Trail racing has changed in the world of COVID. We are doing things differently this year as well:
1) Registration is a waitlist until we have confirmation from the USFS that the race will be occurring as it has in the past. Once the race is confirmed we will confirm entry and will charge your credit card.
2) We will follow all COVID guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority and CDC. This may include proof of a vaccine, masks, distancing, and/or changes in aid station and finish line protocols.
3) We will still have a great race!
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 2021 race will be the 34th 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.
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: We will update you on Aid Station protocol changes as race day approaches. As in the past, 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 2021 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 1st. 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, ran the virtual race in 2020, 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: 5:30 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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