Feb 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Entry Fee $35
(Lowest or Early Registration)
Entry Fee 2 $65
(Highest or Late Registration)
Prize Money: yes
Starting Elevation: 1600
High Point: 1600
Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 100%
First Year of the Event: 2013
Men's Record: 2017 Max King (36) 3:32:36
Women's Record: 2018 Stephanie Howe Violett (34) 4:10:16
Come and participate in one of the most challenging 50K in the Auburn/Cool area. This event has a total accumulative climbing of over 6,000 feet in the 50K.
The name FOURmidable comes from the four major climbs along the course. The 50K runners will start by going down to the river, to then climb back up by using Cardiac hill. After the 5 mile loop runners will reach Gate 142 AS (start area); after getting the hydration and calories they need, runners will run towards the famous No Hands Bridge on their way out and climb up K2 (aka-Training hill) towards the top of Knickerbocker Canyon to then descend all the way down to the river. At which moment runners will be right on the other side of the American River canyon which can be seen from the START area. Runners will then climb up the switchbacks back to the Knickerbocker AS to then cross Knickerbocker creek on their way towards Cool AS and then follow the Western States trail towards No Hands AS and on their way up to the finish.
The 2019 50K will be a selection race for the U.S. Trail Team.