The McKenzie River Trail run is 31 miles on one of the prettiest trails in America. It traces a route along the beautiful McKenzie River, with two spectacular waterfalls, a lake so pristine it is called Clear Lake, lava flows, old growth forest, numerous log bridges and the aquamarine colored Tamolitch Pool where the the river flows from an underground lava tube. The race offers runners a technically challenging course with only moderate elevation gains and the inspiration of some of Oregon's most breathtaking scenery.
The 2018 race will be the 31st annual running of the McKenzie River Trail Run, making it Oregon's oldest continuous ultra run. Net proceeds from the race are used to support the McKenzie Bridge area non profits. Our intent is to support local businesses and products as much as possible. Keep an eye out for local logos. The event is operated by McKenzie River Trail Run LLC under a special use permit from the Willamette National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.
The run begins at Carmen Reservoir off Hwy 126, just down river from Koosah Falls and Icecap campground. After a short gravel section, the course heads upriver on the Waterfalls Trail, crosses Hwy 126 and then goes around Clear Lake to the Santiam Wagon Road and the first aid station. From there it goes through Clear Lake resort, crosses back over Hwy 126 and takes a bridge to the far side of the river. It then follows the McKenzie River Trail 21 miles in the downriver direction to the finish line across from the McKenzie River Ranger Station.
Aid and Drop Bags
Aid Stations: Aid Stations will be located every 4-6 miles and will offer water, Gatorade, gels and typcial aid station food with local twists.
Drop bags: Runners can deposit drop bags at the designated areas at the start for delivery to Trail Bridge Reservoir at mile 16.7 or the finish line? Trail Bridge drop bags will be delivered to the finish area after the last runner passes through at approximately 1:00 PM.
Our intention is to have runners off the course by 4:00 PM. That allows 8 hours to finish the course (about 15:30 min/mile). Cutoffs will be enforced beginning at aid station #2 at mile 11.2. Exact cutoff times will be posted on the website.
Entry fee for the 2018 race will be $75. Registration opens at midnight on April 1 and closes at 11:59 pm on April 7. The lottery will be held on April 8.
People who were registered for the 2017 race and qualify for bypassing the lottery this year must still register during the window and pay the registration fee.
Information on refunds will be updated in the future
More important stuff
Awards go to open male and female overall winner and top male and female in each age group. Age groups are 29 and under, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, and 60-69, and 70 and over. Open winners not eligible for age group awards; therefore there will not be an age group award for the age group that the open winner comes from.
Local time: 8:56 PM
The race start and finish are about 20 miles apart. Participants are asked to be generous in providing rides to other runners. Organizations independent of the race have provided shuttle service in past years and are expected to again this year with expanded services. Watch our Facebook page for details.