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Race Preview: 2018 Vortex Half Marathon and 10K Trail Run (Estacada)

Spring is just around the corner and so is the Vortex Half Marathon and 10K Trail Runs. This early spring trail run is held at Milo McIver State Park and promises great scenery, challenging terrain, and most likely mud. This trail run includes views of the Clackamas River, running among the fir trees, and even running alongside a disc golf course. The half marathon course will include about 1500 feet of climbing, while the 10K will have a total elevation gain of about 600 feet.

Because Milo McIver State Park was home to the only state sponsored rock festival in the history of the US in 1970 (Vortex I), participants are encouraged to break out their 70s garb for this memorable trail run. There will be prizes for best costume.

This 4th annual trail run is put on by Run Wild Adventures, which does a great job of organizing their events. Trails are always well-marked, check in is quick and easy, and real bathrooms are available. If you place in your age division, expect an awesome 70s themed custom award. The award over the last several years was a pretty cool wooden medal in the shape of VW van.

You can also purchase some of Run Wild’s cool gear either online or at the event. I have a sweatshirt that I purchased at one of their events that I wear regularly.

I have run the Vortex 10K two times and highly recommend it!  See my 2017 recap here. My running friends and I are already making plans for Vortex, as it is fast becoming an annual tradition. Elevation, mud, great scenery, and trails. What’s not to look forward to?

Vortex Trail Runs Details

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Location: Milo McIver State Park, 21300 South Springwater Rd, Estacada

Times: 8:45 A.M. – 1/2 marathon
9:00 A.M. – 10K

Entry Fees: $30 – 10K, $45 Day of Race
$50 – 1/2 marathon, $65 Day of Race

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (482 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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