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Race Preview: 2018 McKenzie River Trail Run (Eugene)

Calling all trail runners!!! For Oregon’s oldest ultra run held on September 8th, 2018. The McKenzie River Trail Run, traces a route along the beautiful McKenzie River. With spectacular views of two waterfalls, Clear Lake, Lava Flows, through an old growth forest, log bridges and the aquamarine colored Tamolitch pool (an underground lava tube where the river flows through). This ultra marathon will be sure to please, it is surely one of the pretties trails in America, and offers runners a technically challenging course, yet with only moderate elevation gains. With truly inspirational and breathtaking scenery, you don’t want to miss this one!

This will be the 31st annual run of the McKenzie River Trail Run in Eugene. All net proceeds go to support local non-profits in the McKenzie Valley, which includes McKenzie Community Track and Field.

The 50K  course begins at Carmen Reservoir off Highway 126, below Koosah Falls and Icecap Camp Ground. Runners will go upriver past the falls and around Clear Lake before returning down the the length of the trail towards the finish across the road from McKenzie Ranger Station.

This race is limited to 200 participants, if the race oversells by April 7th, entries will be determined by lottery. The past 6 years a lottery has been necessary. Entry fee will include aid, post-race lunch, race apparel or finisher item. Registered runners must be present at the packet pickup to receive race swag (items will not be mailed).

There will be awards for the male and female winners and age group: 39 & under; 40-49; 50-59; 60 & over. No age group award will be given for the overall winners’ age group. There will also be 5 aid stations, every 4-6 miles. Offer water, Gu Electrolyte Brew Gu and typical aid station food.

With 200 runners, 31 miles, 31 years, one river, this is one race you don’t want to miss!

Race Details:
The McKenzie River Trail Run
When: September 8th, 2018, 7:00 am
Where: Carmen Reservoir, Eugene OR
Register: HERE
Entry: $75

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