If you’re considering a summer ultra, the Wy’east Wonder should be on your list. For one, it’s hosted by one of my personal favorite trail race organizations, Go Beyond Racing. Go Beyond always puts on a top notch race that’s well organized with the absolute best race volunteers around to cheer you through each aid station and thru the finish line. In addition to that, you’ll get treated to a phenomenal course along the ridge line trails through the original east of-Wy’east Mt Hood.
This year’s event, which features a 50k and a 50 Miler, will be held on June 12th, 2022. This is a point-to-point net downhill race that starts from the southern side of Wy’east (the Multnomah Tribe word for Mt Hood) around to the east and it tracks mostly along Gunsight Ridge and Surveyor’s Ridge.
This race SELLS out, so you can’t register for this year currently. However, putting your name on the waiting list is free and there’s always next year if you’re quick enough. The cost is $150 for the 50M and $125 for the 50k. There are no transfers for this race and no refunds, though you can get a 50% credit if you can’t do it and notify Beyond Racing more than 30 days before the race.
The 50M route has 7,082’ of elevation gain and 10,012’ of loss, so it’s a real quad burner. You can check out the course description here. The 50k has 4,193’ of gain and 7,122’ of loss, so it’s challenging as well. Check out the course info here for that. Both races begin at Bennett Pass Sno Park and finish at the Oak Ridge Trailihead which is near Parkdale, OR. The post-race party is a short shuttle ride away from the Red Barn Park where you can eat, drink, and get back to your vehicle. Carpooling is HIGHLY encouraged and Go Beyond even has a Google spreadsheet you can check to find or give a ride. Carpooling also earns you a Carpool Koozie!! Collect them all!!
The 50 Miler will begin at 6:00AM, with a shuttle picking up runners from the Red Barn Park in Parkdale at 4:30AM. Bib pickup will be at the start line of Bennett Pass Sno Park from 5:00 to 5:45AM. Please do NOT forget your photo ID as it will be required to get your race bib. Also, you will not be allowed to park at the start line at Bennett Pass Sno Park, so please plan on using the shuttle or get yourself dropped off.
The 50k will begin at 8:00AM and the shuttle will be leaving Red Barn Park at 6:30AM. Bib Pickup will be from 7:00 to 7:45AM at the starting line.
The after-party at the Red Barn Park will bring you back to life with delicious food and some 10 Barrel beer and AVID hard cider. Awards will go three-deep for each ago group as well as the top three male and female winners, and raffle prizes from the sponsors will be awarded as well.
Get the Wy’east Wonder on your agenda today!!
When: Sunday, June 12th, 20222. 50M starts at 6:00AM and 50k starts at 8:00AM
Where: Bennett Pass Sno Park, Parkdale, OR. No parking is allowed here and shuttle will pick up racers at the Red Barn Park, (4943 Baseline Dr, Mt Hood, OR 97041.)
Cost: 50 Miler $150, 50k $125
Register: Get on the waiting list here
Packet Pick-Up: Bennett Pass Sno Park on race morning. Photo ID will be required.