Race Preview: 2016 Vortex Half Marathon and 10K Trail Run

The Vortex Half Marathon and 10K Trail Run returns for its 2nd year as one of Run Wild Adventures many trail races. The name Vortex has an interesting history. In 1970 Milo McIver State Park hosted the only state sponsored rock festival in U.S. history. Yes, out in small-town Estacada, history was made in order to demonstrate the positive side of the anti-War Movement and to prevent violent protests during a planned Richard Nixon visit to Oregon. (You can read more about the Vortex rock festival here.) In keeping with the Vortex theme, this trail race encourages 70s costumes. So grab your tie-dye shirts and polyester pants for this adventure!

Both the half marathon and 10K courses will be on single track trails around Milo McIver State Park with several elevation changes, as the trails range from 200 to 700 feet. The half marathon includes about 1500 feet of climbing, while the 10K will have an elevation gain of about 600 feet. Links to elevation maps can be found here. Runners can expect challenging and muddy terrain, and will enjoy scenic views of the Clackamas River and huge fir trees along the trails of the park.

There will 3 aid stations on the half marathon course approximately every 3 miles with water and electrolytes.

Carpooling is encouraged for this event. And, if you want to make a weekend of it, you can reserve camping spots at Milo McIver State Park and save the race morning drive.

Post-race festivities include food, music, and a beer garden. There will be awards for the first 3 finishers in each age division. (Age divisions are in 5 year increments.) There will also be raffle prizes and prizes for best 70s costume.

Vortex Race Details

Date: Saturday, March 26

Times: 8:45 A.M. – Half Marathon
9:00 A.M. – 10K

Location: Milo McIver State Park,  21300 South Springwater Road Estacada, OR 97023

Entry Fees: $25 – 10K (Day of race: $40)
$45 – Half Marathon (Day of race: $60)

Race Website: Click here


About Annette Vaughan (495 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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