Orcas Island 50k Race Reports

Below are some race reports from the Orcas Island 50k trail ultra, held last weekend in Washington State:

  • Jen Segger –  I had forgotten how beautiful the Orcas trail network was and I HIGHLY recommend you get there and check it out. Miles of sweet, smooth, buttery single track and phenomenal views of the San Juan Islands from the top of the mountain…
  • Bronco Billy – This was a quick power trip to Orcas solo. It was good to get back to James’ race, it’s a killer course. Hard, tons of climbing…7500 ft and a great scene…
  • Run Now – of course the race was incredible. It always is. Did you look outside on Saturday? It was sunny and hot. Definitely not February-esque. The trails were outstanding as always. 99% snow free, rolling, steep, and nice and mulchy. The trees were an amazing contrast of green to the orange peet below. The company was even better…
  • Proximity to Water – Running on Orcas Island feels like it’s become a little part of my soul at this point. It being the first trail race I ever ran, two years ago now, it holds by nature a special place within me – but it’s also just hands down my favorite race…
  • Just Another Goat – I went into Orcas not having any expectations. I thought I could have a solid run, or I could be tired, but didn’t think at all about goals or strategy. The gun went off and I set out with the intention to run hard, but about a mile into it on Saturday, I pulled back for reasons that are kind of hard to explain…
  • Nicola Gildersleeve – I have wanted to do Orcas Island 50km for a few years now. I was signed up in 2010 but had to transfer my entry because I was unable to race. I was lucky enough to enter this sold out event and was excited to be taking part. With a 100km looming over my head on March 17, I figured I should be able to at least run 50km by this point…
  • Constant Stride – f I wasn’t already convinced that ultrarunning is the greatest sport on earth, this last weekend tipped the scales. Combine beautiful soft trails with clear blue skies, amazing scenery and good friends, and I’m hooked…
  • Running with 4 muddy paws – Orcas Island 50k is another Rainshadow Running event and it is a tough and beautiful run.  Every year I’ve done it, I have been lucky to have pretty decent weather…

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