Come experience the magic of the Ancient Lakes in the heart Washington Desert in this unique trail race! These trails are truly spectacular and will allow you to experience the best the desert has to offer, taking you on a journey through canyon-like gorges, along the shores of ancient desert lakes and to the base of cascading waterfalls. You will feel like you are in the desert southwest but with a Washington flare. With a distance for everyone, and the same great support and swag you have come to expect from Run Super Series events, this is an event you won’t want to miss at this exciting new venue!
With a unique cloverleaf design, our scenic course will allow you to experience the best of the Ancient Lakes area. The larger 25k loop features 3 smaller loops, each beginning and ending at a common aid station. The 25k loop features about 2,800’ of rolling up and down, with no single climb or descent more than 400’. The trails are primarily single track. The first loop will take you to the a spectacular waterfall and then run along the shores of the Ancient Lakes. The green loop will run out to yet another lake and feature a return trip through some canyon like desert terrain. The blue loop will drop you down into the Columbia River Gorge, and have you run along the river before climbing back out and rolling to the finish line. The 50k will run the 25k course twice and the 50M will run the 25k course three times with an additional red loop. The 10k course will run on portions of the red and green loop and will have about 1,000’ of elevation gain. Trails are primarily single track.
Ancient Lakes 25K Loop Map:
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
Parking Lot Opens (Ancient/Dusty Lakes Trailhead): 5:30 AM
Packet Pick-up: 5:45 AM to 8:15 AM (all distances)
50M Start: 6:30 AM
50K Start: 7:00 AM
25K Start: 8:00 AM
10K Start: 8:30 AM
*Please plan on arriving at least 45 minutes before your race starts to give you adequate time for packet pick-up. Pre-race course briefing will occur 10 minutes before the start of each race.
7:30 PM: Course closes for all distances
1:00 PM: 50K runners must start their 2nd loop
2:00 PM: 50M runners must start their 3rd loop
5:30 PM: 50M runners must start their final red loop
Cut-offs will be strictly enforced, anyone not starting their loop before the designated time will be pulled from the race
RACE DaY INFO
Packet Pick-up & Day of Registration:
Yes! We have race day packet pick-up and day of registration! No! We do not offer advanced packet pick-up! Packet Pick-up will be at the Ancient/Dusty Lakes Trailhead for all distances.
All race parking will be at the start/finish line at the Ancient & Dusty Lakes Trailhead. A Washington State Discover Pass or a Washington State One Day Parking Pass is required to park at the trailhead. You may purchase an annual Discover Pass or Day Pass here.
The trailhead is located about 2 hours and 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, 1 hour and 30 minutes from Yakima, 2 hours and 15 minutes from Spokane and 45 minutes form Wenatchee.
From Seattle and Points West: Take I-90 Eastbound and take Exit 149 for WA-281 North. Turn left onto WA-281 North and follow for 5.6 miles then turn left onto Rd 5 NW/Whit Trail Road and follow for 7.8 miles. Turn left onto Rd 9 NW and follow for 2 miles. After a sharp left bend stay straight onto Ancient Lakes Road. Follow for 3.8 miles to the trailhead.
From Spokane and Points East: Take I-90 Westbound and take Exit 149 for WA-281 North. Turn right onto WA-281 North and follow for 5.6 miles then turn left onto Rd 5 NW/Whit Trail Road and follow for 7.8 miles. Turn left onto Rd 9 NW and follow for 2 miles. After a sharp left bend stay straight onto Ancient Lakes Road. Follow for 3.8 miles to the trailhead.
From Wenatchee: Take WA-28 East for 25 miles. Turn left onto Rd 10 NW and follow for 0.4 miles. Make a left onto Rd V NW and follow for 1.0 miles. Turn right onto Rd 9 NW and follow for 1 mile. After a sharp left bend stay straight onto Ancient Lakes Road. Follow for 3.8 miles to the trailhead.
Start/Finish and Parking Location:
Participants may drop a bag at the start/finish line. 50M and 50k runners will have access to the drop bag between each larger loop.
The important stuff - swag!
We want our runners to only have the best, so we make sure we give you more swag than you can carry (actually we give you a fabric drop bag so you can carry it all)! All runners receive a custom tech tee, a custom race medal for the 50K/25K/10K (buckles for 50M finishers), a fabric Run Super Series Drop Bag, a Run Super Series Water Bottle and complimentary downloadable race day photos.
Yep, you get all that. You can thank us later!
And yes you read it right, if you finish the 50M you get a BUCKLE!
Pacers: 50M runners may pick-up a pacer before they start their 3rd loop or final red loop. Pacers must sign a waiver and wear a pacer bib which will be available for pick-up at the start/finish line.
The race will have one central aid station that is hit multiple times in the race. 25k runners will hit the aid station 3 times, 50k runners 8 times and 50 mile runners 14 times. The aid station mileage for each distance is noted on the course map above.
The aid stations will have water and electrolyte drink, Gu Gels and assorted snacks such as chips, pretzels, cookies, bananas, oranges, assorted candies, S-caps, PB&J sandwiches, etc. We will do some hot food options after 1PM for the 50M runners.
Search and Rescue:
Pierce County SAR 4x4 will be monitoring the course to assist runners with any issues or injuries.
Your friends and family are welcome to hang out and crew/support you at the start/finish line! The could also make a 0.5 mile walk to the aid station and hang out there!
Travel and lodging
FREE camping will be available at the property next to the trailhead (only about a 5 minute drive away). Dave and Jeanne have offered runners free camping at 5058 Ancient Lake Road, Quincy, WA 98848. There are no facilities here but you are welcome to car camp or set-up a small tent. We ask that you bring a bottle of wine for Dave and Jeanne in lieu of payment!
The closest overnight hotel accommodations are in Quincy which is about a 20 minute drive to the trailhead. Options include the Knights Inn, The Quincy Inn and Suites and the Sundowner Motel. If you are looking for somewhat nicer branded options there are a number of the “big brands” available in Moses Lake, which is about a 1 hour drive from the trailhead.
REFUND AND DEFERRAL POLICY
All registrations to the race are final. We do not offer refunds or deferral of race entries under any circumstances. Distance upgrades can be made in Ultra Sign-up up to two weeks before the race (you pay the difference in cost). Distance drop-downs can be made in Ultra Sign-up up to two weeks before the race (although with no refund).