2023 Race - July 21 - 22, 2023
Cascade Crest is a challenging 100 mile trail run through the Central Cascades of Washington State. The course currently runs as a clockwise loop from the Easton Fire Station. The race starts is 9:00 am Friday morning and there is an overall time limit of 34 hours.
Randy Gehrke founded and directed the race from 1999 through 2005. Charlie Crissman directed the race from 2007 through 2015. Their efforts have established Cascade Crest as one of the premier 100 milers in the country.
In 2016, the course was enhanced, wrapping around and over Blowout Mtn. This change added roughly 3.2 miles and 1000' of climbing to the original course.
The course record on the current (longer) course is 18:03:00, set in 2018 by 3 time winner Jesse Lang of Richland, WA.
The course record on the original course is 17:56:50 set in 2014 by Seth Swanson of Missoula, MT.
The women's record is 19:25:56 by Alissa St Laurant of Edmonton, Alberta; set in 2015 on the original course.
The fastest women's time on the current, longer course is 21:16:26, set by Yitka Winn in 2019.
Entrants must complete an organized, or self-supported (with Strava track or equivalent verification) trail 50-miler or longer, (with at least 6,500' of climb) between January 1st and June 18th of the year in which they wish to race, OR have completed an organized trail 100-miler ever. There should be no ambiguity that your qualifier is a "trail" run. Cascade Crest 100 is not easy... prepare accordingly. If you need to ask if Such and Such 50M counts as a "trail" race, then it probably doesn't. Think primarily dirt, single-track trail.
Trail Work Requirement
Entrants get to do 8 hours of trail work. This trail work must be completed between January 1st and June 18th to count for that year's race, and should also be done with an organized work party such as the PCTA, WTA, or other trail work organization. Documentation of your trail work must be completed using the online submission form prior to June 18th. Trail work can be done where it is convenient for the runner. We recommend contacting your local US Forest Service office for trail work opportunities. For locals, the Washington Trails Association hosts trail work parties nearly every weekend in beautiful locations throughout the state. The trail work requirement applies to all entrants. Volunteering at a race does not constitute trail work.
There is also the option of buying out the trail work requirement by making a $150 donation which will be directly sent to one or the trail work organization that Cascade Crest 100 supports. In the trail work submission form, make a note in the work description that you are taking the buyout option and remit $150 USD to email@example.com via Paypal. Note that trail work buyouts are not refundable in the event of withdrawal from the race.
Entrants that cancel their registration before June 18th will be reimbursed $150 electronically by PayPal only. Do not enter if you are not prepared to forfeit the rest of the entry fee if you are unable to run.