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Where's Waldo 100K Trail Run and 2 Person Relay
3rd Saturday in August, Willamette Pass Ski Area, Oregon, 5:00AM Start or 3:00 AM for the slower people.
App and info: Click on Where's Waldo 100K above.
The Where's Waldo 100K Ultramarathon is a challenging 100K loop-type course starting at Willamette Pass Ski Area (70 miles east of Eugene, Oregon) at elevation 5120', climbing up several mountains including Fuji, The Twins, and Maiden Peak before returning to the ski area. The route is 98% single-track trails with some fairly remote sections and has many incredible views of pristine Waldo Lake. It is not a beginner-level ultra and participation in the race should not be taken lightly. Along with the 100K ultramarathon there is a 2 person relay. The first member runs the first 33 miles and the second runner runs the remaining 29 miles.
According to Tom Janzen:
Tom's 2004 race update:
As for myself, I ran the relay division starting at the 3am early start (regular start is 5 am with a 9pm cutoff), and needed all of that extra time to complete the 33 mile 1st leg, arriving at Charlton Lake for the partner switch shortly after noon. As you can see from the attached photo, the trail is pine needle covered single track shaded most of its length by heavy timber. The race again was extremely well organized with a lot of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers at the aid stations. The scenery along this course cannot be beat, and the weather and temperature again this year were excellent. I camped out at the start so I could roll out of the sack and make that early start easier; there are also cabins and motels not far away.
This race is permanently on my personal race calendar; I highly recommend that Flyers and other socal runners will consider scheduling it next year. It is the type of terrain, scenery, and trail footing that we just don't see here at our many southern Californian trails. Anyone who is interested can check out the race website, or give me a call.
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