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We are doing it again – we’re going to put YOUR DESIGN on a t-shirt. We’re having another contest where anyone can submit a design idea that uses our logo and/or our tagline. We’ll pick our favorite design, pay you $200 for it, and then print some tees to sell at races and in our […]

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Are you the type of runner that loves the climbs? You are part mountain goat. You can power hike the heck out of a hill. Or are you a downhiller? You take full advantage of gravity and fly down the trail. Quads be damned! The elevation profile of a race shows you where the course […]

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This is the first year that Mountain Lakes 100 is using a lottery for registration. It sold out in less than 30 minutes last year. We know how frustrating lotteries (and quick sell-outs) can be when friends are trying to all get into a race together. So, we have decided to offer our Friend Refund […]

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Since Mt. Hood 50 began using a lottery for the 50-miler in 2015, we’ve offered the Friend Refund option. We will continue this program for the 2019 lottery. The Friend Refund gives you an out if you had planned to run the race with friends or family, and they didn’t get selected in the drawing. […]

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We know some of you have big dreams and goals. Sometimes those are our races, and sometimes they are bigger international events. We pay to get our races evaluated by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) so that they can be UTMB qualifiers. For those wanting to race around Mont Blanc, we are happy to […]

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It is getting more and more difficult to get into races. Lotteries, lightning-quick sell outs, and restricted capacities mean that advanced planning and just plain ol’ good luck are often required to run the races you want. Many of our events have multiple distances; the Wy’east Wonder is a 50-miler and a 50K, Smith Rock […]

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Have you ever wondered how the trail you are running on got there? Well, you know how you don’t really appreciate something, until you actually do the work yourself? Kinda like how you become a good tipper after you wait tables. The same is said for doing trail work. You really appreciate the people who […]

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New for the 2019 Mountain Lakes 100 race, is a requirement that each runner contributes eight hours of volunteer trail work. We feel that more runners need to spend time building and improving the trails we all enjoy. By making it a requirement to race, there will be 1,200 hours of trail work done in […]

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This was the sixth year for the Mountain Lakes 100 race, and the most popular. The race sold out in just 24 minutes, and that was with the registration server getting slammed from all the would-be entrants trying to sign up as soon as it opened. This is not a big race. The field is just […]

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I don’t know if it is the slightly cooler air temperatures, or maybe it’s the fading joy of the warmer weather… or maybe it is just the winding down of one’s racing season, but we get a lot of requests for our next year’s race dates before this year is barely half-way done. So, for […]

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Go Beyond Racing is always looking for ways to make our races more environmentally friendly. We are cupless at our aid stations; we use compostable flatware, silverware, and napkins; we recycle and compost a lot of garbage from our events; we donate to organizations that work to improve forests and trails; we are members of […]

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You signed up for a race and it was already full by the time you got to check out and now you are on the wait list. What does that mean? Will you get into the race? When and how will you know? With the rising popularity of trail and ultra running, races are filling […]

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Again for the 2018 race, Go Beyond Racing is offering the Friend Refund for the Mt. Hood 50 Mile. Lotteries are brutal. You plan your racing calendar for the year and then your name isn’t selected in the lottery and your plan B races are now already full. Or, you get in, but the friend […]

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At the end of August, we announced our 2018 race schedule and alluded to some new races we were developing. We are excited to now share details about those events here. First, the sad news. We were working on a new race in the Columbia River Gorge this past summer, when the forest fires broke […]

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Most of our 2018 trail ultra races are 2019 UTMB qualifiers! This is the third year in a row we’ve paid for the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) to evaluate our courses so we could submit them to UTMB as a qualifier for all of their races. Those trails in Europe are pretty amazing and […]

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Yes, there is plenty of racing left in 2017, but you people are eager, and apparently planners! We’ve had lots of requests for our 2018 race dates. So here you go, here is what we’ve got planned for next year. New Races! We can’t say too much yet, but we are working on two brand-new […]

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No one ever wants to be last. But someone always is – the sweeper. Volunteers are an integral part of any race, and one of the most important roles is that of the sweeper. These are the people who follow the last racer. Their job is multi-faceted and super important. And super rewarding. Not only […]

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We are thrilled to share that we are adding a new race to the 2017 calendar. The Bend Trail Series is modeled after our very popular Portland Trail Series, and will take place this summer on the trails around Bend, Oregon! The Bend Trail Series is a set of four short trail races on Thursday […]

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Go Beyond Racing joined 1% for the Planet this month, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment. “Our member companies have donated more than $150 million to our environmental nonprofit partners to date. Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 3% of […]

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Go Beyond Racing announces that the NUT 100K & 50K, a trail race on the scenic North Umpqua River Trail in Oregon, is moving to August 19, 2017. The race was originally scheduled for June 10th, but due to damage to the trails from this winter’s storms, the date is changed to later in summer […]

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We’re seeing a new trend that we think is pretty cool. More and more runners are planning out their volunteering calendar at the same time they are planning their year’s racing schedule. Whether they are looking to pay it forward, pay it back, learn before they run the race, or just wanting to hang out […]

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We started the Northwest Mountain Trail Series in 2013, the same year that Go Beyond Racing was born. The idea behind the Series was to encourage people to try some new races and run in places they’d never visited before. We feel that the Series has done this, so we are retiring the Series. We […]

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No one really likes a race lottery. As a race director, you feel badly for the people who want to run your race but, by the luck of the draw, they can’t. As a runner, it makes it hard to plan your race schedule when you don’t know if you’ll get into a race. And […]

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The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® (UTMB) has become a big goal race, and a destination race, for many. To enter, runners must earn points at official qualifier races. We are thrilled to share that, again, many of our 2017 ultra races are qualifiers for 2018 UTMB events. Here are the points for our 2017 races: Smith […]

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Many of you are already planning your 2017 race calendar. I get it. You run a really fun race and you want to go back again next year; or maybe you need to go back because you have unfinished business with a course. Or with how quickly races are filling up these days, you want […]

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Go Beyond Racing is going cupless! We’ll start this year at our Volcanic 50 race. We had held off on making this move as we have been purchasing and using compostable cups, plates, bowls, and utensils at our races for a couple years now – even buying carbon offsets on the shipping of those materials. […]

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Many races over 50K in distance offer drop bags. Drop bags allow racers who do not have a crew supporting them along the course to stash supplies they may need later in the race. Drop bags are generally dropped off at the race start and the race organizers transport them to the designated aid stations. […]

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The Pick Your Poison Relay is unique when it comes to relays because you aren’t traveling around in a van, trying to chase or get ahead of your runner. Instead, your whole team gets to literally camp in one spot for the entire race. Runners take turns running around the lake, either on the trail […]

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Update 2/9/16: The NUT 50K is now a qualifier. Some consider the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® (UTMB) to be the crown jewel in ultra running. This race, which starts and finishes in Chamonix France, and circumnavigates Mount Blanc, is difficult to say the least. It is also difficult to get into and runners must qualify by […]

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Each year we organize free group training runs on some of our race courses. These are great opportunities to check out a course you are thinking about racing, or see what you’ve signed up for if you are already registered. For 2016, we have three group runs scheduled that you’ll want to put on your […]

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We are going to do something special for the Mt. Hood 50 Lottery again this year, because we know that many people like to run this race with a friend.  With any lottery, you may get in, but your friend may not. If your name is drawn in the lottery on January 10th, and your […]

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It’s only August and we are receiving a lot of email asking about the dates for our 2016 races. While the permitting process for many of our events doesn’t begin until this winter, we have planned our race schedule for next year and are happy to share it with you here. Put these on your […]

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Weather. Fire. Acts of nature. These things can and do causes races to be cancelled. This post describes how Go Beyond Racing will handle registrations if we ever need to cancel a race. If Go Beyond Racing has to cancel a race for any reason, we will give all runners the option of receiving a […]

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We say that you can count on every Go Beyond races to: Be highly organized with racer safety and satisfaction as top priorities Donate to a worthy beneficiary Have well-stocked aid stations and friendly volunteers Challenge and reward each participant We do take our participants safety very seriously and you can tell by where we […]

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This is going to sound a bit crazy, but trust me, it’s real. Dr. Drake Tollenaar and his Cornerstone Chiropractic is one of the sponsors for the Pick Your Poison Relay. They were last year too, and you’ll remember they set up with massage tables at the main exchange point. They had such a good […]

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We are excited to make two announcements today regarding prizes for Mountain Lakes 100 and the NW Mountain Trail Series. Series sponsor Altra has stepped up big time and thanks to them; we awarding a larger cash prize this year for the Mountain Lakes 100 top finishers: 1st male and female: $1,000 each 2nd male […]

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