The course is a loop and is run mostly on singletrack trail but there are a few well placed “passing lanes” along the trail that if used right can be a lot of fun. Another neat thing about this set of trails are the many whoops to be found that when running, can either be very fun or very annoying.
The race is put on by Superfit Productions and is operated under a special use permit from the Bureau of Land Management, which basically means, stay on the trail…you don’t want to wander off the trail. The trail network is called Maston (hence the play on words) between Tumalo and Redmond near Cline Butte. Though the race is billed as relatively flat, there is about 400′ of elevation change.There will be an aid station on the course which will have water and energy drink.
The views are spectacular depending on where you are along the trail. You will see the Deschutes River, Cline Butte, Smith Rock and Three Sisters Mountains. You are also bound to see a few (thousand) Juniper trees. It’s also not uncommon to hop a snake or scare a rabbit, which are both part of the joy of running in Central Oregon.
Seriously though, this is a great early season trail run to see where those legs are at before tackling your first 25K. The race will donate 10% of the proceeds to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Oregon. Last year saw about 70 runners take place, making this an intimate event.
What: 10.19 mile trail race.
Where: Redmond, Oregon
When: Sunday, March 8th at 9am
Cost/Register: $35 ($40 after February 19th) / Register here.