This information has been updated for the 10/28/2017 race
Due to forest fire danger, we have had to reschedule the race from 9/9/2017 to 10/28/2017.
Runners registered for the 9/9/2017 race have received communication and the option to either run on 10/28 or to bypass the lottery (if necessary) for the 2018 race. Those opting for the 2018 race will still need to register and pay during the open registration period, typically April 1-7.
We have attempted to update this page with details of the 10/28 event, but please contact the race directors if you have questions or if we overlooked updating anything.
2018 McKenzie River Trail Run
New date: 10/28/2017 (changed from 9/9/2017)
New start time: 8:00 AM (changed from 7:00)
Registration: Runners registered for the 9/9/2017 even have received communication giving them th option to either run on 10/28 or to bypass the lottery for the 2018 race. Due to the number of registered runners unable to to run on 10/28, additional spots have opened up for runners to register to run on 10/28. We are offering these spots for $40, but they will not include a tshirt or other swag. Registration for these additional spots will close when we hit our level of permitted runners or 10/21, whciver occurs first. We anticipate that there will be about 50 additional spots available.
Tracing a route along the beautiful McKenzie River, with two spectacular waterfalls, a lake so pristine its 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 McKenzie River Trail run is 31 miles on one of the prettiest trails in America. 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 2017 race will be the 30th annual running of the McKenzie River Trail Run, making it Oregon's oldest ultra run. Net proceeds from the race are used to support the McKenzie Community Track and other McKenzie Bridge area non profits. The event is operated by Coburg Hills Running 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, Gu Electrolyte Brew, Gu gel and typcial aid station food.
Drop bags: Runners can deposit drop bags at the designated areas at the start for delivery to:
Trail Bridge Reservoir at mile 16.7. Trail Bridge drop bags will be delivered to the finish area after the last runner passes through at approximately 1:00 PM.
Runners may wish to use drop bags to have a change of clothes taken from the start area to the finish.
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 rescheduled race on Oct 28 is $40, which will include no T-Shirt or other swag. Deadline for the late registration opportunity is Oct 21. Original entry fee was $70. Field limited to 200 and entry may close at any time if the field limit is reached or for other reasons at discretion of the race directors.
No entry refunds are available. No entry transfers and no entry carry-forwards to next year.
If race is cancelled due to fire or other circumstances beyond our control, entry fees will be refunded to the extent they were not already used for race expenses. As the race was rescheduled just 3 days prior to its scheduled date,all funds had been extended, so no refunds are available.
No refunds will be available or special treatment for the 2018 event wil be offered to runners registering in Oct and needing to withdraw.
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: 3:26 AM
The race start and finish are about 20 miles apart. Runners are responsible for their own transportation between the start and finish. 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. Watch our Facebook page for details.
Lunch and showers have previously been provided at St Benedicts Lodge, located on the river about 5 miles from the finish line. That will not be available for the rescheduled event, although we are looking at other options for lunch.