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You run, climb, and probably shuffle along a variety of trails, from singletrack to forest road, straight up Rock Candy Mountain, the coolest named hill in the area. In just a little over 3.5 miles you climb 1,800ft to reach the summit. And yes, the actual summit. There, collect your high-fives, and head back down while greeting some poor folks still fighting the uphill climb - cheer them on, as you will be back there soon enough.
This race is not for the faint of heart. The route will lead you along a steep trail over gnarly roots and rocks which will make anyone smile, or maybe cry.
This is a mountain race without the altitude.
A twelve hour trail running adventure in Olympia, Washington.
Let's go hunting for VERT in the Capitol Forest.
The race course is out-and-back course. It's steep. With a mix of terrain.
You will climb 1,800 ft. in about 3 miles to reach the summit of Rock Candy Mountain. From there its all downhill.
All racers will run the same route, some just more often than others.
The course will be marked well with ribbons, signage and other visible markers. Consult the map for exact details for the course.
We will have a full aid station at the start/finish line and a water station at the summit turnaround.
You must check in at the summit with the aid station staff, failure to do so will result in a DNF.
Join our Strava group to stay up to date with upcoming opportunities to explore the courses.
To park at the trailhead starting line you need a WA State Discover Pass.
Super important! You must fill out this waiver (coming soon) and bring it with you. No bib will be handed out without a filled out waiver. Yes, we will have extra on race day.
Race packets can be picked up on race day starting at 4:30am at the race headquarters at the Rock Candy trailhead.
There is a good sized parking lot at the Rock Candy trailhead. Please carpool if you can to the start line.
The Rock Candy Mountain Run is a cupless race. Bring a collapsible cup for fluids at the aid stations. In our effort to reduce waste we will have very few trash cans at the event. We aim to recycle an and compost most of our waste. Please be mindful of our environment.
The Rock Candy Mountain Run will take place on September 16th, so it could be warm or not, this is the Pacific Northwest after all. You're running almost entirely in the forest, so it won't be insanely hot.
The trails around Rock Candy Mountain are mixed use and there's a good chance you will encounter moto & mountain bike user and hikers. Please be respectful of all user and share the trail.
10517 Rock Candy Mountain Rd SW - Olympia, WA 98512