Race Preview: Inaugural Run the Rock 50M, 50K, and Half (Terrebonne)


The beauty of Smith Rock State Park is indescribable. There’s a reason trail runners, climbers, hikers, mountain bikers, campers, bird watchers, and fishermen and women flock here during every season. It’s simply gorgeous.

If you love Smith Rock as much as I do, put Alpine Running‘s inaugural Run the Rock event on your calendar. It will be on Saturday, November 11, 2017 – I know I’ll be there! The day will feature a half marathon, a 50K, and a 50M, all of which will have plenty of incredible views.

Half Marathon | Start time: 8:30 AM | Price: $55
13.1 miles with 90% on singletrack and roughly 2,700 feet of elevation gain. Runners will have 3 aid stations for this course.

50K | Start time: 7:15 AM | Price: $95
You’ve heard of Misery Ridge, right? If not, I won’t spoil the surprise for you, but read the name again and train accordingly. This course has about 4,500 feet of gain and loss with ~85% on singletrack with 4 aid stations. There is one cut-off time: aid station 4 (mile 25) at 3 PM. Sorry, no drop bags or pacers for this distance!

50M | Start time: 7:00 AM | Price: $115
The 50M course will be twice around a 25-mile loop with about 6,500 feet of gain. Runners will get about 80% of this course on singletrack with 7 aid stations. There are 2 cut-off times: aid station 4 (mile 25) at 1:30 PM and aid station 6 (mile 38.75) by 5 PM. Drop bags are allowed at AS4, which is the start/finish aid station. Sorry, no pacers allowed!

**Please note that Alpine Running has gone cupless, so be prepared at the aid stations to have your own cup / bottle / bladder / etc. Also, no dogs allowed on course due to permit conditions!**

Runners can pick up their packets on Friday night at FootZone in Bend from 2 – 6 PM or on race day starting at 5:30 AM. Remember to bring $5 to pay for parking at Smith Rock.

Registration includes a post-race meal from East Meets West Fusion, beer from Good Life Brewing, and a custom award for each finisher. The top 3 male and female winners will receive prizes as well.

The beneficiary of this event is the Redmond High School cross country team – they’ll be volunteering at 2 of the aid stations on race day!

Register on Ultra Signup here! Also, if you are a veteran or an immediate family member of a veteran, please email the race director and you will receive a 25% discount off registration.

You can visit the race website for aid station distances, elevation profiles, and more. Also, stay up-to-date by following their Facebook page here. See you at Smith Rock in a month!


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.

%d bloggers like this: