Race Preview: 2016 Silver Falls Trail Runs

For those of you not signed up for the Silver Falls Trail Runs, scheduled November 5 and 6 this year, the unfortunate news is that all of the races are sold out. In fact, the half marathon and full marathon sell out every year, and often within a mere 15 minutes. When you have a race that takes place in one of Oregon's most beautiful state parks, Silver Falls, it's no wonder these races are so highly sought after. With that being said, if you weren't lucky enough to claim a spot, you will definitely want to put this event in your calendar for 2017. Registration takes place August 1st every year. To all of you lucky individuals who did secure a spot, this is your reminder that you are about to take part in one of the largest trail races in Oregon and among one of the 15 largest in the United States!

The Silver Falls Trail Runs, which features a 50k, a marathon, a half marathon and a 7 miler, has grown from 500 runners in 2010, to now 2200+ runners. You can read more about the event’s history here: History of the Race. A portion of the proceeds from this incredibly popular event will help park restoration, cleanup, maintenance, trail building and also benefits Drakes Crossing Rural Fire Department.

A quick run down of each days’ events:

Saturday, November 5, 2016
– 50K Trail Ultra  (7:30 AM start)
– 26.2 Mile Trail Run (8 AM start)
– 7 Mile Trail Run (9 AM start)

Sunday, November 6, 2016
– 13.1 Mile Trail Half Marathon
9:00 AM wave 1 start (under 2:15 projected finish time)
9:15 AM wave 2 start (over 2:15 projected finish time)

Some important things to note:

The 50k and marathon are run only (no walkers, please) and there will be cut off times for both races, as listed here: Cut Off Details. Walkers will be allowed in the half and 7 mile race. However if you choose to walk, the event’s site indicates you will NOT be guaranteed to make the awards/prizes/raffle or have any hot food or coffee left after the event. Also course volunteers/photographers/staff may start packing up before you finish.

Each course involves running on gravel, dirt single track trail and will be marked with white flour and yellow cones and mile markers at aid stations.

Course Descriptions & Maps:

7 Mile Course

Half Marathon Course

Marathon Course

50K Course

There will be aid stations along all of the courses with the exception of the 7 miler. Aid station and drop off information can be found here: Aid Stations/Drop Off.

Races will be chip timed thanks to Eclectic Edge Racing who will also be announcing. Official race results will be posted online within 24 hours. Unofficial printed results will be posted during and after the race near the start/finish area under the tent. Awards will be given at the conclusion of each race to the top 3 male and female overall and top 3 in age groups; Age groups are every 5 years. There will also be chances for other race participants to win raffle prizes at the awards ceremony. Every race finisher will receive a custom medal. Tech t-shirts will be available for purchase on race day for $20 (cash only). Sizes and quantities are limited.

Post race refreshments will be provided and include a hot stew or soup, Great Harvest bread, EZ Orchards fruit, and Silver Falls coffee and hot chocolate. For those 21+, there will also be a beer garden featuring local brews from nearby Seven Brides Brewing. Again, food and refreshments will be on a first come first served basis.

Additional race day information can be found here: RACE DAY INFO and includes details about packet pick up, day or race parking, rules, weather policy, etc.

The Silver Falls Trail Runs will give all race participants the opportunity to run above, around, and behind some of the most spectacular, jaw dropping waterfalls the Pacific Northwest has to offer. It’s no wonder this event attracts some of the biggest crowds, bringing in runners from 30 states and Canada. If you missed out this year, mark your calendars for 2017. If you happen to be one of the lucky 2200+ individuals racing November 5 or 6, I promise you’re in for a treat.

What: Silver Falls Trail Runs; 7 Miler / Half Marathon / Marathon / 50K

When: Saturday, November 5 & Sunday, November 6

Where: Silver Falls State Park

Directions to the park can be found here: DIRECTIONS

For questions, concerns, comments, etc: CONTACT


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