Race Preview: 2019 Ochoco Trail Runs – Prineville’s Ochoco Mountains

Trail races abound in Oregon, from east to west, from north to south; every distance you want is out there, pretty much. Some are much tougher than others, some offer stunning scenery, and some even have amazing race organizers and volunteers. However, few offer all that and more like you’ll find at Ochoco Trail Runs from Alpine Running. Last year at Ochoco, I completed my first 50K. Why in the world did I attempt a race that has nearly 6,300 feet of gain as my first? Aside from the possibility that I might be a little crazy, a lot had to do with the beauty of the area and the organizers themselves.

From their Facebook page, Alpine has loaded a couple of great videos and several stunning pictures that hint at the glory of the Ochoco Mountains wilderness in Central Oregon. The views never disappoint, while challenging you to the very end. The 10.5 mile course is an out and back with nearly 2,000 feet of climbing, while the 50 mile course has roughly 9,000 feet of gain. All 3 distances start and end at the Walton Lake Sno-Park, which is about 30 miles east of Prineville. Come prepared to work for it, but be prepared to leave with a smile.

When: Saturday, July 6th. 50 mile starts at 6am. 50K starts at 7am. 10.5 mile starts at 8am.

Registration: Sign up through UltraSignup. 50 mile = $140. 50K = $110. 10.5 mile = $65. (All costs are good through 7/4/19).

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