The 50-mile relay from Mount Rainier to Tacoma's waterfront. The Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition is hosting the 16th annual 50-mile run, also known as the R2R. The course covers a gorgeous, fun downhill course
The 50-mile relay from Mount Rainier to Tacoma’s waterfront.
The Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition is hosting the 16th annual 50-mile run, also known as the R2R. The course covers a gorgeous, fun downhill course and celebrates National Trails Day. All proceeds go towards the purchase and maintenance of the very trail system runners use for public use. The Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay challenges teams of runners to travel the course under their own power, from the base of Mount Rainier to the sea. The event calls attention to the Foothills Trail, a rail-trail project that tracks the course of the old Northern Pacific Railroad.
Starting in the Carbon River rainforest, the runners lose 1,800 feet of elevation before crossing the finish line 50+ miles later at the north end of Marine Park along Ruston Way on the Tacoma waterfront. Racers pass through a variety of naturescapes along the way, from alpine to rainforest to coastline. Wild cherries often canopy the trail, tribute to rail travelers who flicked their pits off the train. Otter, beaver, red tail hawk, kingfishers, hummingbirds, and bald eagles make homes along the Foothills Trail.
Hosting the 16th annual 50-mile run, the Rainier to Ruston. Runners enjoy the journey from the majestic base of Mount Rainier to the stunning waterfront of Tacoma. Relay Runners will commemorate the old railroad by passing through bell standards in each town on the way to the sea. Be sure to attend the bell-ringing in your town! Runners will traverse gorgeous forests, historic Washington towns and cities, finishing the run along a beautiful waterfront finish with a view of Mt. Rainier. The downhill and flat course is a runners dream. Run for the trails, stay for the party!
All Day (Saturday)