Race Preview: 2017 Run to the Ruts (Baker City)

National Trails Day is coming up on Saturday, June 3. Never heard of it? Well…

National Trails Day is the only nationally coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. Every trail beckons adventure and has a story to share with any person willing to discover it, and American Hiking Society believes these trail experiences can improve the lives of every American.

Each year, on the first Saturday of June, American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure and discover their unique story at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country.

By coordinating a wide array of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly passionate trail advocates and stewards.

Trail Tenders, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the educational programs of the Baker City Oregon Trail Interpretive Center uses this day to put on their annual Run to the Ruts 10k and 5k. There is a course map available and the course is described as such:

There will be a start above the entrance of the 3rd parking lot and heads down the service road towards the Panorama Point Trail. At approx. 2.3 miles the course turns right towards the Eagle Valley Railroad Grade Loop Trail. Then, after an approx. 430 ft. elevation drop, it takes the Ascent Trail, the last mile, back to the 3rd parking lot and finish line. The route is a mixture of gravel road, paved trails and dirt trails, with several tight curves.

While there will be awards for the top finishers, this is more of a “fun run” in the sense that time will be tracked, but not professionally. There will be water and juice, as well as fruit and snacks before and after the race.

Run to the Ruts (Baker City)
When: 830 for 10k, 9a for 5k on Saturday, June 3, 2017
Where: The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at 22267 Oregon Hwy 86, five miles east of Baker City
Register: Online here or mail-in; $15

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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