Race Preview: Culver Redneck Obstacle 5k THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND

If there is something that Run Oregon loves to do, it is supporting the little guys – the small races in small towns with small budgets. Don’t get us wrong, we love the large races too, but our real mission is to be a website where all races, big and small, can be covered at the same time.

The Culver Redneck Obstacle 5k is being held on Saturday, August 15th in the small town of Culver. Culver is just off Highway 97 in Central Oregon, south of Madras and North of Smith Rock State Park. The population is about 1500 total people. However, a small town does not mean that a race still can’t happen!

Many of us have tried our hands at an obstacle course race before. We can picture the elaborate obstacle concoctions, ceaseless waves of participants, and a hands-off experience – all of which work for most of us. This obstacle race lives up the descriptor of “redneck”. The race director says that the city is primarily an agriculture and farming town and all of their obstacles are constructed with a local flavor. There will be homemade obstacles (hay bales, horse troughs, giant tarped slip-and-slides), a smaller number of participants (last year saw 40), and race directors and volunteers who have worked long and hard to put together something for their local community.

I pulled this 2013 information from columnist Emily Oller the Bend Bulletin:

Crawling under an electric fence, climbing hay bales and slogging through mud were just some of the obstacles competitors faced in Saturday’s Culver Redneck Obstacle Course Run…“It was fun,” race director Charyn McDonnell said. “We have the facilities, and we’re rural, so it just seemed to be the right fit for doing something a little off-beat.”… The 5-kilometer race was a fundraiser for the Culver High School athletic program. According to McDonnell, the obstacle course was built mostly by the Culver High School volleyball team.”

The event is a fundraiser for Culver High School volleyball team. Culver is a 2A school in a conference that stretches to the Eastern boundaries of the state. This means plenty of overnights, eating in restaurants, and having a need for added expenditures as a result. The 5k course runs in conjunction with the Culver Crawdad Festival (including a beer garden) and a parade will start at 10a.

If you have nothing to do this upcoming weekend, I encourage you to head to Central Oregon. There is really never a bad time to go there, but stop in for this race, check out the Crawdad Festival, meander over to Smith Rock State Park for a hike, and finish your weekend at the Bend Brewfest.


Culver Redneck Obstacle 5k (Culver)
When: August 15, 2014 at 8a
Where: Culver Athletic Fields
Register: $35; Call 541.771.0808 to register at

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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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