Race Preview: 2018 Horse Butte 10-Mile Trail Run (Bend)

Say hello to the spring running season with what is quickly becoming a classic early season event on the east side of the mountains.  Filled with high desert views and some scenic, if technical singletrack in places, the Horse Butte 10 Miler is one trail run that made it onto my running bucket list pretty much immediately after I first heard about it.

It sounds like Horse Butte has just the right amount of negative split, in the right direction, with a majority of the elevation gain in the first 5 or so miles, and then downhill through the trees to the finish.  I don’t know about you, but that’s exactly how I would plan my ideal trail run. This event is also limited to 200 runners, keeping the event small and roomy out on the trails, but with 10 gorgeous trail miles to find your own elbow room, I hardly think it would pose a problem. Just one more thing working in this race’s favor.  

Superfit Productions will provide an aid station at the 5 mile mark, and being that it’ll be spring in Oregon, you’ll want to pack/wear/arrange for as many different kinds of layers as humanly possible.  The location and terrain generally helps this race err on the chilly side.  If all goes well, you’ll end up muddy and triumphant at the finish, exactly how a good trail race should be.  

Horse Butte 10 Miler

When: March 31, 2018 at 9a

Where: Horse Butte

Register: Online here; $45 ($50 if you procrastinate until after March 17th)

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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