Cougar Mountain Trail Running Series returns

April 24, 2012

By Staff

Annual event benefits King County parks

A Pacific Northwest tradition returns next month to King County’s Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park: The 10th-annual SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Running Series.

The series gets under way May 12 with a 5-mile run – the first of five races on various stretches of Cougar Mountain’s scenic, 36-mile trail network. Runs of eight, 10, 13.1 and a final race of 31 miles (with an option to run a 20-mile race instead) are scheduled in the following months.

Produced by Northwest Trail Runs and the Seattle Running Club, the race series not only introduces hundreds of people to Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of fantastic trails, but it also benefits King County Parks.

Volunteer work groups from the trail-running community spend an average of 150 hours each year doing trail restoration work, including improving trail surface conditions, invasive weed removal and picking up trash.

Such work has contributed to Cougar Mountain’s status as one of the nation’s best trail-running locations, according to Runners World magazine.

“Our longstanding partnership creates a fantastic race series for the running community, and greatly benefits all parks visitors with a cleaner and more enjoyable environment,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

“Cougar Mountain is practically synonymous with trail running,” said Eric Bone, the trail running series director and SRC member. “The park’s large size, proximity to the metropolitan area, variety of terrain and extensive trail network make it an unparalleled recreation venue.”

In addition to volunteer labor performed by SRC members, $15 from each racer’s individual event fee goes toward King County Parks maintenance and improvements. This support has exceeded $80,000 since the race series’ inception.

2012 races

  • Race 1 – 5 miles: Saturday, May 12 – $35 preregistered, $45 at race
  • Race 2 – 8 miles: Saturday, June 16 – $35 preregistered, $45 at race
  • Race 3 – 10 miles: Saturday, July 7 – $35 preregistered, $45 at race
  • Race 4 – 13.1 miles: Saturday, Aug. 11 – $40 preregistered, $50 at race
  • Race 5 – 50 kilometers or 20 miles: Sunday, Oct. 28 – 50k $62 preregistered, $75 at race; 20-mile $47 preregistered, $60 at race
  • Series package for races 1-4 (no 50K): $120

Register in advance at any of three North Face stores: Downtown Seattle, University Village or Bellevue Square. Day-of-race registration and start will be at the Sky Country trailhead off 166th Way Southeast.

Learn more or pre-register online at http://nwtrailruns.com.

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