Silver Falls Marathon and the Shellburg Falls Trail Run are located less than 12 miles apart, and if you look at a map, they are essentially just one big conglomeration of protected land. That means similar weather (though Shellburg has seen everything from rain to snow to clear skies in the times I have participated), elevation, scenery, and – oh yeah – running behind waterfalls. The 5.2 mile course is a challenge, but offers some amazing and unique trails that not too many can claim to have run. Here are some words from my last running:
Mile 2 is the “money” portion of the event – featuring yet another Run Wild Adventures race with a run behind a waterfall. Shellburg Falls is smaller than the giant ones [nearby], but it is breathtaking nonetheless. [The] scenery from the top is spectacular. Like crazy good. Like want to stop running for the day and just gaze over the Valley good. The next stretch along a narrow canopy-covered trail is a blast. The final few miles were along the snow-covered service road, with running made easier by following the pre-made tire tracks, and a long downhill stretch to the finish.
On top of all that, the race is only $25. It doesn’t include a shirt or a medal (for those who care), but does come with warm soup and beer afterwards, a piping hot fire, a great raffle, and a feeling of serious accomplishment. The race generally “sells out” each year, but with a field max of 250, you won’t be cramped for too long. You will, however, be sorry if you miss out on this event in your lifetime.