Dark Divide Landing

Welcome to The Dark Divide 100 Miler

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Wonderland Running is thrilled, honored, and humbled to announce the Dark Divide 100 Miler. The race will take place August 28-29, starting and finishing at the Cispus Learning Center.

The Dark Divide 100 Miler will take you to seldom-traveled places that are unspeakably beautiful, soul-stirringly remote, and uncommonly rugged, in the heart of the Central Washington Cascades.

Laying in the center of Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, this is a land of deep, solitary valleys filled with centuries-old trees; stunning, serrated sub-alpine ridges that are painted by wildflowers and serrated by peaks; wild streams tumbling unfettered over waterfalls into sparkling pools; viewscapes that feel like you can touch Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and Mount Saint Helens with your fingers… and a treasure of glimpses into the world as it once was.

The race features over 26,000 feet of ascent and an equivalent amount of descent. with long, wild stretches through the Dark Divide Roadless Area. Don’t worry though, we have a generous 38-hour cutoff to give you every chance to earn your finisher’s buckle!

We are grateful to be hosting the start/finish and race headquarters at Cispus Learning Center near Randle, WA. These full facilities have plenty of parking and camping available for runners, right at the doorstep of the Dark Divide.

Race registration is now open on Ultrasignup!!!!!

Ancestral lands of the Taidnapam, Stl’pulmsh, and Pshwánwapam peoples.

RACE QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER LEVEL ULTRAMARATHON

In addition to the obvious fact that you are running 100 miles, you will also encounter technical trails, long, steep climbs, and some very remote places. In the Roadless Area, you will travel from 8-10 miles between aid stations. If you have to drop from the race in the Roadless Area or at the southern end of the course, it will take you many hours before we can get you back to Cispus Learning Center. In addition to a high level of stamina, physical and emotional fortitude, and extensive training, you will need to be comfortable with long stretches of wilderness travel and navigational skills, including at night and by yourself. Given all of this, the Dark Divide 100 Miler will require that you have completed a trail race 50 miles or longer by August 1st, 2020. The qualifying race will need:

  • To have been finished within the cutoff time for the qualifying event
  • To have verifiable official results
  • To be primarily run on trail
  • For qualifying 50 Mile and 100 Kilometer races, the result must take place in 2020.
  • For qualifying 100 Mile races, the result must be within two years of the 2020 Dark Divide 100 Miler (between August 1st, 2018 and August 1st, 2020)

As is the tradition for 100 Mile trail races (and I hope someday the tradition for ALL trail races), there will be a volunteer service requirement to participate in the Dark Divide 100 Miler. Recreation in our wild spaces and natural areas can and does have significant and sometimes damaging impacts on the places we explore and love. These impacts have become greatly magnified by the growth of our sport, the growth of outdoor recreation in general, and the ever present and often careless influence of social media. The following forms of volunteer activities will be recognized by Wonderland Running:

  • Habitat restoration (e.g. native plantings, invasive species removal, watershed enhancement projects, natural area clean-up).
  • Trail building, repair, or restoration.
  • Volunteer activities that enable inclusivity and access to outdoor activities and opportunities for underrepresented groups and/or children.

A minimum of 8 volunteer service hours will be required. Wonderland Running will provide a volunteer verification form upon receipt of race registration. This form will need to be filled out and signed by the organization for which you performed the volunteer work. The work will need to be completed prior to race.

PLEASE NOTE: YOUR QUALIFYING RACE AND YOUR VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO STARTING THE 2020 DARK DIVIDE 100 MILER.

IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE EVIDENCE THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED BOTH YOUR QUALIFYING RACE AND YOUR VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS PRIOR TO RACE START, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START THE RACE. THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS.

RUNNERS WHO ARE NOT ALLOWED TO START BECAUSE THEY DID NOT COMPLETE THEIR QUALIFYING RACE AND THEIR VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY REFUND OR RACE CREDIT WHATSOEVER.

Thank you for reading this. Thank you for doing your part in making the Dark Divide 100 Miler a safe and rewarding experience for yourself, other runners, volunteers, search & rescue, and race staff. Thank you for doing your part to help preserve and protect our wild spaces, and helping others to do the same.

PACERS

Pacers are allowed at Quartz Creek Aid Station (Mile 63.5). This is the earliest location in the race where a pacer may be picked up. Due to the remote backcountry nature of this race, your pacer must remain with you until at least the Juniper Ridge Aid Station at Mile 93.7. You may choose to swap pacers at Juniper Ridge Aid Station (Mile 93.7), though at this point you are on a gentle downhill dirt road with only 7 miles left. You are limited to one pacer at a time. Also remember, it is almost two hours on remote and sometimes rough forest service roads from Cispus Learning Center to the Quartz Creek Aid Station. Please take this into account.

Here are the Dark Divide pacer rules:

  • Pacers MUST check in with their runner during race check-in. Pacers will sign a waiver and be assigned a PACER bib.
  • Pacers must remain with their runners at all times.
  • Pacers may not mule or otherwise take/give supplies except at aid stations.
  • Pacers must abide by all course rules and permitting agency requirements. Runners may be disqualified from the Dark Divide 100 Miler if their pacers do abide by all course rules and permitting agency requirements.

HERE IS THE OUTLINE OF EVENTS FOR THE DARK DIVIDE 100 MILER:

Thursday, August 27, 2020 (Cispus Learning Center):

  • 12:00 PM: Camping opens for runners and crew
  • 5:00 PM: Runner check-in and drop bag collection begins
  • 7:30 PM: Dinner and Dark Divide race overview

Friday, August 28, 2020 (Cispus Learning Center)

  • 5:00 AM - 6:00 AM: Race packet pick-up
  • 6:45 AM: Race course briefing
  • 7:00 AM: The Dark Divide 100 Miler begins!

Saturday, August 28, 2020 (Cispus Learning Center)

  • 9:00 PM: Final finish line cut-off

Sunday, August 29, 2020 (Cispus Learning Center)

  • 11:00 AM: Runners must be out of their campsites

AID STATIONS:

  • Burley Mountain Fire Lookout (Mile 6.8): NO DROPBAGS OR CREW ALLOWED
  • Cispus (Mile 14): Crew access allowed
  • High Bridge (Mile 17.8): Crew access allowed
  • Juniper Ridge (Mile 23.3): Crew access allowed
  • Sunrise (Mile 31.2): NO DROPBAGS OR CREW ALLOWED, BACKCOUNTRY AID STATION
  • Dark Meadow (Mile 36.9): Crew access allowed; Drop bags allowed
  • Hat Rock (Mile 45.3): NO DROPBAGS OR CREW ALLOWED, BACKCOUNTRY AID STATION
  • Wright Meadow (Mile 55.1): NO DROPBAGS OR CREW ALLOWED
  • Quartz Creek (Mile 63.5): Crew access allowed; Drop bags allowed; Pacers may join at this location
  • Quartz Creek Butte (Mile 69.4): NO DROPBAGS OR CREW ALLOWED
  • Prairie Summit (Mile 75.2): NO DROPBAGS OR CREW ALLOWED
  • Sunrise (Mile 86.3): NO DROPBAGS OR CREW ALLOWED, BACKCOUNTRY AID STATION
  • Juniper Ridge (Mile 93.7): Crew access allowed; Drop bags allowed; Pacers may join at this location
  • High Bridge (Mile 96.2): Crew access allowed

NOTE: THERE IS A SHARP CUTOFF AT QUARTZ CREEK AID STATION. You must be leaving the Quartz Creek Aid Station by 8:00 AM, Saturday, August 29th. You have 25 hours from the race start to do this. If you have not left the Quartz Creek Aid Station by 8:00 AM, you will be pulled from the race. There are no exceptions to this.

NOTE: THERE IS A SHARP CUTOFF AT THE MILE 93.7 JUNIPER RIDGE AID STATION. You must be leaving the Juniper Ridge Aid Station by 6:30 PM, Saturday, August 29th. You have 35½ hours from the race start to do this. If you have not left the Juniper Ridge Aid Station by 6:30 PM, you will be pulled from the race. There are no exceptions to this.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

~ Sean Harrasser

(Wonderland Running)

~ Sean Harrasser (Wonderland Running)

Event Dates and Fees

Event100 miler
Event Date8/28/2020 - 8/29/2020
Fee Before 3/1/2020$278.55
Fee After 3/1/2020$288.55
Fee After 6/1/2020$328.55

Here are the directions from Portland to the start/finish area at Cispus Learning Center:

  • Head north on I-5 to US-12 E (approximately 50 miles)
  • Take Exit 68 for US-12 E toward Morton/Yakima
  • Turn right onto US-12 E from the off-ramp. and head approximately 48 miles to Randle, WA
  • Once in Randle, turn right on to WA-131 S, and head south
  • After about one mile, go left at the fork on to Cispus Road
  • Continue on Cispus Road for just over 8 miles
  • At this point, Cispus Road will be a right turn at a t-junction. Do not continue straight on Forest Service Road 23
  • Continue on Cispus Road past Forest Service Road 29, over the bridge
  • After the bridge, turn right to stay on Cispus Road. Do not continue straight on Forest Service Road 28
  • Stay on Cispus Road approximately 1 mile to the Cispus Learning Center, which will be on your right

Here are the directions from Seattle to the start/finish area at Cispus Learning Center:

  • Head south on I-5 (approximately 30 miles)
  • Take Exit 127 for WA-512 E toward Puyallup/S. Tacoma Way
  • Use the left 3 lanes to turn left onto WA-512 E (signs for Puyallup)
  • In approximately 1 mile, take the Steele Street exit and turn left onto Steele Street
  • Continue ontp 116th Street S and then onto Spanaway Loop Road S for approximately 4 miles
  • Spanaway Loop Rd S turns left and becomes WA-704 E
  • In approximately 1.5 miles, turn right onto WA-7 S
  • Follow WA-7 S to US-12 E in Morton (approximately 50 miles)
  • From the junction in Morton, turn left onto US-12 E
  • Once in Randle, WA, turn right on to WA-131 S, and head south
  • After about one mile, go left at the fork on to Cispus Road
  • Continue on Cispus Road for just over 8 miles.
  • At this point, Cispus Road will be a right turn at a t-junction. Do not continue straight on Forest Service Road 23
  • After the bridge, turn right to stay on Cispus Road. Do not continue straight on Forest Service Road 28
  • Stay on Cispus Road approximately 1 mile to the Cispus Learning Center, which will be on your right


Estimated drive times:

  • Portland, OR - 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Seattle, WA - 2½ hours

Beneficiaries

Wonderland Running recognizes the honor and privilege of being able to use these beautiful lands for the Dark Divide 100 Miler. As such, it is important that we give something back to the community and to this special place. For the 2020 race, we will be donating a portion of the race proceeds to the following organizations:

All Play/Elementary Facilitation Program

All Play/Elementary Facilitation Program Cispus Learning Center has generously allowed use of their facilities for the start/finish area of the race, as well as hosting runner camping and Wonderlamnd logisitcal operations. We are donating to them on behalf of Cispus Learning Center, we will be donating to the All Play/Elementary Facilitation Program, which is a K-4 program that develops inclusivity and outdoor play in childhood learning and play programs. for the 55K race.

White Pass Scenic Byway.

White Pass Scenic Byway. The White Pass Scenic Byway is a non-profit whose purpose is to promote the intrinsic assets of the Byway’s natural, historical and cultural resources, and enhance the assets and resources located along the Byway and its partner communities.

Please consider supporting these organizations.

U.S. Forest Service Notice

This event is granted by a Special Use Permit through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.