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An Adventure in Your Own Backyardtm

50M Ultra and Relay

We hope to see you on National Trails Day, June 7, 2014!

2013 Results are posted here

The 60-minute 10th anniversary R2R DVD is now available. The production includes photographs by Vince Streano, was written and directed by Bob Rowan and was produced by Johnson Video Productions. The order form for the DVD is available here.

FOOTHILLS RAILS-to-TRAILS on Vimeo. Thanks to Bob Rowan, Leon Johnson and Corey Wilkins for putting them together for us.

On National Trails Day, Saturday June 7, 2014, runners will take on the twelfth annual Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay and Ultra. The course follows the Foothills Trail from the shoulders of Mt. Rainier to the shores of Puget Sound.  The trail passes through pristine wilderness and historic communities, following the old Northern Pacific railroad grade that once brought settlers and supplies into the west.  The top runners in each division receive the coveted Golden Spike Awards.

Check out a brief history (up to 2012) of the R2R written by ultra runner Craig Romano who ran the 50k in 2011 as part of his training to complete the White River 50 miler at 50 years old. Visit this link! The www.VisitRainier.com website that hosts this article promotes The Mountain and all of its associated happenings and activities.

Ultra runners, here's your chance to set a personal record. This course is almost all downhill and about two thirds of it is on paved trail, roads or sidewalk. Come celebrate National Trails Day with us and set your personal best time ever!

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John Selby, Race Founder

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We're actively recruiting sponsors for the 2014 Rainier-to-Ruston Relay. Want to know more?

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"An Adventure In Your Own Backyard" is a trademark of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition.

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Byron Vasecka Photography

TrailRunner Trophy Series 2014 Evergreen Fruit and Produce

Tacoma Sports Commission Museum of Glass Pierce County
Pacific Lutheran University State Farm
Attorneys at Law

Please support our Bell Stand sponsors:
  Alfy's Pizza - Puyallup
  Heritage Quest Research Library - Sumner
  Orting Chamber of Commerce - Orting
  Puyallup Valley Physical Therapy - Puyallup
  Richard Q. Cockrell, D.C. - Sumner
  The HUB - Tacoma
  Trailside Connection Espresso - South Prairie
The Spar Tavern - Fife