COVID 19 UPDATE
Due to the continually changing limitations and closures throughout the state of Oregon, we are unable to say for certain the 2021 event will be happening. That said, we are optimistic and hope to put in a real life, live and in person, event this August. The city has our permit application and is "holding the date" for us, but not processing at this time. It is our intention to open registration with a wait list format that will not charge your card, but hold a spot. Once we have an approved permit in hand, we will open registration, beginning with those that are on this list. Check back here or our website for updates as we get them, subscribe to our newsletter or even check us out on FB or IG.
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 14th at 7:30 am for the 44th 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 is among the races with most elevation gain of any continuous hill climb in the continental United States. The following cut-off times will be enforced on race day: 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 - unless we opt for a staggered started based on social distancing needs by the time of our event. More to come as the date gets closer. 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 3pm 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.
Due to unknown entry timelines, we are changing it up this year with a flat entry fee of $35, regardless of when people sign up (until we sell out, capacity TBD on permits).
Packet Pick Up will be at Rogue Valley Runners, from 3 pm to 6 pm on June 7th. We will also have LIMITED packet pick up from 6:30 to 7:15 am on race morning at the starting line. ALL RUNNERS MUST CHECK IN the morning of the race, regardless of if you picked up your packet the day before or not.
This is a tough event
THIS IS A SERIOUSLY CHALLENGING EVENT.
Local time: 1:04 PM
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, transfers or roll over to next year will be allowed.