Thanks for visiting!! The Wildland 52 was created in 2018 to benefit wildland firefighters and their families in their time of need. My hope was it would pay homage to those who help protect the places we love to run, recreate and even live near, by emulating some of the rugged terrain and conditions that wildland firefighters experience day after day (without the 40 pound pack, clearing fuels while on the move, or the element of fire), while raising money to support organizations that support them, such as the Eric Marsh Foundation and The Wildland Firefighter Guardian Institute.
While details of the 2021 52K course are not yet hammered out (there was a land ownership change), I do have some sections that were added to the “big loop” last year that made up our “fun run”, and a few more sections up my sleeve that have not yet been included in any of our events. I promise it will still be 52K and it will still be steep, beautiful and rugged. Hopefully more so than in the past.
In 2018 and 2019 Wildland 52 kilometer course will featured over 8,000′ of elevation gain and 6,500′ of elevation loss. Much of the elevation change is in condensed sections with few switchbacks, but there is much runnable terrain in between. The course varies from dirt roads, faint two track, established single track, dozer lines, primitive trail, and “no-trail”. Some areas the track is well defined, others will be flagged and the line you take is “runner’s choice”. While 50% of the course will be on maintained single track, dirt or gravel or rocky roads (not necessarily smooth) so you can open up that stride a bit; the other 50% is rugged, unimproved, steep and very technical, requiring your full attention and grit. The course was intended to help display the rigors of wildland firefighting; regardless of the terrain, obstacles, physical discomfort or conditions, they must contain that fire.
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