If you run ultras and live in Oregon, you have most certainly heard of “The Mac” and its illustrious fabled course. And even if you have never run this race, you probably know a handful of people who have. The Mac 50K started in 1996, and if the fable is to be believed, 2 crazy brothers and their buddy Clem came up with a stellar course in beautiful forested area to the northwest of Corvallis. To be certain, it really was a guy named Clem, and his buddy Sander, who got it all started back then.
On May 4th, nearly 225 will people show up to toe the line, including many big names in the Northwest ultra scene. The course is about 65% single track and 35% forest service road, with 6,800 feet of gain. However, unlike some courses where the gain is mainly in 2-3 big climbs, the Mac has lots of smaller climbs that add up by the end, making this a very runnable 50K. Add to this the beauty of the McDonald Forest, which offers runners some epic scenery, and you get a challenging, yet rewarding 50K trail race.
When: Saturday, May 4th. Race starts at 8am.
Cost: $75 through March 31st. Cost goes up $10 starting April 1st. Runners get 4 well stocked aid stations, post-race soup, bread, fruit and cookies, a Territory Run shirt, and 1-22 oz. bottle of MAC beer.
Register: Online at UltraSignup