Wonderland Circumnavigation

93 Miles, 3-Day Stage, 1-4 (SOLD OUT), 8-11 (SOLD OUT), & 15-18 (SOLD OUT) of August 2018

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Aspire is offering 3 Wonderland Tours in 2018! With10 spots per tour, these trips will sell out!

At 14,410’ Mt. Rainier rises up from lowland valleys in an immense display of rock, ice, and majestic beauty. Circumnavigating the mountain’s glaciated flanks lies the Wonderland Trail. This 93-mile loop gains and descends 21,810’ as it weaves through ancient forests, flows through flower filled meadows, and climbs the many steep ridges cut by the mountain’s glaciers and rivers. To travel this trail is to experience the ecosystems, beauty, and savagery of the mountain.

Itinerary

A 3-day circumnavigation of Mt. Rainer is a concentrated ultra-running challenge in a world-class destination. Aspire is committed to providing exceptional service and support to ensure an unforgettable experience. The following schedule is a tentative outline of what to expect over the course of the trip. Click here for an Alltrails course overview map and elevation profile.

Wednesday 


4pm. Group convenes at Whittaker Mountaineering, Ashford WA. Shuttles from SeaTac, Seattle, and the I-5 corridor available with registration.

5pm. Depart for campsite.

5:30. Arrive camp. Aspire will serve an evening meal, conduct a course overview and orientation, runners pack/prep for an early start.

Thursday 


6am. Wake. Aspire will serve a hot breakfast.

7am. Depart for Wonderland Trailhead at Longmire. Run.

  • Longmire to Mowich Lake: 34M +9,755’ / -7,600’ Travel time: 7-12 hours

2-7pm. Arrive Mowich Lake Camp. Race bags, personal gear and equipment will all be waiting along with delicious food and drinks.

Friday 


7am. Wake, hot breakfast.

8am. Run direct from Camp

  • Mowich Lake to White River: 28M +5,871’ / 5,900’ Travel time 5-9 hours

1-5pm. Arrive White River Campground. Food, gear, and shower waiting.

Saturday 


7am. Wake up, hot breakfast.

8am. Run from camp.

  • White River to Longmire: 31M +6,184 / -7,610’ Travel Time 6-10 hours.

2-6pm. Arrive Longmire! Food and gear waiting.

8pm. Aspire will shuttle runners back to their vehicles in Ashford, SeaTac, Seattle, etc.

Day 3 of this course is challenging! As in all endurance efforts it is difficult to predict the challenges of weather, injury, and fatigue.  Runners should not make any travel/flight plans Saturday evening.  We will provide an evening shuttle back to Seattle Saturday night.  Runners can also plan to camp Saturday night and join us for breakfast and a return trip arriving in to Seattle by 1pm on Sunday.

Gear

Running Gear: A personal running pack/vest, hydration system, water filtration, and personal snacks. Aspire has a selection of bars, gels, electrolytes etc. available for runners, but we also encourage folks to bring foods that they are accustomed to, especially for long runs.

Camping Gear: A tent, sleeping bag, pad, and camp clothing suitable for a spectrum of mountain weather. If your traveling from out of town or don’t want to worry about overnight gear, this equipment is available for rent with registration.

Cost

Early Bird Registration: $900, ends December 31st 
Regular Registration: $1000, ends March 31st
Late Registration: $1100, closes July 16th

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Trip Insurance

Every year we have at least one runner who due to injury, illness, or personal/familial circumstances can not participate in their registered trip.  While registrations can be transferred, Aspire does not issue refunds.  See our FAQ’s.  We strongly encourage each runner to purchase 3rd party trip insurance that will reimburse the cost of registration in the event that you are unable to participate in the event.

2018 Course Packet