If you are out on the Tahoe Donner trails early on Saturday, August 8 you may be lucky enough to see some of the nation’s most talented ultra runners. As participants in the inaugural Sierra Crest Ultra Run, they will be taking on the challenge of running 30-kilometer or 50-kilometer courses on some of the best single tracks with spectacular scenic views in the area.
Both the 30-kilometer (18.64 miles) and the 50-kilometer (30.07 miles) races start at Alder Creek Adventure Center and finish at Auburn Ski Club’s Training Center on Boreal Ridge Road at the top of Donner Summit.
The 30-kilometer course climbs up to the Drifter Ridge before joining the Donner Lake Rim Trail past Summit Lake and Castle Peak and crossing under the freeway to finish at Auburn Ski Club’s Training Center — that’s 3,493 feet of climbing. The 50-kilometer race drops into the Euer Valley before climbing up to the Drifter Ridge — a challenging 4,660 feet of climbing.
The first overall man and woman of the 50k will each receive “spike runners,” handcrafted sculptures by local artist Pat Blide, using salvaged railroad spikes. Additionally first, second, and third place men and women in both races will receive gift certificates from Tahoe Mountain Sports. All race finishers will receive a commemorative mason jar mug plus raffle tickets for a chance to win some great prizes.
Organizers expect this event to grow each year to become a fundraiser to help the junior biathlon programs at Auburn Ski Club, a 501(c)3 committed to encouraging lifetime participation in snowsports.
Race sponsors include Tahoe Donner Association, Tahoe Mountain Sports, Salomon, Hammer Nutrition, The Brewing Lair, Truckee Donner Land Trust, and Tahoe National Forest.
Registration is open through Thursday, August 6. Volunteers are needed to help with the five aid stations along the course to keep runners fueled and hydrated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
For more information, visit sierracrest50k.org.