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One of the newest Rainshadow Running events, the Millersylvania Trail Races is a fundraiser for Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter which provides critical support for the homeless of Olympia/Thurston Co. Half of every race entry will be donated to the shelter. This race course is fun and relatively flat, with … MORE
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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Millersylvania 50K is run on a well groomed loop trail through dense cedar and Douglas fir forest in Millersylvania State Park near Olympia WA. The race's website says that … MORE

    The Millersylvania 50K is run on a well groomed loop trail through dense cedar and Douglas fir forest in Millersylvania State Park near Olympia WA. The race’s website says that there is approximately 300 feet of elevation gain per loop, but it doesn’t even seem to be that much. Most of the elevation gain is gradual, so almost all of the course is runnable. If you are a slower runner, it is important to note that there is an 8 hour time limit, which the race director appears to fully enforce as there were about 11 DNFs in the 50K this year. There was one stretch about 30 yards long that was covered with ankle-deep water with no way to avoid getting your feet wet. The bottom was solid though, so there was no mud to sink into. Most of the trail is covered with soft pine needles, with just a few short stretches of gravel or pavement. The start/finish is near a swimming beach on Deep Lake, so you can cool off afterwards and rest your legs in the cool lake. There was a barbecue picnic afterwards for the runners, but no finisher’s medals. This is a good course for a beginner or for experienced trail runners who want to get a PR and is a really beautiful course through Pacific Northwest forest. I can see this race growing a lot in the future if it is promoted a bit more.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    1

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