Race Preview: WHEE! (2017 Willamette Headwaters Endurance Events; Oakridge)


The 2017 Willamette Headwaters Endurance Events (WHEE), sponsored by GU, Green Layer, and Eugene Running Company, will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Per usual, they will be holding their three distances: 11, 22, or 33 miles. Gaining approximately 1400, 2800, and 5500 feet respectively, you’ll want to WHEE (x3) all the way home!

If you’ve never run an ultra before, and don’t plan to at this event either, you’ll at least get a little taste of how spoiled ultrarunners can be – each aid station, no matter which distance you’re running, will be stocked with GU gels and chews, candy, trail mix, PB&Js, potato chips, GU Brew, Coke, Ginger Ale…the whole 9 yards. Also, the 22 and 33 milers have the option to leave a drop bag and all finishers will receive post-race snacks and ‘light dinner’.

In addition to great food, and a good hill challenge, this race is in the gorgeous Willamette National Forest in Oakridge, which means incredible singletrack is on the docket, and will feature some water crossings – so pack your drop bag accordingly.


For more information about distance-specific details, cut off times, volunteer information, past photos, rules, and maps, visit their website.

Have I convinced you to sign up yet? If so, register here!

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 11 miler: 10:30 AM | 22 miler: 10:00 AM | 33 miler: 9:00 AM
Oakridge, OR | Sacandaga Campground (Map) (Written Directions)
11 miler: $35 | 22 miler: $45 | 33 miler: $75

Be sure to visit their Facebook page for the latest info!

WHEE run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit benefiting local charities. WHEE Runs Operates under a special use permit with Willamette National Forest and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider

Profits from the event will go to the Eugene Mission:

About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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