I came away from organizing the Tahoe 200 Endurance Run with even more energy and inspiration to create another 200 mile event. I felt like I could've gone either way: never wanting to direct another 200 or be enamored with the distance. Happily, it was the latter. I chose Washington for obvious reasons: it is chock full of amazing mountains and extremely varied terrain and it is my home state, so I know it very well.
|Bridge of the Gods|
|Celebrating the finish of the 2014 Tahoe 200 Sept. 9|
|When I get an idea in my head I cannot stop until I've accomplished it. Shouldn't be long now :)|
Some quick details about the new race:
Proposed race date: Aug 7-11, 2015 (4 days /100 hr cut off like the T200, but possibly a 4.5-5 day cut off depending on findings from my fastpack adventures)
Registration date: TBD, depends on permits. Hoping for Nov/Dec. What type of entry? Most likely first come/first serve (my preference), but possibly lottery if we are limited to fewer entrants.
Elevation Gain: Between 50,000-55,000 Slightly more descent than ascent according to Caltopo
Mileage: Around 215 miles. Caltopo says 200, but it's already coming out longer in the first 100 miles.
Start: Washington State, near Mount St. Helens
Finish: High School in Cascade Locks, WA
Entry Limit: Again, depends on permits. I will ask for 140 entrants and go from there.
Race will be very similar to the Tahoe 200 with 4-5 Sleep Stations, well stocked aid stations 7-20 miles apart, full medical & communications team.
ALL details subject to permitting and may change which is why I'm not getting into specific trail names.
|Breeze, rain, mist, it was cold in early October!|
|See the elk?|