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Race Preview: Ridgeline Ramble 5/23/2015 (Eugene, OR)

Ridgeline Ramble 5/23/2015 by Level 32 Racing

Ridgeline Ramble 5/23/2015 by Level 32 Racing

Are you ready to tackle the third event in the 2015 Run Big Trail Series? Bring it, that’s what I say! The Run Big Trail Series, by Level 32 Racing, consists of 6 events spread out over the course of the year. I love this series, and it is very quickly gaining popularity in the trail running community. Event three is the 9th Annual Ridgeline Ramble, which takes place in Eugene on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Participants may choose from a 10k, 20k, or 20k two person relay.  As there is no race day registration, and there is a cap on the number of participants that can register, I would urge you to secure your spot sooner-than-later so you don’t miss out.

The course, which will cover the glorious Ridgeline Trail in its entirety, will take participants along the new Dillard Connector Trail to Mt. Baldy Trailhead – no more running along Dillard Road! This will be very exciting! Both distances will be run on about 85% trails and dirt roads, so, although we will be on a touch of pavement, it won’t be much. The trails host a smorgasbord of conditions, too – bark chip, rocks, roots, stream crossings and hard packed dirt. Stream crossings are my personal fav. For those selecting the 20k, you will experience a 459 foot net elevation drop from the start line to the finish, and the 10k will take in a 341 foot elevation loss. For relay exchange points, and where the 20k participants and 10k participants start for this respective course, please check out the brand new, very detailed, course map.

Your pre- and post-race logistics are optimal. Packet pick-up and parking will occur at Lane Community College (LCC), which is right off of I-5, and have plenty of parking. Packet pick-up begins race morning from 6:30 a.m. to 7:20 a.m. Participants will board a shuttle that will take them directly to their respective start-line; the 20k participants, and those taking Leg 1 of the 20k relay, will leave LCC at 7:20 a.m. and arrive at the Blanton Road trailhead. If you are a 10k participant, or Leg 2 of the 20k relay, you’ll board your shuttle from LCC at 8 a.m. to arrive at the Fox Hollow trailhead. Again, check out the course map for those detailed specifics – it’s a great map! There is no parking on the start likes for the races, so please park at LCC and take the shuttle. Need to pack a little something to take on the shuttle, but don’t want to run with it? No problem, clothing drop bags will be available to get your item(s) back to the finish line. All of the race distances finish at LCC.

Along the course, there will be 3 aid stations for the 10k, and 7 aid stations for the 20k. Lots of aid stations for participants,hooray! Gatorade and GU gel will also be available at the Fox Hollow and Willamette aid stations. As a majority of the aid stations are at junction points that may follow or cross a road, please use caution approaching aid stations.

At the finish line, there will be an awards ceremony, which will occur occasionally as runners cross the finish line. Awards will be handed out to the top three male and female finishers in each distance, the top three finishers in each age group category, as well as the top three relay teams in each team’s division and category. And, random prize drawings will be taking place, too!

I missed out on the Ridgeline Ramble in 2014, and I haven’t quit kicking myself for not making it. I am really excited to be participating in the 10k this year! WooHoo! Hope to see you out there, it’s going to be gorgeous!

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Distance: 20k, 20k two-person relay, 10k
Start Time: 8 a.m. start for the 20k & 20k relay; 8:25 a.m. for 10k
Cost: $30 for either event, and $30 per-person for the relay. Tech shirts $12. Youth 17 and under and Seniors 60+ deduct $5 from race fees.
Register: Click here to register

About Jessica Mumme (235 Articles)
Jessica Mumme, a Portland native, currently lives in Eugene with her husband and three cats (children). Her favorite distances are the 10k and marathon, but she will run any race distances, and especially loves competing in running events. She is Half Fanatic #2635, and has completed 42 half marathons since May, 2009. Jessica tackled her first ultra marathon distance at the 2015 McKenzie River Trail 50k Ultra. See her race calendar and other fun stuff at her personal blog, runjessica.com.

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