 31st (100k starts at 5:00AM, 50k starts at 8:00AM) and Sunday Aug 1st (Half Marathon starts at 8:00AM)

Where: Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Mount Hood, OR

Cost: $190 for 100k, $140 for 50k, and $90 for Half Marathon

Register: Here (50k is SOLD OUT but wait list is free!)

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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