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THE DIRT

Tough Trail Races in Pacific NW

JEFF BROWNING

I continue my rocky scramble doubled over, attempting to minimize being a lightning rod.

ABOVE LEFT: Runners along the Beaverhead Range on the Idaho/Montana border. PHOTO: Jeff Black

Another flash across the valley — yep, it’s definitely coming my

ABOVE RIGHT: Skipping rocks on the rugged and technical Volcanic 50 course. PHOTO: Paul Nelson

way. The wind-whipped rain is stinging my face. This isolated storm is coming fast, and I happen to be uncomfortably exposed at 10,000 feet on a jagged granite ridgeline on the Continental Divide. I’m half way across the infamous 5K off-trail scramble section perched on the Continental Divide in Idaho’s tough Beaverhead 100K. Another strike. I scramble down below a jumble of granite boulders just beneath the ridgeline and crouch in a small, natural alcove. I’m not keen on getting struck by lightning. I zip up my windbreaker against the gale and wait. Two minutes — three. It’s gone. I continue my rocky

this list of tough trail races in the Pacific Northwest. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a few noteworthy events.

Beaverhead 100K/55K 100K and 55K Saturday, July 9, 2016 Salmon, ID

scramble doubled over, attempting to minimize being a lightning rod.

A tough, point-to-point rugged mountain race held primarily on the

Sometimes a tough race can make you thankful you simply got

CDT (Continental Divide Scenic Trail) in the Beaverhead Range on

across the finish line. And if you’re up for a solid challenge, check out

the Idaho/Montana border. The average elevation is 8,500 feet, and

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