Friday, March 30, 2012

2012 Triple Ripple Race Information

When:  October 13-14, 2012
Where: Moran State Park, Orcas Island, WA

What:  A trifecta of three running races in two days!

Really, three races-in-one?  Heck, yeah!  You can DO it, trail monster!  Moran State Park has some of the most beautiful trail running on the left coast:  80-year-old single-track trails, giant cedars and doug firs, peeling madronas, moss and lichen and ferns, clear lakes and dizzying ocean views. And mid-October is chanterelle season out here.

This race weekend will give you the chance to enjoy Orcas trails in three gears: go-fast, go-up, and go-long.  It's an ultra in three stages, and you'll go home walking funny, or we haven't done our job!  Whether you compete for the triple crown (recommended!)  or run just one or two races, we invite you to come join the party and enjoy this special place.

Of course, the Triple Ripple is not just about racing!  It's about relaxing with friends and recharging your mind!  It's Orcas Island, after all.  There will be delicious, locally grown food  served at the post race dinner.  Diverse, wonderful restaurants are also available should you choose to dine out.   Sparkling Cascade Lake beckons you to soak your legs between races or pick up a paddle and go canoeing (boats provided!).  Or, learn some new ways to relate your mind to your body with a free Chi Running workshop with Laura Houston on Saturday (and a fuller, paid workshop on Sunday).  Massage therapy can be arranged through the excellent local Healing Arts Center

There's plenty of mellow stuff to do on Orcas between races-- visit the world-famous Bullock permaculture farm, take a tour of the great craftsmen-style Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort, hunt for mushrooms, or go for a sauna/soak at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat.

The Races:

Go-Fast: 4 mile Mountain Lake Run:
  9AM. Saturday, Oct. 13.  A single loop of beautiful Mountain Lake on single track trails, this will be the flat, fast weekend opener.  If you've got some speed, show it off now... 4M MAP

Liz Anjos.   (Martin Taylor Photo.)
Go-Up: 10K Uphill Climb: 3PM, Saturday, Oct. 13.  You can't visit Orcas Island without summitting Mt. Constitution; and you're going to do it the badass way, of course!  This uphill dandy starts at Camp Moran, circles the south shore of Cascade Lake for a little warm-up, then heads straight uphill for 2.4 miles to the Cold Springs saddle.  Good footing, big vertical, lots of momentum-killing switchbacks.  Aid station at Cold Springs shelter.   The last two miles flatten out slightly as you approach the summit from along the east side cliff.   Look for huge Eastward views of Mt. Baker and the North Cascades.  Finish at the 1930s CCC fire tower on top, where refreshments await.  Rides provided back to the start. 10K MAP

Go-Long: 30K-ish Trail Run: 8AM, Sunday, Oct. 14.  If you loved yesterday, then today will make you weep for joy:  18+ miles of the best unbeaten paths on Mt. Constitution.  You'll get long ascents and descents through old growth hemlock, sitka spruce and doug fir; get startled by ravens croaking and gurgling over hidden ponds; run by foot-deep moss, and stumble upon giant views of the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound.  Yup, it's hilly and hard-- but the footing is good, and scores high for run-ability. 30K MAP.

Kid's Race:  New in 2012!  The Funhouse Commons will be hosting a 400m-1000m (-ish) kid's race during the Triple Ripple Trail Festival.  Details still being ironed out.  Stay tuned!

Scoring for The Triple Ripple Trail Monster:   The Triple Ripple Trail Monster will be the runner with the lowest 'weighted' total time for all three races.  The 30K counts 1X.  The Uphill Climb counts 2X, and to give the track stars a fighting chance, the 4-miler will be multiplied by 3.

For example:

racefinish timemultiplierscoring time
10k Uphill1:15:002x2:30:00

Ties will be broken by Greco-Roman wrestling.

Awards: Overall and age-group winners will be recognized in individual races.  Last time around, prizes were great organic garlic from Orcas Farm, local soaps from Island Thyme, and local wine from Lopez Island Vineyards.  Grandiose Awards (even more garlic!!) will be presented to Triple Ripple Trail Monsters overall and in age groups.  Most pathos-inducing injury wins the Golden Crutches (not awarded every year!).

Age Groups: 17-under, 18-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Camping and Lodging:  You are welcome to camp adjacent to the starting area at a beautiful private campsite! Moran State Park has several campgrounds adjacent to Camp Moran.  Southend Camp is closest to race headquarters.  The rustic Mountain Lake campsites are especially beautiful, about 2 miles from Camp Moran/Race HQ at Moran's Environmental Learning Center.  Obstruction Pass has a few very pretty tent sites on bluff above a rocky beach, walk-in only, about 6 miles from Camp Moran.

In addition, Orcas Island is home to many lovely places to stay, including Doe Bay Resort (8 miles from race HQ), and numerous B&Bs.  Many of them are offering special deals to runners.  Check out the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce website for suggestions, and have a look at here for deals being offered to runners.

Bunkhouse housing at Camp Moran will NOT be available this year.

Carpooling:  Are you interested in carpooling to the Triple Ripple?  Good idea! Post your offers or needs below.  Also check our Triple Ripple Facebook page, and the Orcas Island RideShare page on Facebook.  Hitchhiking is common on Orcas, but can't be relied on to get you to the start on time. 

Festival Fees: 
Race Entry Fees Before Sept. 30 Oct. 1 - Oct 13
4 Mile Trail Race $20 $25

10K+ Uphill Climb



30K Trail Race




$70 (save $10!)

$90 (save $10!)
Saturday night party - good hot local food, interesting music, great people!


Included in race entry:  race packet, all festivities including Chi workshop, use of kitchen Friday night, light breakfasts, day pass to park.

PARKING PASS NOT INCLUDED!  Moran State Park requires a Washington State Discover Pass for vehicles.  $10/day or $30/year, available for purchase at park headquarters, or online:

Oct. 11, 2012 Update:  Snail mail and online registration now closed.  Day of Race entry still available.  Just show up!

Please note that registration fees increase after September 30, 2012.  Online registration is available through October 11, two days before the races. Your early registration helps with our planning, thanks!

SORRY, NO REFUNDS:  Transfers to other runners OK as long as they sign a new waiver-- shoot us an email directly (not to UltraSignup).

Orcas Island Triple Ripple Trail Festival charity beneficiary:  The Funhouse Commons.

Entrant limit: 200 runners per race.

Courses:  30K Map and Elevation Chart / 30K Google Earth File (.klm)

Aid Stations:  One aid station on the 10K Hill Climb and four during the 30K -- all stocked with gels, sports drink, cookies, etc.  See course maps for locations.

Drop Bags: 

10K - drop bag service to the finish line area at the top of Mt. Constitution.
30K - drop bag service at Cold Spring aid station (approx. 10.5m mark).

Contact Information:
Race Directors: Susannah Beck and Jen Vollmer, Olga, WA

Finish line at the top of the world! (Martin Taylor photo.)