By Mathias Eichler
Winter, trails, darkness, and all the weather.
One last hurrah before the end of the year. Runners, get ready for a fun and festive holiday treat along the trails of Squaxin Park.
Brand new trail race, announced just today:
100 mile mountain trail run on much of Mt. Hood’s most diverse and famous terrain! Featuring a super crew-accessible lollipop-style course with 17,700’ of ascent and 17,700’ descent, Hood Hundred offers a truly epic and memorable mountain trail endurance run experience.
Same weekend (Aug 3/+4, 2024) as my Beast of Big Creek race, but I won’t call them a monopoly. This new event is also on the same weekend as Go Beyond Racing’s popular Volcanic 50 and Wonderland Running’s Dark Divide races. This means, the first weekend in August will now have trail races on Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood. Daybreak Racing has now 11 races in their portfolio. UTMB has seven in North America (including it’s partnership with Western States).
With all this talk about UTMB being SO expensive, it’s worth pointing out again that US trail races are in general more expensive. But further, I wouldn’t even be surprised if race directors are secretly hoping that UTMB would charge more so it creates a ceiling for them to fit under. And if you come back at me saying that UTMB is so expensive because they require qualification into their lottery by acquiring stones then I would just tell you to sit tight and wait for the local race to sell out year after year and see what lottery/requirements the local RD thinks up to manage the growing interest in their races.
Again, no shade here at Daybreak, this race looks like a fantastic addition to the PNW trail racing scene. And if Daybreak thinks it can add more races to the calendar then it seems to me that our sport and community is ready to handle more events in general. We seem to not be maxed out yet.