When I’m running on the streets of Portland, there are times when I’ll race against a red light or a Max train about the block my path. Those brief sprints add excitement to the journey and a good adrenaline rush if home seems way to far away. But I don’t think I’ve ever spent a race wondering if I can keep ahead of a bunch of racing bikers. Especially in the wilderness.
The NUTcracker 50K includes this added element of adventure with a 50-person MTB race beginning 26 miles upstream from the runners’ starting line. Race directors anticipate that runners will stay ahead of the biking group as long as they complete within 6.5 hours. Those handlebars will be a good motivation to keep it moving.
The beautiful scenery along the North Umpqua Trail will also be motivating. Camping over Labor Day weekend and then running trails that few have hiked will be the perfect way to celebrate beginning the fall running season. This point-to-point race begins with a drop off at Soda Springs Trailhead (time to hit up your friends for a ride) and ends with a BBQ, beer bash, and celebration at Stewart Park in Roseburg. All participants receive even socks, shirt, and swag bag.
So check out this event and let some bikers eat your dust.
The NUTcracker 50K (Roseburg)
When: Saturday, September 1st at 7am
Where: Drop off at Soda Springs Trailhead (40 miles East of Roseburg)
Register: Online by August 27th
Packet Pick-Up: Friday August 31st 1-4pm at Backside Brewery