Located in the dynamic forests of the Pacific Northwest, the Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge is truly in trail running paradise. This event is a three-day trial running extravaganza, where races are run over a whole weekend (Friday – Sunday).
If racers run all three days worth of events, there will be a total of 40 miles of running, covering 8,500 of elevation gain. On day one, the 25k Dead Mountain run, is the longest race of the three-day event. This race has aid stations at miles 3, 6, 8, 8.5, 10, and 13. The “King and Queen of the Mountain” will be awarded around mile 8. On Saturday, the 20k Alpine race has three aid stations (miles 3.4, 6.2, and 9). With 2,700 of elevation gain, this event will award the “King and Queen of the Mountain” at mile 5.7. The 11-mile Larson Rock race is run on Sunday, the final event in the challenge. There are three aid stations for the 11 miler at mile 4.5, 5.5, and 6.5. The “King and Queen of the Mountain” is awarded at like 5. This year the event will run over Devil’s Backbone, one of the most memorable views in the Willamette National Forest.
Awards are given to the “King and Queen of the Mountain” as well as the overall time of the three events, and the overall winners for the whole event. Since these races are dog friendly, a rawhide reward will be given to each four-legged racer, and special treats to overall furry winners.
Post race, snacks and drinks greet the runner. Humm Kombucha will be on tap, and after Saturday’s race, Cowgirl Cook’n, will have lunch for a discounted purchase. On Sunday, the Triple Summit racers will have a meal provided for them, for their efforts.
Days: Friday Sept. 27 – Sunday Sept. 29, 2019
Times: Friday (3:30 PM), Saturday (10:00 AM), Sunday (10:00 AM)
Directions (from Eugene):
(Friday) You will continue on Highway 58 past Ray’s Grocery Store. You will take a left on Hills Street at the edge of town. You will continue on Hills Street and take a right on Parks Street. There will be street parking as will as in the Park.
(Saturday) Head south on I5 until you get to the Highway 58 exit. Take the Highway 58 Exit. You will be on Highway 58 for approximately 30 miles. Take the Westfir cut off on your left. Take your next left toward Westfir and cross the Westfir Covered Bridge. Parking available in the park.
(Sunday) Head on I5 South. Take Highway 58 Exit Toward Oakridge. Continue east on Highway 58 through the town of Oakridge. Take a right at the Greenwaters Park sign just east of Oakridge. Parking available in the park.