Thanks for making the inaugural year of the NW Mountain Trail Series so successful. In 2014, we are very excited to offer a few new races: Smith Rock Ascent 50K, Dog Mountain 20K/30K and the Wilson River Trail 50K.

This trail race series consists of ten challenging courses of varying distances and terrain. Whether it’s 10K or 100 miles, we promise to challenge you and give you a memorable race experience.  The Series was created to celebrate running in the mountains with friends, and although it will have a low-key vibe, you can expect it to be well-organized with real-time race results, well-stocked aid stations, cheerful volunteers, great post-race grub and sponsors that make the best products around.

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Smith Rock Ascent:
This 15-mile race quickly rises above the dramatic cliffs in one of Oregon’s most scenic state parks. With over 3,000 vertical gain, the route ascends to the top of Gray Butte with panoramic views of central Oregon and the Three Sisters.  Then your reward, an almost uninterrupted descent with spectacular views of the sheer rock faces that make Smith Rock State Park a mecca for climbers. Sure to be an instant classic, the 50K is a lollipop style course that involves ~4500 ft of elevation gain has amazing views of the Cascade mountains, the sheer rock faces at Smith Rock State Park and the unique beauty of the grasslands. 75% of the course is on sweet single-track trails.

Mt. Hood 50: This 50-miler attracts runners from across the US and sells out quickly.  It is run on beautiful sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and has amazing views of Mt. Hood.



Dog Mountain 10K/20K/30K: A steep run on single-track trails with fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  The race summits Dog Mountain in Washington and will give you nearly 3,000 feet of vertical gain, starting and finishing at the Dog Mountain trailhead. The 20K and 30K repeat the 10K course two and three times.

Volcanic 50:  The only trail race to circumnavigate an active volcano in the U.S., this rugged trail race around Mt. St. Helens is one tough race.  This 50K+ race, which was featured on the cover of Ultrarunning Magazine, is not for the timid and including some of the most barren terrain in the world.

Mountain Lakes 100: One of the newest and most beautiful 100-milers in the country. Starting at Olallie Lake, and running next to more than 25 lakes, this race features the best trail running Oregon has to offer – technical and rocky sections, views of mountain peaks in every direction, and 60 luscious miles on some of the best sections of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Elk-King’s Mtn Traverse: A steep and technical 15-mile course run on single-track trails in Oregon’s Tillamook State Forest.  Runners will summit two mountains in the coast range – Elk and King’s– and enjoy 5,800 feet of vertical gain.

 Race                                     Date                        Distance                Registration**
 Smith Rock Ascent             6/14/14                15M/50K                   11/21/13
 Mt. Hood 50                        7/12/14                    50M                          1/5/14
 Dog Mountain                    7/26/14            10K/20K/30K               11/21/13
 Volcanic 50                          9/6/14                     50K                          11/21/13
 Mountain Lakes 100          9/27-28/14           100M                         11/21/13
 Elk-Kings Mtn. Traverse   10/18/14              15M/50K                     3/7/14

**Register for all the races in the Series and we’ll give you a sweet Patagonia NW Mountain Trail Series fleece hat.**

Course Maps:  2013 NWMTS Maps. 2014 maps will be posted soon.

Post-Race Festivities:
Each (albeit Dog Mountain) event features a BBQ for all participants, families and volunteers.  We hope you stay and enjoy the fun!

The top three males and females and the top masters finishers will receive sweet products from our sponsors.  We’ll also have a post-race raffle after each event.

Series winners will receive even better awards from our sponsors. We’ll award the Series prizes at the conclusion of the Elk-Kings Mtn Traverse race held at the beautiful Tillamook Forest Center.

Series Rules:

  • You receive points when you finish a Series race.
  • The sum of your points will determine your final score for the Series.
  • You must run at least four races in 2014 to qualify for Series awards.
  • If you run more than four races, your final score will use the points from your highest points in four of your races.
  • Awards are presented to the top three male and female runners, as well as the top male/female masters (40 and older) runners
  • Awards are presented at the final race in the Series.

Scoring System:
Every race in the Series is worth up to 100 points, and your score is based on your time compared to the winning time. The winning time for each race is divided by your time and that percentage is then multiplied by 100 to get your score.  The winning male and female will each get 100 points.

Example: In the first race, which is 15 miles, the winner, Amy, ran a 1:30:00. Amy’s score for that race would be 100 points.  Kelly ran 2:00:00, so her score for that race is calculated by dividing Amy’s time (1:30) by her own time (2:00) and multiplying the result (.75) by 100.  The result would be .75 X 100, or 75 points.

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