The Rock Candy Mountain Run is brought to you by Rock Candy Running.
We are Olympia people who love this city, trail running, and bringing people together in the outdoors.

Race Director: Mathias Eichler

Operations Director: Amanda Mackison

Land Acknowledgement

We want to respectfully acknowledge that all our trail races here in the South Sound are on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Nisqually, Cowliz, Chehalis and Squaxin Island peoples. Olympia and the South Puget Sound region are covered by the Treaty of Medicine Creek, signed under duress in 1854. Rock Candy Running is acknowledging the Tribal governments and their roles today in taking care of these lands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Be sure to refer our race information page which should answer most questions. Still have one that didn't get answered? Email us , we're happy to help.

What are you doing to organize a safe race?
Yes, we 100% believe COVID-19 is real. We're doing everything in accordance to local health department guidelines and in partnership with the City to ensure a safe as possible race environment. Things can change rapidly as they have been over the course of the last year. We will keep everyone updated as we approach race date! For questions, please, don't hesitate to ask.

What are the cutoff times and where?
Since this is a timed event we will be flexible, but you should only leave the start area if you think you can tag the summit and make it back down in time before the 6pm finish bell.

Are there maps?
Please see our race information page.

Where are the aid stations?
We will have a full aid station at the start/finish line. At the summit of Rock Candy Mountain, which is the approximate halfway point of each loop, we will have a water station.

What food/drinks are at the aid stations?
Expect the usual snacks, fruits, water, Tailwind!!!, gels, and more.

Is there chip timing?
No. We will be only counting completed summits loops.

Where and when can I find results posted?
Results will be posted after the race here on the website and on UltraSignup.

Can I get a refund or defer my race entry to next year?
No. At this time, these options are not available for any reason.

Is there a military discount?
No, but the earlier you sign up, the cheaper the race will be!

Is there same-day race registration?
Yes, but only if we don't sell out. So watch our announcements on social media about this.

Where do I pick up my race number?
Race numbers can be picked up the day of the race, starting at 5:00am and on the day before at Eastside Big Tom. More info to follow.

Do I need ID to pick up my number?
Yes. We need to verify that you are indeed the runner you say you are. Friends or family cannot pick up the race number for you.

What time does the race start?
The Twelve Hour Challenge starts at 6am, but if you only want to run a single loop you can start your run no later than 10am.

Where can I park?
There is a good sized parking lot at the Rock Candy trailhead. Please carpool if you can to the start line.

How do I get to Rock Candy Mountain?
We have detailed directions to Capitol Forest here.

Can I have a drop bag?
Yes, you're more than welcome to bring a drop bag. We will have a place for them reserved at the start/finish aid station.

Can I run with my pet?
Runners for the Rock Candy Mountain Run are not allowed to race with pets under any circumstances.

Will the course be closed to non-runners?
The Capitol Forest will still be open to the public on race day. Be courteous and polite to anyone you encounter on and around the trails.

Can I run with a stroller?
No. This is a trail race and the trails aren't suitable for strollers.

What ages can run?
If you're under 16 and interested in running this race we ask you to sign a parental consent form at the race big pickup.

Can I wear headphones while running?
No headphones are allowed during the race. For big sections of the course the trail is too narrow and you need to be aware of other runners.

Where are the restrooms
There will be a restroom around the start/finish area. This bathroom is maintained by DNR City of, so please treat it as if you were the one cleaning it.

Can I use trekking poles on the course?
Yes, this is a mountain race. Poles are allowed.

Is there first aid? Where?
We have a medical team working race weekend. They will be located at the start/finish line and will come to you if you are injured on the course.

Is there cell service?
Yes, mostly, but it can be spotty in places. However, please refrain from texting and running.

What if the weather is bad?
We run the race, unless there is a weather event that is rare and is a serious danger to the safety of the runners. Rain, snow, sleet; we still run the race. Keep in mind this is going to be in September, so expect to be pretty warm - we hope.

Where can friends and family watch?
We encourage friends and family to cheer you on wherever they can, but prefer that they stay close to the start/finish area or on the summit.

Do you need volunteers?
We can always use a helping hand. Reach out to us and we will see where we can place you!

Who took your awesome photos?
Our cover shots on the homepage are by Dennis Kurtz, all others by our staff and friends of the run - thank you!