About Emerald City Trail Series
Day of race entry available. $20 cash/Venmo/PayPal.
The Emerald City Trail Series is a fun trail race series held in Howard Buford Recreational Area and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. This set of five trail races between 3-8 miles takes place every Thursday in June. What makes Buford and Mt. Pisgah a wonderful place to have a series is the wide variety of trails and scenery in the park. Mt. Pisgah's 1531' summit is in the middle of the largest of Lane County's 73 parks and offers views of the Cascade Mountains, Spencer Butte, the Middle and Coast Forks of the Willamette River, Eugene, Springfield, Creswell, Jasper, Pleasant Hill, and Goshen.
All races will start at the #38 trailhead near the Sheriff's Mounted Posse arena at the North end of Buford. Parking will be on Buford Park Road just beyond the gate at the North Trailhead Parking Lot. Runners will be required to have a $5 parking permit using the Passport Parking app and zone 97306 for each race. An annual Lane County Parks Permit will also work. Donate at least $50 to Friends of Buford and Mt. Pisgah membership and get a Lane County Parking Permit good at all parks plus park trail maps.
We'll meet at Public House for a party after the last race on June 30, where we will give out awards and raffle prizes from our sponsors.
We know that not everyone can make all of the races. So we've added an option to run an individual race for $20 with payment by cash, Venmo, or PayPal at the check-in.
We honor and recognize that we gather for this event on the traditional lands of the native people within the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, including the Chafan Tribe, and the Kalapuya Tribe, all having occupied and stewarded these lands for countless generations.
The Emerald City Trail Series will benefit Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Lands Operations, which Mission Statement states "Exercise CTGR sovereignty by identifying, acquiring, and managing Tribal lands and resources throughout the Tribe’s ceded lands and other areas of interest."
Trail Work Party
Northwest Dirt Churners invites anyone to join us on May 21st for a trail work party with the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah. Volunteer hours at the party suit trail work requirements, including races like Mountain Lakes 100 and Tillamook Burn 100. Register at Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mt-pisgah-and-buford-trail-work-party-tickets-297333090277?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb
Points are awarded for every Emerald City Trail Series race finish based on overall gender place.
The sum of the four lowest scores will determine a racer's final score for the Emerald City Trail Series.
The lower the score, the higher the place. Example: Shelly's women's overall place is 10th, 12th, 9th, 15th, and 4th in each of the five races. The four lowest scores add up to 35, which is Shelly's final score.
Participants' age group for the Emerald City Trail Series will be based on the age at registration (an advantage of registering early!)
Awards will be presented to the top three male and female runners, as well as the top three male/female runners in the following age groups: 19 and Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69. The top three male and female runners are not eligible for age group awards.
Awards and raffle prizes will be awarded at the Public House after the final race in the Emerald City Trail Series. All participants receive an Emerald City Trail Series glass from Ninkasi and Bigfoot Beverages.
Courses are subject to change based on the park ranger's discretion, wildlife protection, or natural preservation.
Race 1 June 2
6.5 miles with 1100' ascent using the trails 3, 17, 5, and back to 3. Runners will be treated to views of Eugene and the Coastal Mountains, Arboretum trails, a rocky terrain climb through an open prairie, and a descent past Swing Hill to the finish.
Race 2 June 9
5 miles with 1325' ascent using trails 3, 4, 24, 1, and back to 3. We'll start heading up to the North boundary of the park on trails that traverse through shaded forests of oaks and mixed conifers. The route makes a steep cut uphill toward the summit and then a steady descent back to the finish.
Race 3 June 16
7.25 miles with 200' ascent using the North and South Bottomlands trails and through the Arboretum. This race is for the track and cross country athletes to show off their speed. This flat and fast race follows the Coast Fork of the Willamette River and the fields on the SW side of the park.
Race 4 June 23
8 miles with 2000' ascent using trails 3, 7, 1, 6, 2, 4, and back to 3. The longest and maybe the toughest race of the series. This route is the only one that reaches the true summit of Mt. Pisgah. Look for Diamond Peak and Mt. Bachelor above the cascade foothills. Once at the top, runners will descend down a gravel trail toward the East Trailhead with scenic shots of Goshen and Pleasant Hill. This route uses all 2.8 miles of the short but steep grades of the shaded North Boundary Trail.
Race 5 June 30
3 miles with 750' ascent using trails 3, 7, 17, 1, and back on 3. This one may be short, but it's a tough one. Race #5 starts like the first race but turns on the Summit Trail from the arboretum for a half-mile climb with over 400' of vert. Celebrate the race at the Emerald City Trail Series party at Public House after the finish.
Race Day Details
No parking at North or West Trailhead. All participants will park on the road past the North Trailhead parking lot. Follow the road to the Horse Arena for parking (opposite end of the park from the arboretum). A parking permit is required.
Check-in at near the start of #38 trailhead from 5:45 - 6:15 pm. Water and Gnarly will be available to fill a water bottle before and after the race (remember this is a cupless race). Restrooms will be open by the race start.
Courses will be marked with orange cones. Trails will be open to the public. Those not respecting park visitors and/or not following trail running etiquette will be disqualified.
Due to COVID-19, Northwest Dirt Churners will require all participants to follow all Oregon Health Authority's guidelines at the time of events regarding social distancing and limits for social gatherings apply.
This race is limited to 150 total runners. Registration begins March 10th.
Local time: 6:32 PM
Series - $70, $80 after May 1st
$20 day of race registration for each race (Cash or Venmo only) if space is available.
Merch is also available to purchase.
No refunds as all sales are final.
USA Track and Field sanctions the Emerald City Trail Series.