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Come run a late winter trail race and enjoy views of Middle and Upper Wallace Falls, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, and whatever weather nature throws our way.
The loop course is a mix of trail and gravel road grade with some steep climbing, flat to rolling sections, and winding descent. There is about 2400 ft of elevation gain for the half marathon, 4200 ft for the 22.4 mi, and 6000 ft for the 50 km. Time limit extended to 10 hours for 50 km.
Proceeds to be donated to Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue to help support their mission, “That others may live!”
Wallace Falls Trail Run follows a loop course, with an out and back near the middle of the first loop. Runners will start at the Wallace Falls trailhead, run up the Woody trail, out the upper grade (logging road) to the Wallace Lake aid station, down the Greg Ball trail and the RR Grade trail back to the start/finish and trailhead aid station. On the first loop, at the Wallace Lake aid station, runners will also run out to Jay Lake and back, then continue the loop. Half marathon runners will have a short out and back on the RR grade before turning onto the Woody trail. Runners doing the 22.4 mi will run a second loop without the Jay Lake out and back. Runners doing the 50 km will run 2nd and 3rd loops without the Jay Lake out and back. The 50k may actually be closer to 52k.
On the Woody trail, runners will have views of the Wallace River and Middle and Upper Wallace Falls. Runners will have views of the Skykomish valley from the upper grade, and if it’s not too cloudy, all the way out to the Olympic mountains. There are also great lake views at the Wallace Lake aid station and around the lake toward the Jay Lake trail.
Most of the climbing is on the Woody trail. It has several short climbs and descents early, then gets steeper nearing the waterfalls. The upper grade, road grade around Wallace Lake and Jay Lake trail are flat to rolling with a couple short climbs. The road grade to the Greg Ball trail has a short climb, followed by a moderate rolling descent. Most of the downhill is on the single track Greg Ball trail, which has some flowing twists and turns, a couple steeper sections and a few switchbacks. The RR Grade to the finish is mostly downhill, about 500ft over 2.3 mi with a couple small rollers.
Expect to get your feet wet whether or not it’s raining, which is very likely this time of year. Depending on how wet the Winter is, there could be multiple water crossings.
*Race distances and elevation gains are based on GPS data and might be slightly off.
There will be full aid stations with water, electrolyte drink, fruit, carb rich snacks and salty snacks at Wallace Lake and the trailhead start/finish area. If you have specific dietary or other needs, carry them with you. Drop bags and crew are also allowed between loops for 50 km and 22.4 mi runners at the start/finish area.
Approximate aid station distances:
50 km: 5 mi, 8 mi, 12.65 mi, 17.7 mi, 22.4 mi, 27.4 mi, finish 32 mi
22.4 mi: 5 mi, 8 mi, 12.65 mi, 17.7 mi, finish 22.4 mi
half marathon: 5.5 mi, 8.5 mi, finish 13.1
Please try to check in at least 30 minutes before your race start time. Pre-race briefings will begin about 10 minutes before each race starts.
6:30 am – packet pick up opens
7:00 – early start for 50 km runners expecting to take over 10 hours
8:00 – 50 km race start
8:30 – 22.4 mi race start
9:00 – half marathon race start
12:00 – 50 km cut off to start loop 2
1:50 – 22.4 mi cut off to start loop 2
3:00 – 50 km cut off to start loop 3
6:00 – course closes all for distances
Event details subject to change; check event websites for details.