I’ve never been to Crater Lake. I was born and raised in Portland, but maybe because I’ve never been a tourist, I’ve never made it there. There’s a race on my bucket list that would let me experience Crater Lake in the best possible way, and that’s the Crater Lake Rim Runs & Marathon.
This year, (it’s 43rd!) it will be on Saturday, August 10th . Registration is closed, but I urge you to check it out and put it on your calendar next year. If you get the chance to experience it, it’s held in (predictably) the scenic Crater Lake National Park. You’ll have three distances to choose from: 6.7 miles, 13 miles, or the Marathon. There will also be the option to walk the 6.7 mile course (sorry, but this is the only distance walkers are offered.)
All of the course options will take participants along the rim of Crater Lake and the altitudes range from 5,980 to 7,850 feet above sea level. The course is made up of paved roads other than the last 4 miles of the marathon, which will be dirt and pumice cinders. Check out the course map here. It will be challenging, but equally as beautiful!!
Temperatures have ranged anywhere from the 30’s to the mid 90’s, so come prepared for anything! The weather is generally in the 50’s at the 7:30AM start time and the low to mid 70’s by about 1:00PM.
This race is limited to a total of 500 people and it’s first come first serve. The registration fee is non transferable and non-refundable, and your acceptance will be sent via mail and include your number and race info. Participants must be at least 10 years old for the 6.7 mile run, 16 years for the 13 miler, and 18 years old for the marathon. There will also be day of race course closures at 9:30AM for the 6.7 mile run, 10:00AM for the 13 miler run, and 1:00PM for the marathon.
There will be aid stations out on the course about every 2 miles after mile 3, and there will be electrolytes, water, and sponges. Emergency communications will be available at each station and there will be a medical team trailing at the event in addition to the team that will be at the 6.7 mile mark (Cleetwood Cove.) Watermelon, soda, and bagels will be waiting for you at the finish.
There will be some limited dressing or showering facilities after the race at Mazama Campground in the park. There is also lodging available in the park and in nearby towns including Klamath Falls, Medford, Ashland, or Bend to name just a few. There are also campgrounds nearby. If you are staying at the park Friday evening, there will be a video presentation of “The Rim and Its Runners” at the Steel Visitor Center at 6:00PM.
Buses will be available to the start line and back from the finish. Buses will load for folks staying at the Mazama Motor Motel or campground in the Mazama Village parking area. For those driving in or staying at the Lodge, the bus will pick you up at the Rim Village parking area.
There will be engraved tankards for the male and female overall winners, plaques for age group winners, and ribbons to 5th place winners. All finishers will receive medals and shirts which can be retrieved after the race. Nothing will be mailed after the race, so don’t forget to get your goodies!
When: Saturday, Augst 10th, 2019 at 7:30AM
Where: Crater Lake National Park
Cost: $75 for the 6.7 mile run, $90 for the half marathon, and $100 for the full marathon.
Register: Now closed