Race Preview: 2015 Peterson Ridge Rumble (LIMITED SPOTS REMAINING)

There may be a few months before April 12, 2015 and the Peterson Ridge Rumble, but this small and popular race are just around the corner from filling up their maximum slots. Only 500 total runners are allowed on the Peterson Ridge and Metolius-Windigo multi-use trails for this 20- and 40-mile event and less than 100 spots remain.

The courses for the 40 miler and 20 miler are described as such:

The 40 mile is mostly trail with some dirt road sections. The first quarter is gentle uphill, second quarter is gentle downhill, third quarter starts with a gentle up before a couple of long, 2-3 mile uphill grinders, and the final quarter is gentle downhill (with some sweet views!), making for a fast finish. Mud and snowy sections are possible.

The 20 mile is gentle uphill for the first half, and gentle downhill for the second half. Upon reaching the ridge, there are beautiful views of many of the Central Oregon Cascades peaks. The 20 mile start remains unchanged.

There will be 6 aid stations on the long course and 4 on the shorter complete with H2O, GU Roctane drink, Coke, GU, fruit, potatoes, candy, and chips, plus hydration and treats for your dog (if you are running the 20 miler with one). The 40 miler will also have a variety of gear drop locations along the course. I STRONGLY recommend you head here for a little glimpse into the beauty of the race.

Run Oregon has done a few reviews in distant years past, and while the distances and course may have changed a bit, the experience is very likely the same. For example:

The course starts out along a wide packed gravel path heading out of Sisters and up to Peterson Ridge. Of course there is elevation gain, but it’s never that bad and the trail, which varies from single track to service road, is beautiful.
At the “Ridge” of the Rumble, you’ll capture amazing views of the surrounding peaks if it’s clear, and then head back the way you came…As you get into the taller trees and wider trail, know that you’re almost done. This is one of those finishes where you are all of a sudden just about done and you don’t want to leave anything in the tank.
Racers were treated to amazing views of Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters.
Brett Michaud of Lake Oswego perhaps summed it up best: “My first time in Sisters, and I can understand now why trail running is so popular there. What a beautiful setting. The looped course really helps in getting other runner support on the way back. Good aid stations and post race food. It was nice to be able to hang out afterwards on the in field of the track and watch the 60k people finish. I couldn’t believe how strong some of them looked after 4+ hours of running…everyone in the race was very supportive and friendly. Many thanks to the race organizer and volunteers!”

The post-race looks fantastic, as there will be a Longboard Louie’s burrito bar as well as sweet treats from Sisters Bakery.  and all finishers will receive Peterson Ridge Rumble finishers socks instead of the standard race shirt. I LOVE this change and unique gift. And perhaps the greatest gift of all is that all participants will be able to shower in the Sisters Middle School locker rooms.

This race is a fundraiser for the Sisters High School Cross Country team. The overall male and female winners will each win $100; the top male and female masters runners will take home $50 each. The 40-miler is part of the Oregon Trail Ultra Series.

Here are the vitals:

When: Sunday, April 12, 2015

What time: The 40-miler starts at 8a (with an early start at 7a) and the 20-miler starts at 9a
Where: Sisters Middle School in Sisters, Ore.
Register: Online at for $55 for the 40-miler and $40 for the 20-miler until 3/14 (OR SELL OUT!)
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (609) and wineries (148) 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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