Race Preview: 2017 Hell of the Northwest Trail Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K (Blodgett)

I have a special place in my heart for the Hell of the Northwest event. A photo of my husband and I at the start line was even featured in our wedding announcement. I was just breaking into the distance running scene and they offered a 25K – a challenge I naively accepted. It is also the only race that has made me shed tears. I’ll never forget my own shortcomings, but also the incredible challenge I overcame that day. And how freaking sweet those trails are! Race director Mike puts on great events and this one is no exception.

I’d like to think I’ve grown as a runner since that difficult day, and they’ve no doubt grown as an event. While they no longer have that 25K course available, they do have a half marathon, a 10K, or a 5K to enjoy. The half marathon has about 2,000 feet of gain and the 10k about 1,000 feet. They are all on the beautiful trails of the Alsea Falls Recreation Area.

Since this event is just before Halloween (Saturday, October 21st), the best costumed male and female (and junior) runners will receive a prize! If you’re planning to dress up, use the coupon code ‘costume’ during registration to save $5. Also included with registration is a post-race BBQ – you will have earned it!

Register on Ultra Signup and fast! Only 150 half marathon runners and 50 10K runners are permitted!

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: Half marathon: 10 AM | 10K: 10:15 AM | 5K: 10:20 AM
Where: Alsea Falls Recreation Area | Blodgett, OR
Half marathon: $45 | 10K: $35 | 5K: $25 (add $5 each after Sept 30)

$5 of each entry fee will be donated to the BLM to support trail work and campground expansion!

Follow the event on Facebook here!

About Bobi Jo (241 Articles)
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.

2 Comments on Race Preview: 2017 Hell of the Northwest Trail Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K (Blodgett)

  1. Under Details the date is incorrect, should say October 21st NOT 27th.
    This is a great event in a beautiful area! Thanks for covering it!

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