2 Jul 2012
Beacon Rock 50k
A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of running the Beacon Rock 50k. Located in the Beacon Rock State Park in Southern Washington, we opted to drive down and crash in Hood River Oregon the night before the race. A classic Rainshadow Running event, there was free camping and a smattering of fun group activities offered. As fun as it sounded we decided to use our limited time to explore Hood River and Portland instead – tax free shopping and some pool side rays.
The race its self was a double loop of a 25k course. With one major aid station you passed 4 times in a figure 8 style trail loop, and another aid station at the finish/25k turnaround. The support out on course was class and the course itself challenging, yet entirely runnable, with 2 major climbs, some fun technical downhill and a bit of fire road thrown in to link it all up. I was using the race as a training run and met some great characters along the way. Big congrats to Katie who placed 3rd placed female and who had the pleasure of my company for the day. Congrats to MCB as well who came out and ran 6:39 on limited training and put up with Katie and I for the 12+ hours of car travel.