Race Details

September 17th, 2022

Start Time

How far can you go?

Start time: 6:00am

The race course is out-and-back course. It's steep. With a mix of terrain.

You will climb 1,800 ft. in about 3.5 miles to reach the summit of Rock Candy Mountain. From there its all downhill.

All racers will run the same route, some just more often than others.

The course will be marked well with ribbons, signage and other visible markers. Consult the map for exact details for the course.

We will have a full aid station at the start/finish line and a water station at the summit turnaround.

You must check in at the summit with the aid station staff, failure to do so will result in a DNF.

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Discover Pass

To park at the trailhead starting line you would normally need a WA State Discover Pass, but we just found out that Sept. 26th 2020 is a fee free day, so you actually won't, how cool is that?

DNR Waiver

Super important! You must fill out this waiver(coming soon) and bring it with you. No bib will be handed out without a filled out waiver. Yes, we will have extra on race day.

Race Day Package Pickup

Race packets can be picked up on race day starting at 5:00am at the race headquarters at the Rock Candy trailhead.


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


The Rock Candy Mountain Run is a cupless race. Bring a collapsible cup for fluids at the aid stations. In our effort to reduce waste we will have very few trash cans at the event. We aim to recycle an and compost most of our waste. Please be mindful of our environment.


The Rock Candy Mountain Run will take place on September 26th, so it could be warm or not, this is the Pacific Northwest after all. You're running almost entirely in the forest, so it won't be insanely hot.

Directions to Rock Candy Mountain

10517 Rock Candy Mountain Rd SW - Olympia, WA 98512

From Olympia
  • From Olympia take US-101 North toward Aberdeen.
  • Stay left on SR-8 W toward Montesano, Aberdeen and Ocean Beaches.
  • After 4+miles take a left! (opposite of Summit Lake Rd NW) onto Rock Candy Mountain Rd SW
  • The parking lot is just a a couple hundred feet further along the gravel road.
  • Don't forget your Discover Pass!
From Seattle or Portland
  • Take I-5 to Olympia.
  • From I-5 take Exit 104 in Olympia and merge onto US-101 North.
  • Follow directions from Olympia.

From Grays Harbor County
  • Take SR-12/SR-8 toward Olympia
  • Take right onto Rock Candy Mountain Rd SW


On race day, racers must respect the direction and authority of the race director, race organization, volunteers and DNR staff.

  • We are all sharing the Capitol Forest, so be kind to anyone you encounter and help showcase why the trail running community is so awesome!
  • No short-­cutting of any kind. We have eyes out on the course and if you cut a section, you will be disqualified and banned from future races.
  • Do not litter. At all. Ever. While we can only monitor the course and not your entire life, if we catch you littering, you will be disqualified and receive a lifetime ban. Bonus high fives/hugs for all who pick up trash.
  • Please use the bathrooms at the trailhead/parking lot. Keep them as clean. We are guests in the Capitol Forest and hope to return year after year.
  • No dogs, baby joggers, or other “accessories” are allowed on the race course.
  • Stay on the trail when you can. We ask that you stay to the trails to limit our impact on the vegetation.
  • If you come across an injured runner, you must stay with that person until medical attention arrives. Failure to do so may result in a disqualification.
  • Slow runners must yield the trail to others wishing to pass. Be alert and conscientious of other runners.
  • Please, no headphones. For big sections of the course the trail is too narrow and you need to be aware of other runners.
  • Non-­participants may NOT accompany registered runners along the course for any reason.
  • Dropping Out: If you find it necessary to drop from the race, you must do so at the aid station. Notify the aid station captain and make sure they get your bib number. Please do not leave the course without notifying an aid station captain. If we can’t account for your whereabouts, we will assume you are missing and launch a search party.
  • Race Staff has permission to pull any runner from the event due to injury or another reason that the runner should not continue. We are looking out for your safety, trust us.

Rule Violations

Participants are expected to behave in a sportsmanlike manner. The Race Management team reserves the right to impose infractions for any reason, even ones not mentioned here. This could be in the form of a DNF issued, or a lifetime ban.

Official protests of infractions and rule violations must be made directly to the Race Directors on race day. If a case of unclear or contested infractions occur, a jury of available racers, volunteers and race marshals will be gathered to discuss what the appropriate action may be. All decisions may be vetoed by the Race Directors.

  • Short-­cuts taken on any section of the course. The route is well-marked, so follow along and enjoy the path we created. We like and know you will too.
  • Disobeying the directions of Race Management and/or race volunteers.
  • Littering. Leave the trail cleaner than you found it. Carry trash with you until you get to the aid station garbage can.
  • Having a pet on the course.
  • Failing to remain at a checkpoint or the aid station for a medical evaluation.
  • Blocking another runner in any section of the course.
  • Failing to respect private property or the other users of the park. Be a trail running ambassador. Not a trail run ass.
  • Running without a number or using someone else's number.
  • Littering. Yes, this is a huge deal.
  • Abuse, either verbal or physical, against anyone in, on or around the course. Be kind. Enjoy the run. Be an upstanding citizen of the trail running community.