|Bushwacker and me|
The course starts near Cascade Locks, Oregon. It begins with a steady uphill and stunning waterfalls with views of the Columbia River Gorge. After the first few miles we began the first decent with many views of waterfalls, moss covered rocks, all on very runnable single track trails.
The last third of the race has fewer waterfall views, instead there are views of the Columbia River Gorge and a lot of running in the mossy and magical woods. Overall the elevation gain and decline is pretty mild, probably around 5,000 feet gain. On the GPS James got 6,000 feet, but on the Garmin Bushwacker got 5,000 feet. The course feels "rolling" and will likely be a fast race, with lots of runnable hills.
This race is sure to be one of the most scenic 50k's in the Northwest! Don't miss it... March 12, 2011
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|Bushwacker and James|
|Columbia River Gorge|
|James and me|
|Bushwacker admires the views|
|There was no way you could go over this bridge and NOT get wet from the waterfall's spray. Very refreshing!|
|This couple had all the gear, basically our polar opposite :)|
|Bushwacker thought he saw a Hobbit over here|
|Finished the day off with some Sushi in Portland at Bamboo|
Recovery run at Forest Park in Portland. Hey-- you P-towners have some pretty sweet trails right in town!
|Forest Park, Portland|
|top of the hill|
|Rainshadow Running's new headquarters|
|More views of Portland, Forest Park|