Goat Series

The Goat Series is a trail running series that features hilly short-loop courses in local parks, and the challenge is to accumulate as much vertical gain—and as much distance—as you can by completing laps within your chosen time limit, 2 hours, 4 hours, or 6 hours. Only those laps completed before the time limit count; partial laps do not.

With events in local parks, Goat Series events are an opportunity to practice hill running and rack up a lot of elevation gain in your backyard! The series is a great opportunity to have fun in an organized and supportive environment while working on your fitness goals, possibly including preparing for mountain races later in the year with longer climbs.

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Current Standings Last Updated: April 21, 2024
Date Event Page Distance Location
03/09/2024 Boeing Creek Crawl Register 2-hour, 4-hour, 6-hour Shoreline, WA
04/13/2024 Mossy Mountain Madness Trail Run Register 2-hour, 4-hour, 6-hour Carnation, WA
05/25/2024 Lord Hillbilly Trail Run Register 2-hour, 4-hour, 6-hour Snohomish, WA

Finisher Medal & Series Competition


Commemorate your achievement with a custom finisher medal featuring the event artwork. Finish at least one loop? You get a medal!


Are you competitive?

  • Your best 2 performances in the Goat Series will rank you in the series standings!
  • If you want to do fewer events, that’s okay! Series events are open to everyone.
  • You may register for events individually, or use Series Registration to sign up for more than one event at once for your own convenience. Using Series Registration is not required to be part of the series competition.
  • If you complete any of the Goat Series events, you are automatically entered.
  • Points will be awarded separately to runners in the Female and Open categories. After receiving points for placement within the Female and Open categories, participants will then be divided into their age category for the series competition.
  • Participants in all time limits (2-hour, 4-hour, and 6-hour) in each event will be ranked together, using coefficients to scale all results. A 2-hour performance will be considered equivalent to a 6-hour performance if it is 0.42 times the number of laps. A 4-hour performance will be considered equivalent to a 6-hour performance if it is 0.73 times the number of laps.
  • For the purposes of the series points calculation only, each runner will be awarded a virtual amount of additional climb as if they had completed part of an additional lap, based upon their average lap time and time remaining. The maximum fractional lap climb awarded will be a maximum of just less than 1 lap (0.9999 times the climb gained in one lap), even if a runner finishes early enough that they could easily have completed multiple additional laps.
  • Series points are based upon the virtual climb done as calculated above for each event. The average of the top three calculated (virtual) climb totals in each category (Female and Open) will be assigned 100 points, and each competitor’s points are calculated as the ratio of that competitor’s calculated climb to the average calculated climb of the top three in that competitor’s category multiplied by 100.
    • Here’s an example of how the scoring math works: Assume there is 450 feet of climb per loop, and here are the results in one of the two categories:
    • 1st place: 15 laps in the 4-hour in 3:52:30 (9545 feet normalized calculated climb, using 0.72 coefficient)
    • 2nd place: 20 laps in the 6-hour in 5:50:00 (9257 feet normalized calculated climb)
    • 3rd place: 8 laps in the 2-hour in 1:57:36 (8746 feet normalized calculated climb, using 0.42 coefficient)
    • The average of the top three results is 9183 feet normalized calculated climb, and that result is pegged to a 100 point score.
    • A runner who does 5 laps in the 2-hour in 1:50:00 (22 minutes per lap) is assigned a virtual climb of (5 + (2:00-1:50)/22)*450 feet = 2455 feet. This translates to a normalized climb of 5844 feet, yielding a score of 100*5844/9183 = 63.6 series points.
  • In the event of a tie, each runner’s highest point score is used for the tie-breaker. If two runners have identical highest point scores, then the next highest point scores are compared until the tie is broken.
  • The top series participants receive special recognition and free entry to a future trail run.
  • Awards will be presented in the following categories: Female, Open, Masters Female 40+, Masters Open 40+, Youth Female 12/under, Youth Open 12/under, Junior Female 13-19, Junior Open 13-19

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