DECEPTION PASS 50K
SATURDAY, december 8th, 2018 DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK, WA
Race starts @ 8 am- west point amphitheater
click here for cancellation policy & bib transfer info
Taking place at Deception Pass State Park which is named for the narrow and dramatic channel of water that separates Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands in the northern Puget Sound. The area is famous for it's rugged coastline, steep cliffs, dense forests and great views. The race covers just about every inch of the park, running at times right at sea level and other times high above on bluffs and hills and twice crosses the pass itself via the historic Deception Pass Bridge which sits about 180 feet above the water. There are no mountains or long climbs like many of our other Rainshadow Running Races but make no mistake Deception Pass 50k is still a tough race with it's technical footing, narrow, twisty trails and at times steep grades. It maybe be one of our faster courses but it's still a good challenge!
Elevation gain: ~4300 Feet
Cutoff Time: 8 hours
Click Here for Course Map, Elevation Profile and Detailed Route Description.
Click here for the most recent Official Deception Pass Race Video by Project Talaria
The entry fee is $105 (not including fees). Race shirt is not included, but may be purchased during registration. The lottery will be open May 1st - May 10th, 2018. Names will be drawn and announced no later than May 14th. If your name is drawn, you will be sent a confirmation email from Ultrasignup at which time your card will be charged. If you are not drawn in the lottery, your card will not be charged. If you are unsure whether you were chosen in the lottery, you can view the public entrants list on Ultrasignup. There will be no wait list for this race.
Race Weekend Timeline:
- 6:30 am: Runner Check-in Begins at West Point Amphitheater (DON'T FORGET YOUR PHOTO ID)
- 7:55 am: Pre-Race Briefing
- 8:00 am: 50K Race Start
- 8:30 am: Runner Check-in Begins at West Point Amphitheater (DON'T FORGET YOUR PHOTO ID)
- 9:30 am: Kids 1K Race Start
- 9:55 am: Pre-Race Briefing
- 10:00 am: 25K Race Start
The closest hotel is the Fidalgo Country Inn, located about 15 miles from the race start. There are plenty of lodging choices available in Anacortes and Oak Harbor, both of which are approximately 20 minutes from the start line.
You will need a Discover Pass to park in Deception Pass State Park. Click here to purchase yours.
Our races strive to use as few disposable products as possible, therefore our aid stations will have just a tiny amount of cups, we highly recommend that runners carry their own cup or bottle or other drinking vessel. We will have Ultra Aspire collapsible cups for sale at the race for $5 or you can buy one in advance online and pick it up at the race. Our aid stations always feature plenty of water, potato chips, PB&J, fresh fruit (oranges, bananas, grapes), chocolate/candy, GU gels and GU Brew, and various types of soda.
Runners who would like to have a drop bag, with special personal supplies such as specific foods/drinks or extra clothes, at the aid stations can do so and leave their bag, labeled with their name, bib number and Aid Station name at check-in.
There are two aid stations locations which the runners go through multiple times Bowman Bay (miles 5.5 & 7.3) and Cornet (miles 14.6, 21.4, and 28.2.)
There are three cutoff times during the race that runners need to make:
- 10:30AM at Bowman Bay (mile 7.3)
- 1:30PM at Cornet the second time (mile 21.4)
- 3:25PM at Cornet the third time (mile 28.2)
The goal is to have all runners at the finish by 4pm because sunset is at 4:17pm and we do not want anyone--runners or volunteers out on the course after dark! These times are when you must be leaving the aid station by not arriving by. Also please be nice to the aid station volunteers who have to enforce these cutoff times and accept your fate with grace if you're not able to make it out of the aid station on time.
Kids 1K Race Sunday Dec 10th:
The kids will run a 1 kilometer loop trail that is right along the water at the race start/finish area at West Beach Amphitheater. The run is open to kids of all ages and parents can run with their kids if they want to. The run will start just prior to the start of the 25K race Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
Post Race Party:
Those of you have run Rainshadow races in the past know just what a great party our race-weekends are.
At the finish, we'll have live bluegrass music, fresh, wood-fired pizza made by Pizza Jim & Co, in addition to a slew of other finish-line goodies (including gluten-free & vegan options). The post race food and drink is free to all runner, volunteers, and their friends and family, but is not open to the public. There is beer available for those over 21; please have your ID ready if you are going to enjoy alcoholic beverages.
Crew Access and Driving Directions:
Deception Pass State Park is located on both Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island, on both the north and south sides of Deception Pass.
To get to the start/finish area at West Point Amphitheater, these directions should help. Please park in the North/West Beach Parking lot. The ampitheater is just to the north of the parking lot. Don't forget to display your Discover Pass on your dash. If you do not have one, there is a kiosk in the park where you can purchase a day pass or an annual pass. We will make sure to have plenty of EVENT signs directing you to the start/finish area.
Click here to pre-purchase a Discover Pass. We highly recommend having your pass before race weekend as the kiosk at the park may not accept cards on race morning to purchase a day pass.
There is no crew access at Bowman Bay, but there is crew access at Cornet for the 50K. Click on the link for driving directions to the Cornet Aid Station.
Crews who would like to spectate for the 25K are welcome to study the course map and cheer anywhere along the course, as long as it is not at the aid station, however, they cannot provide aid to their runners. Aid may only be taken at the designated aid stations. If there is anything specific the runners need for the 25K, they can leave it in a drop bag that will be at the Bowman Bay aid station.
Crews will need to display their Discover Pass at all places within the park.
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Past Photos, Reports and Results:
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2017 // 2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013 // 2012 // 2011
2017 Glenn Tachiyama's 50k Photos [Don't forget: You can buy prints directly from Glenn! And you should!]
2014 Glenn Tachiyama's 50k Photos [Don't forget: You can buy prints directly from Glenn! And you should!]
2014 Matt Hagen's 50k Photos [You can also buy prints directly from Matt! And you should!]
2014 Race report by men's second-place in the 50k: Jesse Booi
2014 Race report by Jordan Maki-Richards
2014 Race Report by Alison Naney
2014 Race Reports by two of our 50k sweeps - Dave Swoish & Luke Distelhorst
2014 Race Report by Nicole Aracki
2013 Glenn Tachiyama 50k Photos
2013 Glenn Tachiyama 25k Photos
2013 Photos by Jenny Manning
2013 Photos by Brandon Williams
2013 50k Race Recap by Brandon Williams
2013 50k Race Report by Barry Young
2013 50k Race Report by Alicia Woodside (women's winner)
2013 50k Race Report by Elliot Rushton
2013 25k Race Report by Adrienne Bee Lane
2012 50k Race Report by Seth Wolpin
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