Join us Fall of 2021 for a scaled-down version of our Devil’s Gulch races!!
HOLY SCHMOLY how sucky was 2020?? And then we had to cancel our July 2021 race, too, because the world is an absolute nightmare. AND YET!! We are optimistic about a fall 2021 event on the trails you (don’t yet) know and (are sure to) love.
Come join us for this wicked and beautiful course on the dry side of Washington! Sure, you know all about the lush greens of the Pacific Northwest, but did you know we also have hot, dry high desert, huge rock hoodoos, and wicked gulches? You do now.
36 Miler quick stats
Start time: SATURDAY, September 25, 2021, 7:00 am
Distance: 36 miles
Elevation gain: 7,500’
Course: A 36-mile loop, mostly single track, with some gravel forest road.
Cutoff: 12 hours (7:00 pm Saturday)
Half Marathon quick stats
Start time: SATURDAY, September 25, 2021, 12:00 pm
Distance: 13 miles
Elevation gain: 2,500’
Course: A 13-mile loop, mostly single track, some of it technical and rocky.
Cutoff: 7 hours (7:00 pm Saturday)
We are still finalizing our permits for this event, so registration is open as a waitlist. If permits fall through for any reason, including due to COVID, you will not be charged for the event. If we get the go-ahead, we will make a final determination this summer and charge your account at that time.
The 36 mile race starts and finishes at Mission Ridge Ski Resort, and will take you up and over the rock face of Mount Lillian before launching you along and through the frigid waters of Devil’s Gulch. The loop will have several aid stations and a few un-womanned water drops. We’ll have the party going at the Ski area until the last runner comes through, guaranteed.
The race start/finish is approximately a 3-hour drive from downtown Seattle. Stay tuned for more information on lodging near the start/finish.
Race Credit: Anyone who signed up for the 2020 Devil’s Gulch can use their credit for a race less than or equal to their original distance. If you want to use your race credit, please email us at email@example.com for a code. Race credits can be transferred to another individual at registration. If you want to upgrade in distance, you’ll just need to pay the difference. For example: if you paid for the 50 miler, you can use that credit for the 36 or the half. If you paid for the 2020 half, you can use it for the half or pay the difference to run the 36-miler. NOTE: you can also pay for this race upfront and still carry over your race credit for the full distance for the 2022 or 2023 race.
Swag/Awards: Everyone will get a shirt, a sticker packet, and free beverage and food at the finish line. Top 3 women and men will receive prizes. We’ll have additional merchandise for sale at the finish line!
Typical weather: The daytime temperatures in this area can get very hot, and parts of the course are fairly exposed. Mornings and evenings can be cool, especially at the higher elevations.
Required gear: The aid stations are far enough apart that runners are required to carry at least two water bottles or a hydration pack. Nights can get cold, and 36-mile runners will be required to have headlamps and cold weather clothing for safety.
This event is CUPLESS – please bring your own containers for fluids during the race (bottles, soft flasks, and collapsible cups) as well as after the race (for your beer!).
Dog policy: This course is probably way too hot for your canine friend, so we cannot allow your best friend to run it with you. However, well-behaved dogs are allowed at the start/finish line and at the aid stations, as long as they are completely out of the way of the runners at all times. If your dog gets jumpy around running people or mountain bikers, or if they have any aggression toward other dogs or strangers, we kindly ask that you leave them at home.
Cancellation policy: Banshee Running does not issue refunds if the race is cancelled due to situations outside the RD’s control, nor do we issue refunds for a runner who wishes to withdraw from the race at any time. If you register and become pregnant or a new parent, or if you are deployed please, contact us for our deferral policy.
From the resort, runners will run in a clockwise direction, taking the Squilchuck trail to Forest Road 9712, then to Mount Lillian Trail 1601. From here, runners will take Tronsen Ridge Trail 1204 to Red Hill trail 1223 and Red Hill Spur Trail 1223.1 all the way to NF-7100. Once they reach the road, runners will turn around and take Devil’s Gulch trail 1220 to Pipeline Trail and back to Squilchuck trail. This loop is approximately 36 miles.
The 13-mile loop begins and ends at the ski resort and follows the same route at beginning and end, but cuts across on Mission Ridge Trail 1201. 50 mile runners will do this loop after completing the larger loop.
Saturday, September 25:
5:30 – 6:45 am: 36-miler check-in
7:00 am: 36-Miler start
10:30 – 11:45 am: Half Marathon check-in
12:00 pm: Half Marathon start
7:00 pm: course cutoff for all distances
Aid Stations will each have cutoffs. Times will be published at a future date. Water drop and aid station locations are being finalized now and we’ll update the map here and via email when we have it.