TRAIL RUNNING: GOAT Run runners test their mettle Saturday

The Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run
                                Trail running is a major component of the Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run. This year’s GOAT Run will be held Saturday near Joyce.

The Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run Trail running is a major component of the Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run. This year’s GOAT Run will be held Saturday near Joyce.

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The Great Olympic Adventure Trail (GOAT) Run featuring a trail-bound 50-kilometer ultra-marathon, marathon and half-marathon traversing Kelly Ridge between Olympic National Park and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, will be held Saturday.

The route follows the single track Olympic Adventure Trail for the majority of the course — plus some forest road mixed in — and finishes at Log Cabin Resort on Lake Crescent.

Parking and check-in for the 50K and full marathon races are at Crescent School in Joyce. A shuttle will half-marathon runners by shuttle from the finish to Joyce.

The 50K ultra-marathon is the full marathon course, with a 5-mile out-and-back added on the Spruce Railroad Trail on the north shore of Lake Crescent. The race is limited to 100 people and starts at 7:30 a.m. with an 8-hour time limit. Cost is $80.

The full marathon reaches a maximum elevation of 1,619 feet, with a cumulative elevation gain of 3,519 feet over the 26.2-mile course. Like the 50K, the race is limited to 100 people and starts at 8:30 a.m. with a 7-hour time limit. Cost is $70.

The half-marathon is the western half of the full marathon course; note: the 10 a.m. half-marathon is sold out, so when registering for this race, sign up for the 11 a.m. race. Each wave is 100 people maximum. Cost is $50.

Registration closes today.

Packet pickup takes place today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave. in Port Angeles.

Ultra-marathon and marathon runners can park and pick up their packets on race day at Crescent School, 50350 state Highway 112, in Joyce. Packet pick up begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Half-marathoners also can pick up their packets Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Crescent Grange, 50724 state Highway 112 in Joyce.

There are no T-shirts or medals; runners get a GOAT Run pint glass (and drink).

The top male and female in each distance will win a handmade GOAT Run mug made by fellow runner Gay Hunter.

The GOAT Run raises funds to the Peninsula Trails Coalition for the construction and maintenance of the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Olympic Adventure Trail.

The Olympic Adventure Trail (OAT) is a project of Clallam County Road Department. The trail was constructed to be a “temporary” route to connect two sections of the Olympic Discovery Trail while the official trail is constructed. Construction of the 25-mile-long OAT was started in 2004 and was completed in the fall of 2011. Twenty-one miles of the trail is single track, with 4 miles of it logging road.

To register or for more about the race, visit greatoatrun.org.

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