Race Preview: 2017 Ole’s Assault (Astoria)

It’s probably been close to 10 years since I ran Ole’s Assault, but it was certainly memorable. There are lots of obstacle races and adventure runs out there these days, but any event held by X-Dog Events is going to be the genuine article. The cuts, bruises, and sore legs are battle scars and you earn every one of them out there on the hilly terrain of the Oregon coast.

This year, Ole’s Assault Adventure Run is on September 10th. Half the fun of the experience is camping out with other runners in the group site the night before and getting pumped up for the race the next day, which will take place mostly on private property near Astoria. You’re not going to read about all the “obstacles” anywhere on their website or here, because the experience is meant to be a surprise. There will be around 10 challenges on a well-marked course and you should expect to see a lot more natural elements than other more well-known adventure races employ. I seem to recall crossing bodies of river raft-worthy water, hauling logs, and lots of climbing. You will be challenged, you should expect to get absolutely filthy during this event, and you will have the time of your life when all is said and done.  Expect the experience to take about 2 to 2.5 hours, with the faster finisher taking about 1.5 hours. There will be no aid stations, so bring your own water.

There will be a salmon bake after the race is over for all to enjoy as well as some cold beer. The awards will be given in 5 year increments and there will be special awards for the top Clydesdale and Athena. There is also an award called The Guard Dog which will be given to the top Armed Forces-Police-Fire team that finishes first. They will get a discount on registration as well if they list MILITARY/PUBLIC SERVANT on the registration for the event.

Registration is limited to 250 participants, so shouldn’t you be signing up by now?



What: Ole’s Astoria Assault Adventure Run

When: September 10th, 2017 at 10:00AM

Where: Near Astoria, OR. See a map to the event here.

Register: Here

Registration Cost: $35

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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