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Race Preview: 2018 Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge

We’re talking about early fall races already, and an event to add to the calendar is the second annual Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge, which will be held on September 7, 8, and 9 this year. It is, once again, the epic stage race on 95% trail with a 3-day total of 60k. Friday eases you in with 12.4 miles up Dead Mountain, Saturday is another 12.4 miles for the Alpine Ascent, and Sunday is 11 miles up Larison Rock. Racers can sign up for each event individually ($45 each) or opt for the “Triple Ascent” ($120).

Day One: Dead Mountain Ascent
Runners will enjoy a lovely flat section before beginning their ascent. The summit will feature a small section of gravel road and then will turn around for the descent. This 12.4 miler has 2,650 feet of elevation gain and 3 aid stations.

Day: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: *Evening race* starts at 5:00 PM (packet pick up at the Flat Creek Trailhead from 4-5 PM)
Where: 47997 West 1st Street, Oakridge, Oregon 97463

Day Two: Alpine Ascent
This is an out and back half marathon with ~ 2,700 feet of elevation gain. Nearly all of this course is on single track, save for a small section of gravel road near the summit. There will be 5 aid stations and, of course, post-race food.

Day: Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:00 AM race start (packet pick up at the Salmon Creek parking lot from 9-9:45 AM)
Where: Westfir Covered Bridge, Willamette National Forest, Westfir, Oregon 97492

Day Three: Larison Rock Ascent
The view at the highest point of Larison Rock is worth all the effort. A bridge, some gravel, some singletrack, this run has it all. After the last 2 days of non-trivial elevation, this course climbs about 2,600 feet and will have 6 aid stations.

Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018
10:00 AM (packet pick up at the start line from 7-8:00 AM)
Greenwaters Park | 48362 Oregon 58, Oakridge, OR

Just like last year, Sunday will have a few more events!

On day three (Sunday), there is a 5k event (a fast and flat loop!) which starts at 9:00 AM. And for those 12 and younger, a free 1 mile trail run is at 8:30 AM – fun for the whole family!

For elevation profiles, more detailed course descriptions, volunteer information, and more, visit their website here. To stay up-to-date with emerging details, visit their Facebook page! And when you’re ready, you can register on Ultra Signup.

You can also read a Run Oregon race recap from the 2017 event here!

About Bobi Jo (161 Articles)
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, and snowshoeing. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan. Her best adventure buddies are her husband and her Australian Shepherd.

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