Preview: Hagg Hybrid Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay

Hagg Hybrid Bridge

We are bringing the Hagg Hybrid back for a third year at Hagg Lake – this time offering a half marathon in addition to the marathon and marathon relay. If you’re looking for a challenging half or full, this is it. If you’re running your first marathon or half marathon … we don’t want to tell you NOT to run our event … but just make sure you’re ready on Saturday, September 13!

What exactly makes it so hard? It’s the mix of road and trail, mainly. The hills don’t help either. But it’s gorgeous out there at Hagg Lake, well-supported with ultra-style aid station, and different from any other race in Oregon. We modeled this event after our other Hagg Lake race, the ORRC Hagg Lake 50k/25k – only this race doesn’t come with any mud.

The races start out at Boat Ramp C – the big pavilion with ample parking and “real” restrooms. The marathon starts out with a road loop, running counter-clockwise on Shore Drive over the dam. There’s a small loop (needed to get the full distance) that you’ll only run on your first loop of just under 12 miles, before making your way back out to Shore Drive and continuing around the lake. When you return to Boat Ramp C, you’ll head down the driveway through the checkpoint and then you get on the trail. There are a few sections of this second half of the course where the trail jumps on the road for short distances to get over creeks, but for the most part this loop of 14.5 miles is dirt singletrack. And it’s hilly. There are 11 aid stations on the full marathon course.

Hagg Lake

A view of Hagg Lake from the dam, which is in the first half of the run.

The half marathon has its share of road and trail, too – but half marathoners will start out on the trail and get their share of road in along the way. There are four aid stations on the half marathon course, one of them with energy gel and hydration, and the rest with water and Gu Brew.

The marathon relay is set up for two runners – one will do the 11.7 mile road loop and the other the 14.5-mile trail loop.

At the start/finish area, you’ll find a delicious feast waiting for you, whether you are doing the full or half. We’ll start the day out bright and early at 7:15a by serving up oatmeal (for those who forgot breakfast or just need a few extra carbs prior to the race),  and then once the race starts, we’ll offer pancakes, potatoes and soup. At 11a we’ll fire up the grill and start serving burgers and veggie burgers. The food is for participants, volunteers, and spectators – we’re all one big happy family at the Hagg Hybrid!

Registration for the full is $65 through July 31 and $70 after (including day of race). The half or marathon relay (per person) is $55/$60.  An optional shirt (because some of you, ahem, may already have too many) is also available for $20. All participants will get a finisher mug, too, because finisher medals are just too hard to drink out of.

If one race isn’t enough, you can also run the Boring Marathon or Half Marathon as part of the Hagg-Boring Double. You can run two marathons, two half marathons, or one of each; the special prize you’ll get for finishing both will be frosty and delicious.

Here are the vitals:

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014

What time: All races start at 8a

Where: Boat Ramp C at Hagg Lake Park near Forest Grove, Ore.

Register: Online here by July 31 for the half or relay (per person) for $55 or the full for $65. Starting August 1 through day of race it’s $60/$70. DOR registration will open at 7a.

Do the double: Register for the Boring Marathon and Half Marathon, running on Sunday, September 14, here. The half is $65 and the marathon is $85. There’s also an 8k, but you don’t get any special perks for running a Hagg Run plus the 8k.

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