Cougar Mountain is ‘gnarliest’ for trail running novices

June 22, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 5 p.m. June 22, 2011

Outdoors NW magazine named the popular Cougar Mountain Trail Running Series as No. 1 for novice runners in the inaugural Gnarliest Trail Running Event Awards.

The magazine announced the awards Wednesday. Magazine staffers combed through information about dozens of trail races in the Pacific Northwest to determine the nastiest, gnarliest, toughest and best races.

The magazine ranked the Orcas Island 25K/50K, due to the event’s stunning views of the San Juan Islands, Olympic and Cascade mountains; a heart-pounding single-track course up and down Mount Constitution and the all-weekend race party on the island, including a post-race keg and live music.

For Cougar Mountain, the magazine ranked the Issaquah Alps series as the best for newbies.

Runners can pick up free copies of the edition at most Seattle-area outdoor stores, coffee shops and libraries.

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