Rainier to Ruston

Rainer to Ruston "An Adventure In Your Backyard"

50 mile ultra or relay from Mount Rainier to the Tacoma waterfront in Washington State. The gorgeous, fun downhill course celebrates National Trails Day and 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:
2 MILES PAST

35415 Fairfax Forest Reserve Rd E, Carbonado, WA 98323

Ultra Runners, please plan to take the FREE shuttle from the Ruston Way finish area near the Lobster Shop to the start as parking there is very limited. Do not park in the Lobster Shop lot; your car may be towed. The shuttle will leave promptly at 5:10 am for Wave A at 7:00 am. That will give you 30 minutes to pick up your race packet, if needed, and use the Honey Buckets without being rushed.

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

We try to distribute teams evenly across four wave starts in order to minimize the congestion of support vehicles at the upper exchanges. 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. 
 

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.

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.


7AM Start Time - WAVE A
ALL Ultra Runners
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


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

First and Last Arrival Times

Rainier                                     7:00/10:00

Fairfax                                      7:40/10:42

Carbonado                              8:35/11:39

Wilkeson                                  9:07/12:12

South Prairie                          9:53/13:02

Crocker                                    10:31/13:55 course closes

Orting                                       10:54/14:39 course closes

McMillin                                  11:22/15:35 course closes

Meeker                                     11:52/16:34 course closes

Puyallup                                   12:23/17:34 course closes

Fife                                             12:49/18:25 course closes

Tacoma                                      13:36/19:58 course closes

Ruston                                       14:08/21:00 course closes


Awards Ceremony (Marine Park on Ruston Way)
Awards will be given at the finish line on a continuous basis starting after the first solo runner and team arrive, about 2:10 pm and 3:25 pm respectively. 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!