See the RARE, ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
Our event is right in the path of the 100% solar eclipse which will swipe across North America on October 14th, 2023! Runners will be in prime position to see this rare, annular eclipse WHILE RUNNING THE RACE. How cool is that?!
Welcome to the Timberjack Ultramarathon and trail carnival. This race is graciously approved and permitted within the Deschutes National Forest. Experience the Trail Running Capital of North America! Ponderosa and lodgepole pines line the course as you roll along ancient volcanoes and the Deschutes River valley. Start and finish along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in the shadow of the majestic Mount Bachelor.
BACK FOR 2023 - THE CARNIVAL GAMES and the 100k!!!! The Timberjack is sanctioned, insured, and holds all applicable permits. No part of this is half-assed. A portion of the proceeds from this event is donated to the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) who build and maintain the awesome trail systems here in Bend. https://www.cotamtb.com/
The 100k and 50k feature great views of Mt Bachelor with 6500+ ft and 3200+ ft of elevation gain, respectively. The 50k and the 30k (2000 ft of gain) feature a single-loop course starting and finishing at the Wanoga Sno Park and passing the Deschutes River valley. 100k is two laps of the 50k loop.
The course is a championship caliber, romping tear mostly downhill in the first half and mostly uphill in the second half. The middle is rolling to flat. Almost no pavement, and a ton of sweet single track.
CUTOFF will be 12:00 Midnight (17 hours, approx. 16:25 per mile) at the finish for the 100k. The 100k will also have a cutoff at the half-way point in Wanoga Sno Park at 3:30PM. No runners will be allowed to leave the parking lot after this time.
Registration will remain open until October 12th, 2023.
Anyone good enough to volunteer with us will receive an event shirt as well as big discounts on future events. Want a free entry to next year's Timberjack? Well here you go.
We'll need help with aid stations and sweepers. Please see details by clicking the green "Volunteer" button above.
Swag and Awards
All registered participants will receive an event shirt too sweet. Shirts are gender fitted. Please register before September 3rd to guarantee a shirt and proper fit.
Finisher awards to all finishers.
All are welcome. This race is vegan and vegetarian friendly. We'll have fully-stocked aid station options including the standard fare as well as more substantial foods and vegetarian options.
This race is also carnivore friendly as we'll be providing post race meals to all competitors. Menu to be determined as we get closer.
Beer to be at the start/finish area Yaaaz!!!!.
This event is sponsored by Honey Stinger and Tailwind. Their products are proudly offered at the aid stations. Chip-timing and logistic support provided by RunningLane.
100k Details, incl Crews and Pacers
All 100k runners are REQUIRED to have a headlamp, spare batteries, jacket, and emergency blanket (space blanket) with them before leaving Wanoga for their second lap as confirmed by the RD. PACERS may join their 100k friends at the halfway point and run the second lap with them. Pacers will also need to carry their own headlamp, spare batteries, jacket, and emergency cover.
Friends/family and crews can meet their runner at any aid station along the course throughout the day. There will not be any DROP BAGS along the course, because you'll pass your car at the 50k mark.
100k runners will have aid at nine locations: 5.8, 15.0, 21.0, 28.1, 31.3, 37.1, 46.3, 52.3, and 59.4 miles. All the aid stations are full stations including hot food.
Packet pickup will be on Friday the 13th at Cascade Lakes Brewpub. Outside on the patio from 3PM to 6:00PM. 1441 SW Chandler Ave #100, Bend, OR 97702.
We will also have the packets at the start/finish by 5AM on race morning.
Elite and Overall Awards
Who will take the crown? Top 3 overall finishers in each race will be recognized.
Elite entries are available. Please email the RD before registering (firstname.lastname@example.org). Qualification standards apply.
Dawn is at 6:42am (sunrise 7:11am). Weather in Central Oregon in early October is normally dry, sunny, and excellent for ultra running. Cold mornings and evenings, and very predictable. Expect highs around 60 and lows around 30. However because the course ranges between 4000ft and 6000ft you should expect a chance of cold and/or precipitation. The event is highly unlikely to be affected by weather.
Event's current local time: 10:08 AM PT
If a weather system does roll in, weather breaks over the mountains west of Bend so precipitation is more likely on the west end of the course while it's most likely to be dry on the east end. Be prepared for wind but it's not a particular concern thanks to mountain and tree cover along the course.
The RD reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule the event if weather threatens the safety of runners or volunteers, or if the trails may be significantly damaged by weather + foot traffic. All reasonable efforts will be made to avoid this scenario, but in the VERY unlikely event of a cancellation, deferrals and partial refunds will be arranged.