Friday, January 20, 2006

Upcoming Ultras - Pacific USA

28th Annual Jed Smith Ultra Classic 50 Mile and 50K, Sacramento, CA, 8:00am, Sat, Feb 4, 2006. 3.31-mile loop course, flat and fast; half road, half dirt trail. Two well stocked aid stations per loop. 6:00pm cut-off for all events. Fee-pre $45/50; Fee-post $55/60 after January 20. Dri-release shirt to all entrants, awards to top 20% of each 10-year age-group. Also a 30-km. Steve Wetmore, PO Box 19908 Sacramento, CA 95819. (916) 362-8112 (h). Email:; Web:

4th Annual Lord Hill Trails 50K, Snohomish, WA, 7:30am, Sat, Feb 4, 2006. Eleven-mile repeated loop course with 1,850 feet of gain per loop. On trail and gravel/rocky roads through hilly wooded surroundings. Time limit: 8 hrs. Field limit: 100. No fee, minimal aid at end of each loop and finish to include water, sports beverage, soup, fruit, and some snacks. No shirts or awards. Tim Lofton, 8316 74th Dr., NE, Marysville, WA 98720. (425) 280-6158 (h). Email:; Web:

Susitna 100 Mile, Big Lake, AK, 9:00am, Sat, Feb 18, 2006. A 100-mile wilderness race on frozen lakes and woodland trails in Alaska, north of Anchorage. Some of the race is on the histroic Iditarod Trail, which is sued on the annual Iditarod dogsled race to Nome. Survival gear required. Remote checkpoints located about 20 miles apart. Mandatory pre-race meeting and gear check aThursday, February 16, 5:30pm. No race day registration. Time limit: 48 hours. Fee-pre $225; fee-post $350 after January 1. T-shirts, finishers' awards and post-race dinner. Rita Wade, 14424 Canyon Road, Anchorage, AK 99516. (907) 345-2282 (h).
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Little Su 50K, Big Lake, AK, 11:00am, Sat, Feb 18, 2006. A 50-km out-and-back course on forzen lakes and trails. Turnaround is at the scenic sign "Nome 1,049 miles" on the histroic Iditarod dogsled trail. Required gears is an insulated two-quart container of water and a light source. Time limit: 12 hrs. Field limit: 100. Fee-pre $50; fee-post $80 after January 1. T-shirts, finishers' awards andn post-race dinner. Rita Wade, 14424 Canyon Road, Anchorage, AK 99516. (907) 345-2282 (h). Email:;

Hagg Lake Trail Runs, Forest Grove, OR, 8:00am, Sat, Feb 25, 2006. Two loops on single-track around Hagg Lake. The course is approximately 90% trail with the remainder on paved and dirt roads. Kickoff run for the 2006 Oregon Trail Series. Time limit: 8 hrs. Field limit: 125. Fee-pre $50; fee-post $55 after February 1. Patagonia shirt, post-race food. Ronda Sundermeier or Stacey Bunton, 16200 SW Pacific Hwy., Suite H, PO Box 194, Tigard, OR 97224. (503) 590-3293 (h). Email:;

3rd Annual Fund Run 50K, Snohomish, WA, 8:00am, Sat, Feb 25, 2006. Mostly flat, paved converted rail path, out-and-back. Fee: $25. No shirt, no awards, limited aid, fund-raiser for YMCA Invest in Youth Program. Alternative shorter distances may be run. Kendall Kreft, 11305 30th Street NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258. (425) 334-8401 (h).

15th Annual Way Too Cool 50K, Cool, CA, 8:00am, Sat, Mar 11, 2006. ENTRY CLOSED. Greg Soderlund, 2217 Ryedale Lane, Sacramento, CA 95835. (916) 387-8796. Email:; Web:

2nd Annual March Mudness 50/100K, Portland, OR, 7:00am/9:00am, Sat, Mar 25, 2006. Single-track trail in world's largest forested city park. 50-km one way, 100-km out-and-back. Field limit: 300. Fee-pre $60; fee-post $70 after March 15. Fleece jacket to all participants, three deep finishers' awards in open and masters, unique trophies to the event. Burgers, chili and drinks at finish. Bob Boss, 3316 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227. (503) 970-4228. Email:; Web:

27th Annual American River 50 Mile Endurance Run, Sacramento, CA, 6:00am, Sat, Apr 1, 2006. Starts in Sacramento and follows paved bike trail along the American River Parkway for first 24 miles. Last 26 miles follow the North Fork of the American River from Folsom Lake to the finish line in Auburn, using fire roads and single-track horse trails. 1,000 feet of climb in last three miles. Time limit: 13 hrs. $80 before March 11; $95 after March 11. Entries close March 18. Quality finishers' garment. Pre-race banquet and trail briefing. Limited to 500. Ideal Western States 100 Mile qualifier and first-time 50-miler. Greg Soderlund, 2217 Ryedale Lane, Sacramento, CA 95835. (916) 387-8796.
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4th Annual Peterson Ridge Rumble 60K, Sisters, OR, 8:00am, Sun, Apr 9, 2006. Mostly trail with some dirt road sections. Gentle, uphill first third, rolling middle third with a few short "grunt" sections, and gentle, downhill final third. Fast finish. Mud likely, and snowy sections possible. Dog-friendly 30-km option. Time limit: 8 hrs. (9 early start). Field limit: 300. Fee-pre $35; fee-post $40 after March 25. Post-race BBQ, showers, and finishers' rumble socks. Sean Meissner, PO Box 2082, Sisters, OR 97759. (541) 549-1298 (h).
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2nd Annual Captitol Peak 50 Mile, Olympia, WA 6:00am, Sat, Apr 15, 2006. Forested, single-track, trail course with three 15 to 20-mile loops throughout Capitol State Forest. Elevation gain is approximately 7,300 feet. Biggest climb 2,000 feet up Capitol Peak at 2, 659 in elevation. Race also includes a 50-mile, two and four-person releaty team division. Time limit: 14 hrs. Field limit: 200. Fee-pre $60; fee-post $70 after March 31. Entry fee includes polypropylene t-shirt and post-race dinner. John Pearch, 5040 Donavan Dr., SE #3, Olympia, WA 98501. (360) 455-1400. Email:;

14th Annual Leona Divide 50 Mile Run, Lake Hughes, CA, 6:00am, Sat, Apr 22, 2006. One loop plus an out-and-back on dirt roads and the Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest. 9,000 feet of climb, with a 28.4-mile run for runners 60 and older on same course as the 50 to mile 24.5, and then back to finish. 50-mile is a SoCal Series race. Time limit: 13 hrs, both races. Fee-pre $55; fee-post $70 after April 18. Custom shirts, finishers' awards, unique age-group awards, free drawing of sponsors' products for all runners, pre-race dinner, and post-race food. Glenda Kimmerly, P.O. Box 305, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070. (760) 765-1149 (h). Email:; Web:

23rd Annual Mount Si 50 Mile and 50K, Snoqualmie, WA, 6:00am, Sun, Apr 23, 2006. 90% on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. 10% country roads. Trail has gentle grade, generally wide. Time limit: 12 hrs/8 hrs. Fee-pre $40; fee-post $50 after April 6. Tech shirt. Willie Sato, P. O. Box 3321, Kirkland, WA 98083-3321. (206) 300-4585.
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3rd Annual Spokane River Run 50K, Spokane, WA, 9:00am, Sun, Apr 23, 2006. All unpaved, loop routes along the Spokane River. Field limit: 500. Fee-pre $49; fee-post $59 after April 14. T-shirt and finishers' awards. Mike Aho, 2527 N. Stevens, Spokane, WA 99205. (509) 324-8804 (h). Email:; Web:

Cosumnes River College 24 Hour Track Run, Sacramento, CA, 9:00am, Sat, Apr 29, 2006. Scenic, college campus setting on a 400-meter dirt track. Restrooms/showers close by. Lap counters provided. Stadium lights for night running, Participant, age-group awards. Limited to 35. Helen and Norman Klein, 11139 Mace River Court, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. (916) 859-0821.

Source: UltraRunning Magazine, "ur calendar," January/February 2006 issue.

--Constance Karras

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