From relay runs to multi-sport challenges, the Olympic Peninsula offers a diverse range of outdoor endurance events for athletes and adventure enthusiasts.
Peninsula Adventure Sports, a renowned organizer of outdoor endurance events on the Olympic Peninsula, has unveiled its highly anticipated 2024 race calendar. Featuring a stunning array of races set against the backdrop of the picturesque landscape, these events offer athletes and adventure enthusiasts the opportunity to push their limits, embrace community spirit, and have a great time. From relay runs to multi-sport challenges, the calendar promises an exhilarating year of outdoor adventure.
Frosty Moss Relay: A Challenging 80- or 30-Mile Journey
The race calendar kicks off on March 16 with the Frosty Moss Relay. This grueling 80- or 30-mile relay run takes participants across Clallam County on the Olympic Discovery Trail, stretching from the Sol Duc River Valley to Blyn. Teams of up to five people navigate through 14 exchange zones, with the 80-mile race also incorporating the singletrack Olympic Adventure Trail. The event concludes with a lively after-party hosted by sponsor 7 Cedars Casino.
OAT Run: Trail Running at its Finest
On April 13, athletes can partake in the OAT Run (Olympic Adventure Trail Run). This highly sought-after race offers a point-to-point 12K and half marathon trail running experience, as well as an out-and-back 50K, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Olympic Adventure Trail around Port Angeles. With its popularity, participants are advised to secure their spot early. After the race, an after-party awaits at Extreme Sports Park, complete with food, a beer garden, bonfire, and exciting door prizes.
Gravel Unravel: A Thrilling Three-Race Series
The Gravel Unravel is a three-race series that takes participants through the rugged beauty of the Olympic National Forest. Peninsula Adventure Sports collaborates with Worthington Park in Quilcene, LaVogue Cyclery in Hoquiam, and Eleven Winery on Bainbridge Island to bring participants the Bon Jon Pass Out on June 15 and the Why-Not-Chee on July 20. These races offer a unique opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes of the Olympic Peninsula while testing endurance and skill.
GOAT Run: Celebrating 10 Years of Adventure
On September 7, the Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run (GOAT Run) celebrates its 10th year. This point-to-point half-marathon, marathon, and 50K trail running race takes participants through the scenic Olympic Adventure Trail, culminating at the breathtaking Lake Crescent inside Olympic National Park. The race concludes with an unforgettable after-party at Log Cabin Resort, allowing participants to celebrate their achievements amidst the beauty of nature.
The Big Hurt: A Multi-Sport Challenge
September 28 marks the date for The Big Hurt, a multi-sport race that tests athletes across four legs: mountain biking, kayaking, road cycling, and a 10K run. Participants can choose to compete solo in the iron division or as part of a two- to four-person relay team. New for 2024 is the inclusion of expanded options for kayaks, with more surf-ski style models available. Paddleboards will no longer be allowed in the kayak leg. With a participation limit of 75 iron division and 75 teams, athletes are encouraged to secure their spot early. The following day, the Little Hurt offers a fun and challenging race for youth from first through eighth grades, with a new bike and run version for kindergarten and pre-K kids.
Salt Creek 24: A Unique Endurance Challenge
The Salt Creek 24, the newest addition to the Peninsula Adventure Sports race calendar, made its debut in 2023. This 24-hour endurance race features a 1.34-mile loop course at Salt Creek Recreation Area, where runners and walkers can participate either solo or as relay teams. The race also includes the Striped Peak Last Runner Standing event, where participants summit Striped Peak every hour until only one person remains. In 2024, the race is expected to double in size, offering even more athletes the chance to challenge themselves in this unique event.
Peninsula Adventure Sports’ 2024 race calendar promises an exhilarating year of outdoor endurance events on the Olympic Peninsula. From relay runs to multi-sport challenges, these races offer athletes and adventure enthusiasts the opportunity to test their limits, explore stunning landscapes, and embrace the spirit of community. With a focus on giving back, proceeds from the races support local non-profit organizations, emphasizing the importance of maintaining recreational assets and getting youth outdoors. As registration opens for each event, athletes are encouraged to secure their spots early to ensure they don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime.