Northern Lights Running aims to provide a high quality endurance event which is both certified and sanctioned by the USATF and IAU ( sanction and IAU label pending ). This will allow athletes to set national or world best marks and to meet qualification standards for national teams. In addition, with it’s festive atmosphere and multiple race options including a 24 hour relay, our fun event will appeal not only to record chasers but to any runner who wishes to challenge their endurance.
The event strives to showcase our picturesque small town of La Conner and the talents and hospitality of it’s wonderful community. The high school staff and students play an integral part in volunteering for the race and part of the proceeds go back to the teams and clubs involved.
The event is very unique as we offer both a track course and a short loop paved course so as to cater to everyone's preferences. With spectacular views of lush farmland, the North Cascade Mountains and the majestic peak of Mount Baker, you're guaranteed to enjoy your run no matter which course you chose.
The track loop which is a 400 meter all weather track located at La Conner High School. The direction of travel will change every 6 hours. The inside three lanes will be reserved for those wishing to achieve certain USATF standards. A 100 mile, 100k, 50 mile and 50k split time will be available if desired. All other track participants, including relays will run in the outside three lanes and will receive credit for the extra distance covered in these lanes. There will be a 24 hour, 12 hour (day or night), 6 hour (day or night) and a 24 hour four person relay option. USATF Certification # WA19032RMB
The short paved loop is a 0.3883 mile loop which circumnavigates the La Conner Middle and High Schools. The course begins on the track before exiting to follow a route around the school buildings. It then returns to the track to allow the runners to cross the timing mat. The course is mostly paved sidewalk but includes a short gravel section and a short section of the track, both of which are less than 50 meters. The route will be marked and closed to any traffic. There will be course marshals at any intersections that involve spectator crossing. There will be a 24 hour, 12 hour (day or night), 6 hour (day or night) and a 24 hour four person relay option. Athletes will be able to receive 100 mile or 100k split times on this course if desired. USATF Certification # WA19031RMB