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Race Preview: The 2017 Ultimook XC Race

The 2017 Ultimook XC Race is scheduled for September 2nd.

One of Oregon’s most creative and novel cross-country events is coming up on Saturday, September 2nd, near Tillamook. The Ultimook XC Race features a High School 5k, a Middle School 3k, a Novice Runner 3k, and an Open 5k that anyone can enter.

The imaginative and inspired course is set in a large flower farm and includes a natural mud pit, two river crossings, a substantial hill, and additional “unique” obstacles, which, based on the whimsical course map below, may or may not include a brief run through a barn. While the mud looks to be thick and deep, it is quickly followed by a chance to rinse off in the first crossing of the Kilchis River. The beautiful course setting is great for spectators too, and with the mud, water, and hills, the races should prove to be fun and entertaining to watch.

This awesome course map makes the race look like a blast! I hope there’s a poster version available.

There will be separate races for different high school classifications, as well as varsity and JV divisions. Boys and girls will also race separately. The final race schedule will be posted HERE a few weeks before race day, so check back often.

The top 10 high school and middle school boys and girls receive fresh flowers from the farm, and anyone may get the unexpected treat of spotting Bigfoot somewhere along the course.

What: The Ultimook XC Race

When: Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Where: Hydrangea Ranch, 9455 Kilchis River Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141

What time: The final schedule will be posted a few weeks before the meet, so check the coach’s information page for updates as race day approaches.

Registration: To register and for updated meet schedules visit the race’s page on Athletic.net HERE.

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About Joe Dudman (220 Articles)
Portland, Oregon native Joe Dudman has been running races since his sophomore year in high school, and has accumulated over 600 race shirts through the years. Although he has survived 8 marathons, Joe prefers shorter, faster races like 5Ks and the mile.

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