Race Preview: 2018 Canyon Rumble Frozen Half (Madras)

2017_12_CanyonRumbleHalf_00067-X3For many runners, the season tends to end when the weather changes from warm to cold, from dry to wet, or from ideal to disgusting. And yet, every year there are dozens of solid local races where the elements become the biggest part of the race.

Now in its 7th year, the Canyon Rumble Frozen Half is just such an event. In the past 6 races, there have been ideal conditions, such as clear skies and mid-50’s (2016) , and there have been icy, windy conditions, where the temp didn’t break 25 degrees (2015). When you sign up for this race, you might need to bring 3 different outfits just in case!

Last year, race organizers made a change to the start/finish due to a newly finished section of the Willow Creek Trail System. Runners still head over the notorious “M” hill, which must be conquered on the way back, making the course challenging but very doable. Once over the hill, runners head into Willow Canyon and enjoy some great single track, along with amazing views of the high desert…unless of course it’s covered in snow. A great way to stay connected to any changes before race day, check out the Rumble’s Facebook page.

A new feature this year is the Rumble is the final medal race for the Oregon Half Marathon Series. Besides your finishers medal for the Rumble, you will get a special medal if you participated in this race series. Additionally, the Rumble continues to offer 3 distances; 5K, 10K and the half. All races benefit the local running community in Madras through the Jack Watts Youth running grant and scholarship. Regardless of the weather come race day, this is definitely an event worth running.

When: Saturday, December 1st. Races start at 10am at Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Cost: 1/2 marathon = $45. 10K = $30. 5K = $20.

Register: Online through Ultra SignUp


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