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Grey Rock Trail Run Features 50K, 25K and 12 K distances
On July 13th, the 9th Annual Grey Rock Trail Run will take place 30 miles west of Yakima, at the Tree Phones Campground near Tampico, in the Ahtanum State Forest. The field is limited to the first 150 runners, who will compete in 50K, 25K, and 12K runs. The 50K features over 6,000 feet of elevation gain and loss! The shorter distances can even be hiked instead of run if you prefer.
If you are not up to these distances there is still ample opportunity to just watch the race or volunteer to help. The start times are: 50K at 7:00am (earlier start time for those that need extra time to make the 1pm checkpoint), 25K 7:30 am and 12K at 7:45 am. Registration opens at 5:30 am.
Each finisher will receive a custom aluminum water bottle from Liberty Bottles (made in Yakima) and a meal. Proceeds got o the Hard Core Runner Club, a non-profit that gives scholarships to deserving local high school distance runners.
When asked what is special about the Grey Rock Trail Run, event organizer Eric Anderson said, “It is a unique opportunity to participate in an endurance event on a single track forested trails in the beautiful, but rugged Cascade Mountains. The 50K race is definitely a different beast.” The race starts at 4,000 foot elevation and climbs to over 6,000 feet with major climbs and descents along the way. “The views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams and the surrounding valleys are beautiful,” Anderson said.
The race is fully staffed with aid station volunteers, emergency radio communications and volunteers on four wheel ATV vehicles just in case of an emergency.
Please Note: A Washington State Discover Pass is required as the site is located within the Ahtanum State Forest. Click here to go to the Hard Core Runners website to sign up. For more information, please call Eric Anderson, 509-961-4680.