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. 

Race Day Schedule


Race Start and Check-In is located at the Tacoma Mountaineers' Parking Lot about 1/2 mile from the Carbon River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.

START Line address:

35415 Fairfax Forest Reserve Rd E, Carbonado, WA 98323

Finish Line address:
3939 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402


No vehicles 80" or wider, or longer than 20'. No motor homes, buses or limos are allowed on the course by any team or team support.

7AM Start Time - WAVE A
Running Relay Teams averaging 10:35 minutes/mile or more

8AM Start Time - WAVE B
Running Relay Teams averaging 9:40 - 10:35 minutes/mile

9AM Start Time - WAVE C
Running Relay Teams averaging 8:40 - 9:40 minutes/mile

10AM Start Time - WAVE D
Running Relay Teams averaging less than 8:40 minutes/mile

We try to distribute teams evenly across four wave starts in order to minimize the congestion of support vehicles at the upper exchanges.  Here is a spreadsheet to help you.  Please estimate the average pace of your team as accurately as possible. Thank you! Runners will not be eligible for awards if they start in a different wave time than they are registered for. 

The schedule below will help you know when racers will be coming through.

First and Last Arrival Times

Rainier                                     7:00/10:00

Fairfax                                      7:51/10:42

Carbonado                              9:04/11:42

Wilkeson                                  9:41/12:12

South Prairie                          10:41/13:01

Crocker                                    11:29/13:41

Orting                                       11:58/14:04

McMillin                                  12:34/14:33

Meeker                                     13:12/15:05

Puyallup                                   13:51/15;37

Fife                                             14:47/16:35

Tacoma                                      15:06/17:13

Ruston                                       15:31/18:02

Awards Ceremony (Marine Park on Ruston Way)
Awards will be given at the finish line on a continuous basis starting soon after the first team arrives, about 3:30 pm. There may be a delay in the announcements due to the four start times on the relay. Runners staring in the wrong wave will not be eligible for awards.

If you decide to abandon the race, please notify a race official so we don't send out a search party!