As running becomes more and more popular with each passing year, so does trail running. Quickly gaining traction (see what I did there?!) as one of the most popular extreme sports in the United States, more and more trail races are popping up across the country.
Many runners seek out trail races for the added sense of adventure that a traditional road race cannot give them; an added sense of risk that comes with traversing ground that may be uneven, littered with boulders, rocks , stumps, mud, sand and on this particular course lava rock! Add in the fact that many trail runners are running single file, the notion that they are alone in the forest or on the trail can seem ever more real. The solitude and beauty the trail affords athletes looking for something a little different, can be a nice change of pace if you’ve never considered it. Perhaps that’s what make the Peterson Ridge Rumble so popular, so popular that it sold out way in advance this year.
Participants in either the 40 mile or 20 mile race will run on the Peterson Ridge and Metolius-Windigo multi-use areas near Sisters, Or. Running through the Deschutes National Forest will give runners breath taking views
and photo opportunities like the one below. The 20 mile course has over 2,000 feet of elevation gain interspersed with fairly flat sections and rolling hills. The 40* mile course starts with a gradual uphill that goes into a few mile sections of rolling hills before coming to a downhill toward the finish.
Having not entered a trail before, (that could change after looking at the photos from previous races and being reminded of some of my favorite hikes when I lived in Colorado) I thought fellow blogger Matt’s coverage from 2015’s race did a great job in outlining what to expect from this gorgeous and challenging race. Please visit the links above and below for more information on the race, it’s beneficiary the Sisters High School Cross Country team and / or to volunteer at one of the aid stations.
What: Peterson Ridge Rumble
When: Sunday, April 8th, 2018. 40 mile participants start at 8:00 am and 20 miler’s at 9:00 am.
Where: Sisters Middle School. Sisters, Or
Awards: $100 to 1st Overall Female and Male in both races; $50 to 2nd Overall Female and Male in both races; $100 to 1st Masters (40+) Female and Male in both races. The top dog (meaning K9) in the 20 mile will receive a bag of doggy schwag.
All finishers get socks and a TON of food in the form of a catered Mexican buffet.
To get updates for registration in 2019: www.petersonridgerumble.com
*Due to the fires around Sister’s last year, the 40 mile course could be cut down to 35 miles.