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Port Angeles
Port Angeles, Washington
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The Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run (GOAT Run) is a one-way trail marathon on a route that traverses Kelly Ridge between the Olympic National Park and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington State. The race follows the entire length of the Olympic Adventure Trail (21+ miles of single track and about 4 miles of gravel logging road), and finishes with less than a mile of pave road to get to the finish line at Lake Crescent, inside Olympic National park.

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. on September 6, 2014, and is limited to the first 250 runners. Registration, which starts on May 1, is $65. Runners will park in the town of Joyce, and will be shuttled to the start line. Runners will be shuttled back to their cars in Joyce from the lake when they are ready. Shuttles are free and mandatory.

Packet pickup will take place on Friday, September 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Barhop Brewing & Taproom. On Saturday morning starting at 7:00 am, packet pickup will take place at Crescent Grange in Joyce, Washington. Arrive early enough to check in and be ready for the 8:00 a.m. shuttle.

No t-shirts for this run—runners get a GOAT Run pint glass to commemorate the run. Prizes will be prizes raffled off at the post-run party! A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Peninsula Trails Coalition for the construction and maintenance of the Olympic Discovery Trail and Olympic Adventure Trail.

Event Start Location
Port Angeles, Washington

Course Description
The 26.15-mile course starts near the Elwha River, just ½ mile from the start of a landmark dam removal project (when both dams are removed, the Elwha River will flow freely for the first time in 100 years!).

The route follows the entire length of the Olympic Adventure Trail, 21+ miles of single-track trail and 4 miles of forest road. The final ¾ mile of the race is on a paved road, finishing with a bang as runners enter Olympic National Park at the deep, glacially carved Lake Crescent.

Famous for its turquoise blue waters of exceptional clarity, the lake is the perfect place to end the race. The finish line is at Log Cabin Resort on the lake, and runners will be greeted by stunning lake and mountain views, food, and fun. There are rooms, cabins, and campsites at the resort (how great would it be to have your room right at the finish line?), as well as public showers, restrooms, beach, restaurant and beer!

The course reaches a maximum elevation of 1,722 feet, with a cumulative elevation gain of 2,260 feet over the 26-mile rolling course. The first mile and the last mile are… uh… really hard. The hills in the middle grind on and on. The last logging road stretch? Where it looks flat on the elevation profile? Nope. Misleading. That’s gonna hurt too. Challenging? Absolutely! This is a difficult course. But it’s worth it! The trail is impeccably constructed and maintained, and goes through a variety of forest ages. Highlights include a view up the Elwha Valley from the “living room” at mile 3.5, stunning water views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca over to Vancouver Island in Canada, and an incredible log bridge over Whiskey Creek near the town of Joyce. And of course Lake Crescent, the biggest highlight of them all.

There will be minimal aid stations for the GOAT Run, and runners should be prepared to be self-sufficient and carry water and food as needed. The six aid stations will be at approximately miles 3.2, 7.5, 12.5, 16, 20, and 23. There will be food and drinks at the finish line as well. Sanicans will be available the start and finish, and at miles 7.5, 12.5, and 20.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Packet pickup will take place on Friday, September 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Barhop Brewing & Taproom. On Saturday morning starting at 7:00 am, packet pickup will take place at Crescent Grange in Joyce, Washington. Arrive early enough to check in and be ready for the 8:00 a.m. shuttle.

Timing / Results
The race will be timed.

Post Race Activities
Snacks and beer at Log Cabin Resort on Lake Crescent inside Olympic National Park. There is a restaurant as well and runners will each receive a $5 coupon towards a meal.

Directions
Parking and mandatory shuttle is at the Crescent Grange at 50870 Highway 112 in Joyce, Washington

Parking
Runners will park in Joyce, Washington and will be shuttled to the start line, then shuttled back to their cars after finish. There is parking at the finish line at Log Cabin Resort. The resort is open to the public and parking may be limited, so carpool if at all possible. Also, there are rooms, cabins, and campsites available at the resort.
 
 

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