Notice: No refunds, transfers or rainchecks. *There is no waiting list.
All proceeds go to the Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association. When the event fills, registration will be closed.
Join us Saturday August 9th, 2014 for the 37th Annual Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Run. This 13.3 mile event begins in downtown Ashland's beautiful Lithia Park (el 1900') and climbs on tree-canopied dirt roads and trails to finish on the Mt. Ashland summit (7533'), for a total of over 5,600' of climbing--that's over a vertical mile!
The Mt Ashland Hill Climb Run has the second most elevation gain of any continuous hill climb in the continental United States. We're part of the La Sportiva Oregon Mountain Running Series and the Southern Oregon Trail Series. The following cut-off times exist: 10:15 am to Four Corners (~7 miles), 11:30am to Bull Gap (~11.3 miles) and 12:15am to the Lodge (~13 miles)
Everyone starts at 7:30am. Start is on Winburn Way in front of Sesame Asian Kitchen right at Lithia Park. There are no early starts. Race packet pickup is the day before, between 12pm and 6pm, at Rogue Valley Runners, 161 E. Main St, downtown Ashland or at least 20-minutes before race start. Participants are responsible for getting themselves back to Ashland. We will be offering bus rides, for free, however you must sign up for this service in advance.
Entry fee is $30.
North Face technical shirts are available (optional), but not included in the registration price. This is by design. We don't want to force shirts on people, and we want to keep the price of this event low, so shirts are purchase if you want them, don't if ya don't. That said, we are offering a pretty sweet deal to those that DO want them. Shirts only cost $15. Yup, only $15. For a North Face shirt. True story. During the registration process, you can order a technical fabric t-shirt with our new logo (first year with this logo!). By popular request, we will have women's sizes. Please check the North Face website or a retail outlet if you are uncertain about sizes. There are no t-shirt orders after registration is full.
This is a tough event
THIS IS A SERIOUSLY CHALLENGING EVENT.
Local time: 5:08 AM
Please understand the difficulty of this event before you enter it. It is longer than a half-marathon, and has over 5,600 feet of elevation gain. It could be hot. It could be cold. Or both. Seriously.
Much of the course is in remote forest land. Stopping and turning around is NOT a good option and strongly discouraged. Should you opt to drop out, you MUST report it to an Aid Station captain, lest we miss you and be forced to start a search & rescue (for which you may be liable for the cost). Stopping at an aid station and expecting a ride out is also NOT a good option (you may have to wait a very long time and there may be limited room, if any exists at all). Aid stations are located on bumpy dirt roads, so your ride out is not going to be a comfortable one. Your crew will likely not be able to get to most aid stations easily, and cell reception is minimal on a good day. Plan on running or walking to at least the lodge aid station in the time allotted. Some of the best runners literally collapse at the finish line. We don't want to discourage you; we want to encourage you to be prepared.
Please check our website or facebook page for more information. If you are unsure, email me your questions or concerns PRIOR to registering. Again, no refunds will be issued.