Race Preview – Big Run @ Big Lake

A new unique trail race is coming to the Jefferson Wilderness area. The same individuals who put on the Roaring Runs at Roaring River in Lebanon are heading up the Big Run @ Big Lake, a 10k  trail run that is expected to yield some amazing views on some great trails for a low price.

View of Mt. Jefferson from the trail. – Photo by Brad Bauer

The race starts at 10am in August 9, offering plenty of time to wake up at a semi-reasonable hour to make it to Ray Benson Sno-park near Hoodoo Ski Bowl. This area is easily accessible from all the major cities in the Valley.

The course will be on ATV & hiking trails around the Hoodoo Big Lake area and feature some elevation gains that will put runners right at 5000 feet. The trails are “all dirt and range from flat, wide, fast to narrow, steep, difficult”. Despite the rural environment, the course is promised to be well-marked and staffed with volunteers along thew way. Additionally, there will be aid stations at miles 2 and 4.

The race will be chip timed and there will be restrooms at the start/finish and a shower at end (not really- but Big Lake is more than ready to be plunged into). Leashed dogs are available to run as well.

This looks like a great addition to the trail running scene. Run Oregon is hoping to get someone out there to run this and we hope to see plenty of our readers out there as well. There are tons of weeks left to get in some road running. Consider branching out and coming on over!

Big Run @ Big Lake (Ray Benson Sno-park near Hoodoo Ski Bowl)
When: 10a on August 9, 2014
Register: Online here; $15 adults, $7 students grade 3-12 (under 12 need to run with an adult);  Day of registration add $10

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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