2011 General Info

Race at a Glance


Join fellow runners on the 16th annual Cle Elum Ridge 50K(actual gps measured distance 30.9 mi) trail race that provides beautiful scenery along with challenging terrain with approximately 7000 feet of elevation gain or the 2nd annual 25k (actual gps measured distance 17.0 mi) with approximately 3900 ft of gain which also has a few nice views and rugged trails.

Entry Total: Limited to 200 runners.

When: Saturday, September 17, 2011(NEW DATE!!!)
6:00am Check-in for both races begins
7:00am 50k Early Start
8:00am 50k Regular Start
8:30am 25k Regular Start (there is no early start for 25k)

Where: Wenatchee National Forest, south of Cle Elum, WA. The Start/Finish area is at the Taneum Junction Campground and the courses use the following trails: the South Cle Elum Ridge(#1326) and the North Fork Taneum Creek (#1377). The Green Trails Maps #240 and #241 show the entire course. Click here for Driving Directions

Entry Fees: 50k: $55 or $65 after June 1st; 25k $45 or $55 after June 1st. Register at Databar Events

T-Shirt: A short-sleeved patagonia capilene 1 t-shirt is available for an additional $23 in mens and womens sizes. The to get a t-shirt you must be registered by the end of the day on Sept 1st 2011.

Cutoff Time: 5:00 pm (9 hours or 10 hours for early starters).

50k Aid Station Cutoffs:coming soon
25k Aid Station Cutoffs:coming soon

Awards: For the 50k we provide awards to first place finishers for men and women in each age group plus random drawing for prizes. For the 25k there will be just random drawing prizes. You must be present to receive your award.

Post Race Food: Once again we'll have a yummy post race meal at no extra cost to you or your family

Date Change details and Refund Policy: So since the race is now being moved to a new date and since that new date doesn't work for everyone I'm offering folks the choice of one of the following three options:
  1. Run the race on Sept 17th
  2. Run a different Rainshadow Running Race for the same price as Cle Elum
  3. Receive a 50% refund of your race fee and 100% refund of your t-shirt fee if you purchased one. 
Some you may wonder why option #3 is not 100% refund for both race fee and shirt fee. The reason is pretty simple there are costs for the race that have already been spent and all the additional work of the date change is increasing the race expenses.  If there are only a few runners who request option #3 then maybe the percentage of refund will be higher but for right now 50% is the best I can offer. 

If you choose option #1 you don't need to do anything I'll assume you'll be doing the race on the Sept 17th if I don't hear from you.

If you're choosing option #2 please email me and i'll give you the link to use to transfer your entry to another race and i'll remove you from the Cle Elum entrants list.

If you're choosing option #3 please email me and I will send you a refund check in the mail.  

For those runners signing up after June 13th they too will be offered these same options if they can't run the race for any reason as long as I am given notice at least one week prior to race day. There will be no refunds for any reason for runners dropping out the week of the race or that do not show up on race day.    


Race Director: email James Varner at james@rainshadowrunning.com