Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon
The Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon is not for the faint of heart, but for the person who is willing and ready to test their climbing legs. The race is billed at over 9,000 ft. of elevation gain and will be covering some of the trails you might normally find when your flying down the mountain on top your skis. This race is the part of the sky running series which is having it's inaugural year here in the United States. Popularized in Europe the sky running federation holds some of the toughest and most competitive trail races on almost every continent in the world.
Being held under the Skyrunning federation means this race will be well organized and see some stiff competition from competitors across the U.S. Don't fret if your not a podium finisher because you'll receive the same benefits with a well marked course, heavily supplied aid stations and unmatched views of Mt. Rainier.
- 26 miles (42km) and 9401' (2865m) of climbing.
- Low point 2741' (835m). High point 6802' (2073m).
- Average elevation 5117' (1560m).
- The course includes approximately 24 miles (38.6km) of technical, mountainous single track trail and 2 miles (3.2km) of barely drivable dirt road.
- Max slope 44.1%, - 49.4%. Ave slope 12.7%, -12.3% (650'/mile or 198m/mile).
- Trails are in the Silver Creek drainage, on US Forest Service Land, around the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort.
There will be 4 aid stations featuring water, energy gel, electrolyte drink, fruit, and other snacks.