Exploding Perception at the 2022 Volcanic 50k/25k

The 2022 Volcanic 50k/25k is an opportunity to explore lava and pumice fields, rivers and dense forested areas surrounding Mt. St. Helens. This scenic race is brought to us by our friends at Go Beyond Racing.

The 50k runners will experience 7400 feet of elevation gain and loss while circumnavigating Mt. St.Helens on Saturday, August 6th from the Marble Mountain Sno-Park at 7:00 AM. The course follows the Loowit Trail for the majority of the race, with the exception of 4.5 miles. Mostly run on single track trails, the course will be beautiful, but challenging. Participants are required to have completed at least one 50k race prior to race day or to have run the Volcanic 25k in a previous year.

Runners will travel clockwise around the mountain and there will be a strict time cut off at the final aid station. Runners must pass the Ape Canyon Aid Station by 4PM. Additionally, all 50k runners are required to carry a light weight (water resistant) jacket, emergency blanket, whistle, and at least 40 ounces of water.

If you’d rather run the 25k, there are no prerequisites for this distance. Additionally, you’ll get the chance to experience running on a volcano without having to commit to running the full distance around it. This course also includes the Loowit tail, as well as some boulder fields, some debris flow, and some scenic woodsy trails. There’s also a great downhill and the race offers runners 3200 feet of gain and loss. This race will occur the day after the 50k, on Sunday August 7th at 8:30AM.

There will be 4 aid stations along the 50k course and 2 aid stations along the 25k course with GU, S-Caps, chips, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and water. Please note that this is a cupless race, so please bring your own hydration vessel. Dogs are not allowed on the course and there are consequences for anyone caught littering along the trail, including disqualification. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Volcano Rescue Team. Formed in 1986, the VRT (Volcano Rescue Team) provides assistance and resources for emergencies and accidents on the mountain. It is run by volunteers and self-supporting.

Online registration is available for the 25k, but the 50k is currently sold out. However, it’s free to join the waiting list, so go for it! The cost of the race is $100 for the 25k and $155 for the 50k. You can pick up your bib race morning from 5:30AM to 6:30AM at the start line of the 50k and from 7:00 to 8:00AM for the 25k that morning. You will need your ID to get your bib, (as well as any required gear for the 50k) so don’t forget, as Go Beyond WILL be checking.

Parking permits are required at Marble Mountain Sno-Park and are included in the entry fee. Spectators will need to purchase a parking permit. It is suggested participants from Portland allow 2 hours to get to the park and anyone traveling from Seattle should allow 4 hours travel time.

There will be post-race meat and veggie burgers for participants and volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome and it’s a great way to check out a race you might be considering. Families can also purchase food for a $7 donation the the beneficiary. The top 3 male and female finishers will receive some great sponsor prizes and all participants will receive a race pint glass. There will also be random prizes given away during the post-race party. Check out their website for a list of accommodations, including camping and some nearby resorts.


What: 2022 Volcanic 50k/25k

When: Saturday, August 6th (50k) and Sunday, August 7th  (25k)

Where: Mt. St. Helens

Cost: 50k is $155 (waitlist only) and 25k is $100

Register: Here

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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