FROSTY MOSS RELAY
May 15, 2021
80 Miles – 15 Legs – 2 – 5 Runners
THE MINI MOSS
30 Miles – 8 Legs – 2, 3, or 4 Runners
An all-day run with friends in the greenest corner of the lower 48
You and your best road and trail running buddies. Form a team of 2 – 5 people (Full Moss) or 2, 3, or 4 people (Mini Moss). Any mix of age, gender, and ability, as long as your team can average a 12-minute pace or faster. Load up your team van with food, drinks, extra layers, tunes, and a fun competitive spirit.
Saturday, May 15, 2021. Wave starts based on teams’ projected average pace. Team captains are asked to attend the Friday evening packet pickup: 5-9pm at 7 Cedars Resort
The Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Frosty Moss HQ is based in Port Angeles, where the mountains greet the sea. The course follows the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Adventure Route. Mini Moss begins at the end of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles (all pavement; no trail running).
Pavement + Trail = The Best of Both Running Worlds
Finally, you don’t have to choose between your roadie and trail friends. Join forces and crush the competition on pavement and dirt!
Frosty Moss Relay = An 80-Mile River of Green
When skies are gray, we head for the trails. There’s no better way to spend the day than running through mossy, ferny forests. (Photo: Lindsey Asplund)
THE FROSTY MOSS EXPERIENCE
Frosty Moss Relay runners trace the Olympic Discovery Trail (paved multiuse path) and Adventure Route (singletrack trail) from west to east, beginning at the Camp Creek Trailhead along the Sol Duc River and finishing in Blyn at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe facilities.
Frosty Moss Relay is about 80 miles and consists of 15 legs in a mix of distances on pavement and trail. Paved legs are mostly on former railroad grade, meaning relatively flat with some rolling hills. The Adventure Route is hilly dirt singletrack, not overly technical, plus a few miles of gravel road at the beginning. Full Moss teams have 2 – 5 runners.
The 30-mile Mini Moss has 8 legs and teams of 2, 3, or 4 runners. It begins at the end of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles and follows the Olympic Discovery Trail to Blyn. All pavement, no trail running.
Teams are welcome to divide the legs among runners as they like, but a runner may not run back-to-back legs.
Along the way, you’ll experience the best of the Olympic Peninsula:
- Towering evergreens and vivid green moss and ferns
- Sol Duc River, Lake Crescent, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca
- Olympic National Park and the Spruce Railroad Trail
- Views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and Vancouver Island to the north
- The wild and free Elwha River
- Miles of waterfront in Port Angeles
- Bucolic farmland in Sequim
- The restored Dungeness River Railroad Bridge
- The iconic architecture of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
In addition to an epic outdoor experience in the far northwest corner, all runners receive…
- Swag bag of Frosty Moss Relay goodies and other surprises.
- Comprehensive event guide and on-course race support.
- Meal, beverage, and awards at Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s 7 Cedars Resort.
- Bragging rights for getting after it all day on the Olympic Peninsula in May.
Relay teams provide their own vehicle and should be self-sufficient with food and water. Teams are limited to ONE on-course vehicle, ideally a van, minivan, or SUV. No motorhomes, limos, buses, or tow-behind trailers. Decorate your ride! Frosty Moss Race Directors will give an award to one creative team for “Best Team Vehicle”.
All roads will be open—traffic rules apply. Runners must stop and wait for traffic before crossing intersections.
CUTOFF TIME (DNF)
This is a challenging event! Teams must average an overall 12-minute mile pace or faster, including time spent at exchange points. That said, 12-minute teams may very well find themselves missing the cutoff. Grab a fast friend as your ringer.
Frosty Moss Teams must reach the end of Leg 7 by 4:00 p.m. If your team does not arrive in time, you are required to skip the next race leg, and start again at the start of Leg 9 at Port Angeles Yacht Club.
Frosty Moss Teams reaching the end of Leg 12 (Railroad Bridge Park) after 8:00 p.m. will be sent directly to the finish line. Teams farther behind will also be sent to the finish line when they reach the end of their leg. In these cases, teams will receive a DNF (no race time) but are encouraged to hit the party time to celebrate your mossy adventure.
Mini Moss Teams reaching the end of Leg 5 (Railroad Bridge Park) after 6:30 p.m. will be required to skip the next race leg, and start again at the start of Leg 7 at Carrie Blake Park.
Organizers at their discretion may also pull teams off the course sooner or direct teams to skip a leg(s) to make the cutoff.
Washington State has issued the following requirements for racing:
To find out what Phase that Clallam County is in, visit:
Race requirements include, but are not limited to:
Wave starts and maximum participant caps
Face coverings when not on race course (start / finish area)
No congregating or after-party activities at the start / finish area – participants must leave the area after they finish the race
Social distance of 6 feet while waiting to start, after finish, at hydration stations, and in line for portable toilets
Additionally, the various permitting agencies (city, county, state, federal, and liquor board) may have requirements on top of the state requirements issued by the governor. Please be patient with us, as we have to respond to constantly-changing guidelines from various agencies, so we will not know all of the details of each race until pretty close to the race date. All registered participants will be advised by email 1-2 weeks before the race regarding the details of what race day will look like.
Food/beer: Some races have food and beer at a location away from the start/finish area. Our ability to provide this, or in what form we will provide this, will depend on the rules in place for the location of the food/beer service, and the health and liquor board guidelines in place at the time for that location. Races that typically have food/beer at the finish line – GOAT Run and Big Hurt – are in September. At this time we are planning for business-as-usual for these races, but keep checking our website for updates.
- Registration closes May 14, 2021. No day-of-race registration.
- Frosty Moss: Teams of 2, 3, 4, or 5; $95 per person. Limited to 60 teams (3 start waves of 20 teams each). Teams of 2-3 will be grouped for timing / awards. Teams of 4-5 will be grouped together for timing / awards.
- Mini Moss: Teams of 2, 3, or 4; $75 per person. Limited to 25 teams.
NOTE: At registration, only the team captain’s info is required. You’ll submit a team roster with everyone’s info at packet pickup.
- NO REFUNDS: In case of forced cancellation due to covid-19, teams will receive the choice of a free transfer to the following year, or an 80% refund.
Packet Pickup: Friday, May 14
Team captains should plan to attend the Friday evening packet pickup, at 7 Cedars Resort. Bring printed copies of your team roster and signed waivers for all teammates (linked at top of this website). There will be on-site check-in on Saturday, but be aware that the drive from Port Angeles to the start line for the 80-mile Frosty Moss takes about an hour. Book lodging in the area the night before if at all possible.
PRO TIP: Register early to hold your spot!
RUNNING IN THE DARK
You will be running in the dark in the morning and evening. Runners must wear reflective vests, headlamps, and blinky lights when the light dims and at all times along roadways. Some parts of the course can also be dark due to the dense forest. Bonus dark: The unlit restored train tunnel on Leg 3.
Sunrise/Sunset in Port Angeles, WA, on 5/15/21:
Sunrise: 5:38 a.m.
Sunset: 8:50 p.m.
Day length: 15 hours 12 minutes
Weather on the peninsula can change by the minute and the microclimate. Be prepared for sun, rain, flurries, drizzle, rainbows, mist, clouds, and, of course, frost.
Mid-May temperatures typically range from the mid 40s to mid 50s Fahrenheit, depending on terrain, elevation, and microclimate. Be prepared with appropriate layers, plus warm blankets and beverages in your team vehicle. Typically, weather is wetter on the west end and gets warmer and drier as you move east into the rain shadow. That said, be ready for anything, anytime, anywhere.
Bright side: Prevailing west winds off the Strait of Juan de Fuca mean a high chance of a tailwind!