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Sun Mountain 50K & 25K

16 May 2020 (Sat)

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25km, 50km

Sun Mountain 50K & 25K

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Sun Mountain Ultra is the place to be, it is apart of the Rainshadow Running Series. Whether you’re a Rainshadow veteran, or brand new to our race series, we’re glad you’ve found us here! With some of the most beautiful and challenging trail ultras throughout the Northwest.

Located on the east (SUNNY) side of the North Cascades – on the edge of the Chelan Sawtooth Wildereness, above the Methow River Valley – these courses offer great mountain trail running early in the year. The sun shines an average of 5 out of 7 days in the Methow Valley year-round, and for race-day, and (if historic races are any indication) you can expect sun and lots of it come race-day. In partnership with Methow Trails and Sun Mountain Lodge, we’re proud for this to be the first and finest ultra in the Methow Valley.

All three Saturday distances feature all the things you’ll be looking forward to in May: Sun, scenic vistas, runnable trails, wildflowers, and lots of FUN.

After your race, hang out with friends while eating local pizza, drinking local beer, and listening to live bluegrass. Come see what Rainshadow Running is all about! Join our party in the Methow, with a little running thrown in for good measure, and when you go home, you’ll be wondering: Why run anywhere else?

Course Highlights

Start at Chicakdee Trailhead
Head out on Chickadee Trail, Stay straight onto Cabin Trail, Right onto Patterson Lake Trail,
Right onto Rader Creek Tr, Left onto Lower Inside Passage Tr, Left to continue up Inside Passage Tr, Left onto Meadowlark Tr, Left onto Bluejay Tr, Left onto Meadowlark Tr.

Thompson Ridge Aid Station at Meadowlark Trailhead on Thompson Ridge Rd (Mile 8.6)
Right onto unsigned trail soon after crossing the cattle guard(if you come to Upper Inside Passage Tr. you went too far), Left onto Upper Inside Passage Tr, Right onto Pete’s Dragon Tr, Left onto Inside Passage Tr, Almost immediately turn Right to stay on Inside Passage Tr, Cross Thompson Ridge Rd and immediately get onto Overland Tr, Turn right onto Little Wolf Creek Rd, Left onto Yellowjacket Tr and immediately go Left towards Homestead
Turn Left onto Homestead Tr.

Homestead Aid Station at Junction of Homestead Tr and Little Wolf Creek Rd (Mile 17.0)
Turn Right onto Little Wolf Creek Rd, Take first Right towards Fox Tr. And go through Gate to get on Fox Tr, Stay Left at fork, Turn Left onto Black Bear Tr, Turn Right onto Moose Tr and follow all the way up to Sun Mountain Lodge, Go through the Lodge parking lot, through the grass lawn and up the Lodge road, Turn Left onto Kraule Tr, Turn Right onto unofficial trail towards Black Bear Tr, Turn Right onto Black Bear, Turn Left onto Winthrop Tr. 

Patterson Lake Aid Station (Mile 25.2)
Turn Right onto unofficial trail towards Patterson Mountain, Left onto Patterson Loop Trail,
Out and Back to the top of Patterson Mountain, Left to continue on Patterson Loop Trail, 
Left at gates and down towards Patterson Lake Rd, Right onto Patterson Lake Rd, Left onto Cabin Tr, Right onto Chickadee Tr.

Aid Station at Chickadee Trailhead (Mile 31.0)
Head out on Chickadee Trail, Stay straight onto Cabin Trail, Right onto Patterson Lake Trail,
Right onto Rader Creek Tr, Left onto Lower Inside Passage Tr, Left to continue up Inside Passage Tr, Left onto Meadowlark Tr, Left onto Bluejay Tr, Left onto Meadowlark Tr.

Thompson Ridge Aid Station at Meadowlark Trailhead on Thompson Ridge Rd (Mile 39.6)
Right onto unsigned trail soon after crossing the cattle guard (if you come to Upper Inside Passage Tr. you went too far), Left onto Upper Inside Passage Tr, Right onto Pete’s Dragon Tr, Left onto Inside Passage Tr, Almost immediately turn Right to stay on Inside Passage Tr, Cross Thompson Ridge Rd and immediately get onto Overland Tr, Turn right onto Little Wolf Creek Rd, Left onto Yellowjacket Tr and immediately go Left towards Homestead
Turn Left onto Homestead Tr.

Homestead Aid Station at Junction of Homestead Tr and Little Wolf Creek Rd (Mile 48)
Turn Right onto Little Wolf Creek Rd, Take first Right towards Fox Tr. And go through Gate to get on Fox Tr, Stay Left at Fox Tr fork, At fork with Black Bear Tr. go Right this time and head towards Homestead, Turn Right onto Rodeo Tr, Turn Right onto side trail towards Yellowjacket. Turn Left onto Yellowjacket.
Finish at Chickadee Trailhead

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Practicalities

Accommodation

Plenty of lodging is available in Winthrop or Twisp, both of which are within a half-hour of the start/finish. Additionally, there are plenty of camping options in the area.

Aid Stations

There will be six aid stations (some of which you'll run through twice). Aid stations always feature plenty of water, potato chips, PB&J, fresh fruit (oranges, bananas, grapes), chocolate/candy, GU gels and GU Brew, tortillas for gluten-free folks, and tasty Trail Butter inside those tortillas. We'll also have Coke and Ginger Ale. You can also pack your preferred calories in drop bags, and/or carry them with you along the course.

Award Medals

Every male and female race winner receives a one-of-a-kind race print, and a hand-etched growler.

Maximum Time

13 hours

Location

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