New marathon coming to the Tillamook State Forest in October

Tillamook State Forest – The sixth-annual Tillamook State Forest Elk-Kings Trail Races are set to take place October 13, and registration for the event is open from now until Oct. 7.

The races include a 50K run along the Wilson River and a 25K run across both Elk and Kings Mountains, and for the first time, there is a brand new race — the Mountain Marathon, which challenges runners to go up and around Elk and Kings mountains twice.

The Mountain Marathon distance race winds through 27.5 miles of forest trails with 8,000 feet of gain. Runners will begin the route by ascending the backside of Elk Mountain before heading down to Kings Mountain and then back up to the Elk Mountain summit.

The 25K race passes across a steep and technical course that runs on single-track trails though the Tillamook State Forest. Participants will summit both Elk and Kings mountains, involving 5,800 feet of gain, and run through several sections of the race course that require small scrambles as well as very-steep descents on rocky and sometimes slick-and-muddy terrain.

“This is NOT your typical 25K trail race,” a Tillamook Forest Center press release says. “We recommend you run the course prior to race day to give you an understanding (of) what this course will throw at you.”

The 50K race may appear to be an easier run, but it still includes 6,500 feet of elevation gain. Participants of this race will run west on a single-track along the Wilson River trail before returning to the starting line and then heading east to Elk Mountain’s base where they then will turn around and run back to the finish line at the starting area — known as a “double out and back.”

GoBeyond Racing magazine called the Elk-Kings trail races “a perfect October event,” adding that the new Mountain Marathon race “is just crazy.”

Race entry fees for the Mountain Marathon are $100 until Oct. 7 and $110 the day of the race, if it’s not sold out. The race starts at 9:00 a.m.

The 50K race costs $110 until Oct. 7 and $120 the day of the race. Starting time is 7:30 a.m.

The 25K race costs $90 until Oct. 7 and $100 the day of the race. Starting time is 9:00 a.m.

For more information or to register to compete visit


Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson holds a bachelors in journalism and an MBA in marketing. He’s a 10-time, Oregon SPJ award-winning journalist, a two-time winner of an ADDY (advertising) for copywriting, and a one-time award winner for fiction for the NW Coastal Writer’s Series. Email: Twitter: @rosecitywriting