This section of the Oregon Coast is rugged, remote and stunning! The courses vary from running on the sandy beaches to the grassy bluffs hundreds of feet above while waves crash onto the rocks below. Runners will also be graced with trails through dark old growth forest, old sand dunes now covered in trees, and stunning tree tunnels. It is one jaw dropping, camera grabbing view after another, all day long! You're going to be smiling ear to ear, mile after mile.
Both courses are "out and back" style routes that start and finish in the town of Gold Beach. The courses are mostly single track but they both have 5 miles of running on the shoulder of Highway 101 (broken up into two 2.5 mile sections) and 16 miles of running on the sand, broken up into smaller sections, the longest stretch being approximately 5 miles. Because of all the miles on sand, which can vary from firm to very soft, these courses will be harder and slower than you would think just by looking at the elevation profiles.
The 100k has about 6,650ft of elevation gain. The 50m has about 5,000ft of elevation gain. Runners will have 17 hours to complete the 100K and 14 hours to complete the 50 mile.