Training log for 50 mile (80K) Ultra-run. Oct 4th, 2020

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Course

The run I have planned is a 50 mile (80K) course. I have mapped it in Google Earth: click here: 50@50 interactive map or click on the image below to view larger. The run is almost entirely either asphalt or pavement. It starts at Elk Lake and goes to Bend Oregon where the course takes a turn north and makes a 20 mile loop through Bend, ending at the Family Kitchen, near downtown, where the finish line will be.

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Start Line – Elk Lake

Elk Lake in Summer

The start line will be at Elk Lake Resort and Marina. Elk lake Resort and marina is a small resort that has campsites, RV sites, cabins, and a small restaurant among other things. From kayaking and fishing to snowmobiling and snowshoeing, Elk Lake has a variety of summer and winter activities.

On Oct 4th, Elk Lake is not very busy and getting ready for the winter season. I plan to start from the lower parking lot on Oct. 4th very early in the morning. About 5 or 6 am. The specific start time will be determined later. I have rented a campsite so I will have a staging area and I may arrive the day before so I can rest early.

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From the lower parking lot I will exit the resort area and turn north onto Cascade Lakes National Byway The Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway is a National Scenic Byway in Central Oregon. It runs for 66 miles in the rugged country of Deschutes and Klamath counties on the east side of the Cascade Range.

I will then run north for 5 miles turning east at Devils Lake. The first 5 mile section is fairly level with only about a 500 ft incline. It should be a good start to get warmed up. From the 5 mile point to the 10 mile point will be more challenging. There will be about a 750 ft incline overall but with several steep sections to run. So the first 10 miles has about a 1,225 ft. incline

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The run will level out at its highest elevation near Mt. Bachelor then continue along Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway the next 15 to 20 miles until it reaches Bend. From Mt. Bachelor area (10 mile marker) into Bend (mile marker 30), the run has an overall decline of 2,480 ft. with sections that climb or decline along the way.

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It should be nice running into Bend where the run will then become suburban, with more turns, sidewalks and other things that will make it somewhat more complicated.