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Race Preview: Monkey Face Half Marathon and 4-Mile Run on August 20th

Monkey Face Half Marathon and 4 Mile Run is scheduled for Saturday, August 20th at Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, just north of Bend. Known for its unique rock formations and gorgeous surroundings, this area attracts hikers and rock climbers. While popular with outdoor enthusiasts, there aren’t many events that take advantage of this Central Oregon gem, so this is a unique opportunity. The Half Marathon is completely on trails and consists of two loops along the Smith Rock State Park trail system. The 4-Mile course starts from Rim Rock Trail next to the parking lot and takes runners along the Misery Ridge Trail. Both courses will have views of Monkey Face, a popular rock formation that resembles just that and will offer plenty of aid stations along the way. 

The Half Marathon begins at 8am and the 4-Mile Run/Walk starts at 9am from Smith Rock State Park (9241 NE Crooked River Drive). The Half Marathon costs $60 through August 19th and day of registration will be available for $70. Participants must be 15 to participate. The 4-Mile Run/Walk costs $25 through August 19th and $30 on race day. Participants over 60 and 17 and under can deduct $5 from registration. Registration will also be available at packet pick up on Friday, August 19th at the Bend FootZone (842 NW Wall St.) from 4pm-6pm. Day of registration and packet pick up will be between 7am-8:45am at the start/finish are in Smith Rock State Park near the information yurt.

Eclectic Edge Racing will provide chip timing and awards will be given for the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group for the Half Marathon and 4-Mile Run. There is a 4 hour time limit for the Half Marathon and the course will remain open until noon. Half Marathon finishers will receive a custom medal and all participants are invited for the post race refreshments provided by Pink Buffalo Racing. Runners/Walkers 21 and over can enjoy a complimentary pint of Deschutes Brewery beer at the park.

Parking will be limited, so make sure to carpool. A day pass is included with registration and will be given out at packet pick up. Spectators should plan to bring cash since the park doesn’t accept cards. A day pass costs $5. With the sunrise just after 6am, the views will be amazing and the temperatures are usually pretty comfortable this time of year. The average temperature at 7am is 43 degrees and only gets close to 70 by noon. Money Face Half Marathon and 4-Mile Run is a great opportunity to take in the trails and sights of Central Oregon.

Monkey Face Half Marathon ($60)  and 4-Mile Run/Walk ($25)

Saturday, August 20th 

Half Marathon 8am/4-Mile Run/Walk 9am

Smith Rock State Park 9241 NE Crooked River Drive

About Teresa Wymetalek (265 Articles)
I love anything and everything related to health and fitness! I teach group exercise and do small group personal training when I'm not cleaning up after or shuttling three boys around. I run to to clear my mind, keep my sanity and stay connected with friends. I'm still working on teaching our dog, Autzen, proper running etiquette. Half Marathons and Triathlons are my favorite events and I watch a whole lot of soccer.

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