Race Preview: The Ruff (Carson, WA)

The Ruff torch has been passed from Alpine Running to the race director at the newly formed Elevated Trail Racing (they also host the Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge every fall).

Not much about The Ruff has changed – the distance may be short at just about 7 miles, but packs in 3,000 feet of climbing…in the first 3 miles! Then the final 4 is all descent. If you’ve done Dog Mountain as a hike or run on your own, it’s the common loop on the same beautiful single track with gorgeous views of the Gorge at the top.

Even though this is up Dog Mountain, unfortunately doggos are not allowed on course due to permit conditions.

First place Male and Female finishers will receive a free pair of On trail running shoes!


Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Dog Mountain Trailhead, Carson, WA
Price: $40
Registration: Ultra Signup

Check out the event’s Facebook page here for updates as race day approaches. You can also check out Alpine Running’s Instagram for inspiration for your next adventure!

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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