Get Buck Wild at the 2015 Buck Mountain Mudslinger Trail Run in Silverton

The second Run Wild Adventures race of 2015 is coming up quickly on Saturday, February 28. The Buck Mountain Mudslinger Trail Run is 6.5 miles of backcountry terrain, climbs, and obviously mud. But it also comes with a fantastic time and bunch of really dedicated runners.

I ran this course in 2012 and Amber ran it last year. It is a doozy. Feel free to check out the elevation and course map, but just know this – it’s hard. If you have participated in the Silver Falls Marathon or half you may be somewhat familiar with the course. The spot where the half and full split (right before you go under your first waterfall, is called the Rim Trail (and a variety of others such as 214 and Smith Creek) and runners brave the hills. That’s some serious running right there.

Here are some highlights from Amber’s recap of the 2014 event:

The race was very muddy and I remember at one point chuckling to myself as fellow runners were splashing mud as they ran by that the race was very appropriately named – mudslinger. There were sections of the course that were dry, some that were the thick sticky mud that claims shoes, some that were very slippery and some sections that were more like running through a stream rather than a trail. The course elevation was rough, with sections of uphill that made me question whether or not I had any leg muscles as they seemed to be failing me.

I typically run with headphones during all my races but for this one I decided to take my ear buds out and just enjoy listening to the sounds of nature –the trickling streams and the chirping birds were very pleasant and peaceful.

Anyways, this race is the perfect amount of crazy and you can’t really go wrong with a RWA race. The field is limited and spots are filling fast, so get signed up ASAP.


Buck Mountain Mudslinger 6.5 mile Trail Run (Silverton)
When: 9a
Where: Silver Falls State Park – Howard Creek Horse Camp (20024 Silver Falls Hwy SE)
Register: Online here; $20 or $30 DOR

About Matt Rasmussen (1553 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.
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