Start Training Now to Conquer Your 2020 Goals

Start Training Now to Conquer Your 2020 Goals

Start Training Now to Conquer Your 2020 Goals 1600 1067 Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission

It’s never too late to try something new, and compete in one of the South Sound’s epic endurance challenges

Forget what you’ve heard about an “off-season” because as the temperatures get colder, the training heats up. Make 2020 the year you literally climb a mountain, race across the Salish Sea or run 50 miles. All it takes is guts, proper training and preparation. Put in the hard work and you can tackle these three endurance challenges, then spend the rest of the year celebrating your achievement and planning your next adrenaline rush—whether it takes you to the mountain, the city or the sea.

Mountain – Climb Mount Rainier

Climbing a mountain is pretty tough, no matter who you are. But it’s not impossible for a novice climber to see the summit. Basically, you need to be in great shape to climb a 14,000-foot active volcano and have a guide company to help you get there.

Three companies currently have rights to guide commercial climbs on Mount Rainier:

Climbing season on Mount Rainier is May-September. Guided trips fill up quickly and most companies sell out the winter prior, so sign up early.

Check out these training guides:

Strength for Alpinism | Yes, You Can: Climb Mount Rainier

Get inspired:

How to Climb Mount Rainier | First all women team completes the Infinity Loop at Mount Rainier

City – Rainier to Ruston Relay

What’s the best part about running from the mountain to the sea? It’s mostly downhill!

How about taking a downhill(ish) 50-mile run from the base of Mount Rainier to the Salish Sea? The Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay/Ultra Marathon course travels through the mountain, city and ends at the sea. It’s a great way to see Pierce County’s diverse landscapes and strike up conversations with fellow athletes from the Pacific Northwest. Register a team of two to six people or run it solo. Train for varied terrain and possible Sasquatch sightings.

Solo runners must show proof of completing a marathon in five hours or less, a 50K in six hours or less, or completion of a 50 miler.

Check out these training guides:

Ultramarathon Survival Guide | Everything You Need to Know About Marathon Training

Get inspired:

Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay and Ultra | Race Proclamation

Sea  –  SEVENTY48

Test your tenacity on the high seas. Seventy48 is a 70-mile sea race from Tacoma to Port Townsend, but here’s the real catch: it’s human-powered only. No motors. No sails. No support. Everything from stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, rowboats and other craft have made the journey. It’s a race for those with an adventurous heart.

To train for this, you need to be able to paddle/row at least 30 miles a day. But the training isn’t just physical. You need to handle rough waters, navigate and camp. If you finish, you get exclusive bragging rights…until the next year, that is.

Check out these training guides:

SUP Training Program | How To Train for Kayaking

Get inspired:

Paddle On! Stories from Seventy48 | My Seventy48 Experience


Mark Your Calendars

  • May 30, 2020: Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay and Ultra
  • June 5, 2020: Seventy48

View our events calendar for more endurance challenges.

Banner Photo “IMG_7565” by Steve Yi is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0