Rainier to Ruston

Rainier to Ruston "An Adventure In Your Own Backyard"

50 relay from Mount Rainier to the Tacoma waterfront in Washington State. The gorgeous, fun downhill course celebrates National Trails Day. All proceeds go towards the purchase and maintenance of the very trail system runners use for public use. 

2004 Recap

Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and participants for another great event!

Records and rain fell hard at the second annual Rainier-to-Ruston Rail Trail Relay on June 5, 2004, National Trails Day.

Team Theresa set a new record by traveling from the Carbon River Ranger Station to the finish on Ruston Way in 6 hours, 56 minutes, and 14 seconds, toppling last season's record of 7:10:35 by almost 15 minutes.

Race founder John Selby captained Team Rainier, which completed the course in 7:18:01. John's brother Jeff's Team Tahoma finished in 7:36:15.

The three teams collaborated to set another event record for participation as 18 runners and 8 walkers completed the course.

"We proved today that this trail is already ready for a highly competitive relay," said Selby. "The 2004 event was a worthy stalking horse for 2005-when we open Rainier-to-Ruston to the public."

Monsoon-like rains in Sumner and Puyallup tested the teams' fortitude. Other challenges included unpaved sections above Carbonado; lost runners above Wilkeson and Puyallup, respectively; and growling dogs above South Prairie.

"We've ironed out most of the kinks," said Selby. "Next year the Foothills Trail will be prepared to accommodate the workload of a competitive relay that's open to runners from all over the northwest."

» Team Theresa-6:56:14
» Team Rainier-7:18:01
» Team Tahoma-7:36:15
» Old Record:
  (set in 2003)-7:10:35