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 11 minutes/mile or more
New for 2019: Any team starting in Wave A that runs the race in faster than 8 hours will be disqualified!

8AM Start Time - WAVE B
Running Relay Teams averaging 10 -11 minutes/mile
New for 2019: Any team starting in Wave B that runs the race in faster than 7 hours will be disqualified!

9AM Start Time - WAVE C
Running Relay Teams averaging 9-10 minutes/mile

10AM Start Time - WAVE D
Running Relay Teams averaging less than 9 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 finish line opens at 3:00 PM. Any team starting in Waves A or Waves B who arrive at the finish line before 3:00 PM will be disqualified (any team running faster than 8 hours for Wave A or faster than 7 hours for Wave B). We appreciate your compliance so we can reserve Wave A and Wave B for teams that need more time to complete the relay.

The schedule below will help you know when racers will be coming through.  Of course these times depend on all teams accurately estimating their pace and seeding themselves in the correct wave.

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 were not given at the finish line this year, because this resulted in too many errors in the past due to the four wave starts.  Instead those teams who won their event will be notified that their awards will be available for pick up at South Sound Running in a few days after the race.  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!