Race Preview: 2019 Hardesty Hardcore Trail Run (near Oakridge)

The fourth event (of six total) of the Run Big Trail Series (RBTS) by Level 32 Racing will be taking place on Saturday, August 31 on the Hardesty Trail. Participants may elect to participate in the 14 mile or 5.5 mile distances. This event does have a participate cap, so register soon. I’ve never participated in the Hardesty Hardcore, but want to so bad! Level 32 Racing puts on absolutely outstanding events, both for the trail runner and the road runners alike.

The 14 mile distance is going to be very challenging, and gives the Hardesty Hardcore its name. This distance will start/finish at the Hardesty Trailhead, providing participants a grueling 3,300 feet climb in the first 4.5 miles, then descending that same 3,300 feet over the next 4 miles. To finish off the 14 miles, you’ll travel on 5.5 miles of rolling hills. This portion is the same course as the 5.5 mile event.

For those not wanting to go so hardcore, consider the 5.5 mile “forest-fiver”. This course will be the final 5.5 mile stretch of the 14 mile event, and will include rollers with gradual ascents and descents. Shuttles will take participants of this distance to the start line at South Creek Trailhead. Both distances finish at the Hardesty Trailhead parking lot, and trail along 100% single track trails.

Along the course, aid stations will be available at 4 points on the 14 mile course (3 mile, 4.5 mile, 8.5 mile and 12 mile), and 1 point on the 5.5 mile forest-fiver (3.5 mile). Water and light snacks will be available at these points for participants.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female finisher in each distance, and the top three male and females in each age group/distance.
Entry fees are $35 for the 14 mile, and $30 for the 5.5 mile (which includes the shuttle). Day of race registration may be available for an additional $10, and technical event shirts are $12. Register early to secure your space (and your shirt!).
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Distances: 14 mile or 5.5 mile
Time: 8 a.m. for the 14 mile and 8:30* a.m. for the 5.5 mile start (*must catch shuttle by 8:15 a.m.)


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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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