Who will be the last person standing? Photo by Ryan Thrower

Click here to register for the Gulch Countdown – June 19, 2021

Race overview video by Ryan Thrower

Imagine a race that is open to all ability levels, designed to allow a pace conducive to socializing, yet also designed to challenge even the strongest of runners until there is only one runner left standing. Whether you are looking for a fun trail race to run with your friends or a race to push your limit and discover what you’re made of, this race is for you.

“The inverse proportionate race format is a brilliant and much more interesting twist on the Big Backyard style of racing. It allows for the perfect blend of endurance and speed and I hope that Abram has started a new trend!”

– Zach Szablewski (1st at Gulch Countdown, 19th at Western States 100)

What is the Gulch Countdown?

The Gulch Countdown is a simple 2.18 mile loop in the forests of Japanese Gulch. Surrounded by lush ferns, knobby trees dripping with moss, and giant cedars, the rolling hills of the Gulch give you the feel of the mountains without leaving the backyard of Mukilteo. The Gulch Countdown is a timed race, but not in the traditional sense.

How does it work?

The Gulch Countdown is run as a series of 2.18 mile loops, with the first loop having a 32 minute cut-off. Those who finish ahead of the cutoff can use the remaining time for aid. All finishers within the cut-off then start the next loop together, running it within 31 minutes. With each additional loop the cutoff is reduced by 1 min. After 12 loops – a marathon distance – loop times decrease by 30 seconds until only one runner remains – the Last Person Standing.

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The experts seem to agree that outdoor recreation has a very low-risk for COVID-19 exposure. However, we’ll be taking some extra precautions to keep runners and spectators safe.

Please plan to wear a mask or face covering while in the start/finish area and maintain distance between yourself and other participants and volunteers. On the trail, do your best to keep space between yourself and other runners and wear a mask or face covering when passing in close proximity. At the start and finish area, we’ll have volunteers to hand out snacks and refill water bottles rather than our usual self-serve aid station.

And of course, if you’re feeling sick or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home on race day. If there are changes to state and local guidelines, we will update registered runners about any modifications to the race.

Logo by Audrey Taber