Final Cougar Mountain trail run offers 20-mile, 50-kilometer races

October 23, 2012

By Staff

Organizers of the popular SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series at King County’s Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park have saved the toughest day of racing for last.

After runs of five, eight, 10 and 13 miles earlier this year, trail-run enthusiasts will have their choice of participating in races of 20 miles or 50 kilometers (31.06 miles) Oct. 28.

The costs to enter the races are $47 for the 20-mile run or $62 for the 50-kilometer run. Register at http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=15996.

King County Parks’ sprawling 3,115-acre Cougar Mountain Wildland Park offers runners, walkers and hikers 36 miles of trails that weave through lowland forests, along streams and waterfalls, and past many historic artifacts that serve as vivid reminders of Eastern King County’s past as a center of coalmining activity.

Produced by Northwest Trail Runs and the Seattle Running Club, the race series not only introduces hundreds of people to Cougar Mountain’s fantastic network of scenic 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. Additionally, $15 from every registration is donated to King County Parks to help maintain and operate its 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails and 26,000 acres of open space.

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

Learn more about Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park at www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/inventory/cougar.aspx.

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