The 2021 Mount Rainier Half Marathon is SOLD OUT! For all you runners, we know you've run mile after mile, massaged achy feet, nursed sore blisters, and now it's time to race. While you aren't running directly up the mountain — that might be a bit much — you are going to experience the rich landscape that blankets the Pacific northwest.
Before you head out to Ashford, please take some time to review the Race Guide that we have put together. It covers everything you need to know for race weekend. You can read the Race Guide and also listen to an audio version of it on our podcast.
When you read the Race Guide, please pay special attention to the following pages:
- Page 2: full event schedule
- Page 2: Bib Pick-up
- Pages 4 & 5: Overview of race weekend details
- Page 6: Wave & Staggered Start
Toward the end of the guide, we share how you can participate in the Explorer Club to get suggestions on what to see and do while you're in the area. When you complete the Explorer Club challenge you earn a special badge (in addition to your race medal) for completing it! Learn more here.
An Evolving Landscape...
Volcanic activity at Cascade Range volcanoes has been frequent and dramatic throughout the last 10,000 years. Most volcanoes in the Cascades have lit the skies with eruptions - including Mount Rainier. At one point, a large piece of the volcano disappeared during a massive landslide, but the mountain rebuilt itself.
Ancestors of Native American tribes such as the Cowlitz, Nasqually, Squaxin Island, Puyallup, and Yakama have told stories about these seismic events for generations! Their stories often explain events like lahars (volcanic mudflow), rockslides, and eruptions that shaped the local landscape through stories of human jealousy, cosmic battles, and personal growth.