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 2020 race will be the 33rd annual running of the McKenzie River Trail Run, making it Oregon's oldest continuous ultramarathon. 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 under a special use permit from the Willamette National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.
In the late hours of June 2nd we finalized our decision to transition the MRTR to a Virtual Race for this year, and were able to send email announcements to our participants the next morning. This was a long and difficult decision as we all strive for some return of the ability to participate in activities we love (like trail racing). However, due to the particular logistics of our run, we do not feel we can safely host the run this year given the continued presence of the COVID-19 virus.
All currently registered participants will be automatically entered into the virtual race and have been given an option to cancel or roll over to next year.
The Virtual Race can be run on your own time, anywhere you want to run 31 continuous miles (except on a treadmill or in another race), between Saturday September 5th and Sunday September 20th. You will have until 11:59pm on September 21st to upload GPS evidence of your run (Strava, Garmin, etc). This means you have the weekend before through the weekend after the original race date to run your race, and then through the Monday after the last day to submit your results.
Here are the official rules:
1) Run must be between September 5th and September 20th.
2) Must be 31 continuous miles.
3) 10 hour time limit.
4) Upload GPS evidence (pictures optional but fun) by 11:59pm on Monday September 21st.
5) Cannot be another race.
6) Cannot be on a treadmill.
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, electrolyte drink, gels and typical aid station food with local twists.
The race this year will again be CUPLESS! The aid stations and finish line will not have disposable cups for your use. Bring your own reusable cup/flask/bottle. If you forget your cup, we will have a limited quantity available for $5 at packet pick up.
Drop bags: Runners can deposit drop bags at the shuttle pick up at the McKenzie Community Track on race morning for delivery to Trail Bridge Reservoir at mile 16.7. Runners can drop warm ups at the start. Trail Bridge drop bags and the start line drop items will be delivered to the McKenzie Community Track after the last runner passes through at approximately 1:00 PM. There will be no finish line drop bags.
Our intention is to have runners off the course by 3:00 PM. That allows 8 hours to finish the course (about 15:30 min/mile). Cutoffs will be enforced beginning at aid station #3 at mile 16.7. Exact cutoff times will be posted on the website.
Entry fee for the 2020 race will be $95, and now includes the shuttle to the start and from the finish. A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations BEFORE AUGUST 1ST. Registration opens at midnight on February 1 and closes at 11:59 pm on September 5th. We are not holding a lottery this year, but we are maintaining a wait list. If you would have qualified to bypass the lottery (i.e you are a five time finisher or you volunteered in 2019), we will reserve spots for you until March 1st, at which time we will open those reserved spots up to the wait list. You will be able to self-identify during registration. Registration is not transferable to another runner or another year.
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: 6:01 PM
The race start and finish are about 20 miles apart. The entry fee now includes the price of the shuttle from the McKenzie Community Track to the start as well as from the finish back to the Community Track. Watch our Facebook page and website for details.
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