Over the last decade, the Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with Team Dirt (a local chapter of IMBA in Benton County) have turned the Alsea Falls Recreation area into a playground of fast rolling, technical single track trails that draw mountain bikers from across the Pacific Northwest. Many have described the recreation area as magical, claiming multiple sightings of trail gnomes hidden alongside the trails, throughout the trees, and beneath the towering ferns of the temperate Coast Range mountain landscape. Some have even been seen splashing around in the plunge pool of the infamous Alsea Falls themselves; but blink, and they disappear before your eyes.
It’s the Ferngully-esque nature of this race that makes Oregon Trail Runs excited to offer another installment of their famous “Hell of the Northwest” trail race on October 22nd just west of Monroe, Oregon at the Alsea Falls Recreation area. Participants can choose between a 10k race or a half marathon.
The 10k course offers up a hearty 1,000 feet of climbing supported by two aid stations, while the half marathon challenges the most seasoned trail runner with 1,700 feet of climbing and four aid stations. The race is limited to 200 participants (150-half marathon distance; 50-ten kilometer distance), and $5.00 of each race entry will be donated back to Team Dirt and the BLM to support increased trail development and camping opportunities in the Alsea Falls recreation area. Awards for overall winners in each distance category, and overall 1/2 marathon winners in the men and women’s race will receive a free entry to any upcoming Oregon Trail Runs race in the future. All participants receive a free post-race BBQ beginning at 12pm.
½ Marathon: $50.00
Registration is available the day of the event from 7:30-9:30am.
Online registration closes October 21st at 12:00pm.