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Race Preview: Hell of the Northwest Trail Run

With so many races out there, sometimes it is just nice to get off the beaten path and lose yourself in a trail run. Forest Park in Portland is great, but maybe you should consider heading south a little further to Alsea Falls Recreation Area (SW of Corvallis) for the Hell of the Northwest Trail Run.

This race is put on by Oregon Trail Runs and features a 10k and a brutal half marathon. By “brutal” I simply mean challenging. From the website:

The [half] marathon will take you through a lush canopy over 2000 ft of accent as you make your way from checkpoint to checkpoint. The 10K takes you on part of the “Hell” without quite as much commitment. Prepare for a great time and a CHALLENGING COURSE!

From the look of the course maps, it’s going to be a beast. There are bound to be switchbacks, wet trails, and yet amazingly beautiful scenery all the while. And for a November race, could you ask for anything more?

Lucky for runners, there will be 5 total aid stations for the half and 3 for 10K. There will be a limit of 200 total participants, so this unique race deep in the heart of the Oregon Coast Range is sure to provide you with a quaint and quiet event.

The race is also very cheap at $25 for the 10k and $35 for the half until 11/8. What you may spend in gas getting there will break even by such a cheap event. And $5.00 from each entry will go to the BLM to support increased trails and camping opportunities!

The Oregon Trail Runs Facebook page is a great place to stay up to date on all of their cool events. We recommend checking these out!

And isn’t this just a great way to kill off some calories the week leading up to Thanksgiving. We all know you are going to do a Turkey Trot, but let’s admit it, our caloric intake on Turkey Day is gonna shoot right past that one race.

Hell of the Northwest Trail Run (Alsea Falls)

When: Saturday November 15th, 2014 at 10am
Where:  Alsea Falls Recreation area
Register: Online here; $25 for 10k, $35 for Half, Add $10 from 11/8/14 until DOR; $25 for long-sleeved tech shirt

About Matt Rasmussen (1532 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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