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Race Preview: 16th Annual Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run (the SOB) 7/26/2014 (Mt. Ashland, Oregon)

The SOB team, Rob, Susan, John and Erin. (Photo Credit: Siskiyou Out Back Race Website)

The SOB team, Rob, Susan, John and Erin. (Photo Credit: Siskiyou Out Trail Run Website)

Gosh. I sure wish I could participate in this event! Wow. It has officially been added to my 2015 race wish-list. For 16 awesome years, the Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run, lovingly referred to as the "SOB", has taken place. This race features a 50 miler, 50k and 15k trail run, beginning at the Mount Ashland Lodge, which is situated at an impressive 6,500 foot elevation. The SOB is the 6th race in the Oregon Trail Ultramarathon Series. Important to note, so I'm mentioning it straight away: this race has a limited entry field, and had only 35 spots remaining in the 50 miler in March. The 15k has already sold out. There may still be space available for the 50 miler and 50k (open to racers 18+ only unless prior permission granted), so if you want to participate this year, do not wait to get registered.

Here is the scoop on this awesome race. The SOB takes place on Saturday, July 26. Start and finish line is located at the Mount Ashland Lodge. The courses, on sweet single track, travel along the famous Pacific Crest Trail and offer some stunning views of Mt. Shasta, McLaughlin, and the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges. Definitely a sight for sore eyes. Total course elevation for the 50k is 4,200 feet, with the 50 miler boasting an impressive 7,000 feet of climbing (yes please! Sign me up!).


View of the course. (Photo Credit: Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run Website)

View of the course. (Photo Credit: Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run Website)

Registration fees are very reasonable. Remember that the 15k is sold out for 2014 already, and the 50 miler is very close to sell out, if not already. 50 miler registration is $90, 50k is $50 and the 15k was $25. 50 miler racers receive a t-shirt and ceramic finisher mug with their entry fee. Cowbells awarded to the top three finishers in each distance. And, some sweet extras are included, too for each distance. These are: finisher medallions, excellent course support with super friendly volunteers, fully stocked aid stations, finisher swag and hamburger or veggie burger for 50k/50 miler finishers (15k finisher can purchase for $5). Don’t forget to add, for $17, your reservation for a SOB North Face branded event shirt. 50 miler participants receive one with their registration fee, 50k and 15k participants can purchase. The SOB is a benefit for the following admirable organizations: Pacific Crest Trail Association, Mt. Ashland Ski Area, and the Ashland Watershed Trails Plan.

Yay for Wonderful Volunteers! (Photo Credit: Siskiyou Out Back Trail Race Website)

Yay for Wonderful Volunteers! (Photo Credit: Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run Website)

The course maps are impressive. Check them out – they really speak for themselves; I am salivating looking at them – 50 miler, 50k, 15k. 50 miler starts at 6 a.m. with no early start and 150 person field limit.  50k starts at 7 a.m. with no early start and a field limit of 300. The 15k starts at 8:30 a.m. with a limit of 225 participants. The 15k race is sold out for 2014.

Make sure to check out the travel information on the SOB website. There are a number of option available for lodging, including using the Mt. Ashland Lodge parking lot to kick-back and catch some zzzz’s prior to the race start Saturday morning. Music does start at 5 a.m., so be prepared to be awake at that time if choosing this option. If you haven’t been to city of Ashland, Oregon, you definitely have to check it out either prior to or after (or both!) the event. It’s an awesome city.

So, get yourself registered, let me know how it goes, and I’ll likely be out there racing in this one in 2015!!!

Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Distance: 50 miler, 50k and 15k
Start Time: 6 a.m. for the 50 miler, 7 a.m. for the 50k, and 8:30 a.m. for the 15k
Cost: $90 for 50 miler, $50 for 50k and $25 for 15k
Register: Click here to register

About Jessica Mumme (235 Articles)
Jessica Mumme, a Portland native, currently lives in Eugene with her husband and three cats (children). Her favorite distances are the 10k and marathon, but she will run any race distances, and especially loves competing in running events. She is Half Fanatic #2635, and has completed 42 half marathons since May, 2009. Jessica tackled her first ultra marathon distance at the 2015 McKenzie River Trail 50k Ultra. See her race calendar and other fun stuff at her personal blog,

2 Comments on Race Preview: 16th Annual Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run (the SOB) 7/26/2014 (Mt. Ashland, Oregon)

  1. The 50 mile and 15K are definitely both sold out. (I think the 15k sold out in a few days and the 50 miler was within a month) I received an email that said they were closing online registration for the 50K on 7/10, but it looks like it’s still open.I’m running the 50K. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Hi Eric! Thanks for the information on the 50 miler and 15k being sold out! It sounds like an absolutely awesome race, and two of the distances being sold out does not surprise me in the least. Good luck to you on the 50k! Totally jealous!

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