Trail runners are invited to Grand Ridge event
July 30, 2013
By Neil Pierson
Hard-core runners from the Pacific Northwest will converge in Issaquah on Aug. 3 for the Grand Ridge Trail Run.
The event takes place at Grand Ridge Park, near Exit 20 off Interstate 90, and will include four distances: 5 miles, half-marathon (13.1 miles), marathon (26.2 miles) and 50 kilometers (31.2 miles).
The races are part of the Evergreen Trail Runs series. Aid stations stocked with water and food will dot the course. Race organizers have teamed with The Balanced Athlete in Renton, which will raffle a pair of shoes and socks to participants.
Registration forms are available online at www.evergreentrailruns.com. The cost to run is $33 for 5 miles, $44 for half-marathon, $50 for marathon and $55 for 50K. Space is limited, and registration costs rise by $10 on race day if slots are left.
Runners in the 50K and marathon divisions will start at 8 a.m., followed by half-marathon runners at 9 a.m. and 5-milers at 9:30 a.m. A pre-run briefing will take place 15 minutes prior to the start of each race.
The 5-mile course is a loop that starts a half-mile after the start and follows single-track trails uphill to the ballfields in the Issaquah Highlands. The course gains 750 feet in elevation and is wide enough to allow for easy passing.
The half-marathon course also follows a loop that traverses the entire Grand Ridge Park. The elevation gain is 2,000 feet. Marathon runners will cover two loops, while 50K runners will do two loops, plus the 5-mile course, for a total elevation gain of 5,500 feet.
The trails will be open to the public during the event, so participants are encouraged to be courteous and cautious.