Race Preview: 2019 ORRC Autumn Leaves 50k & 50 Mile

It’s fall and the trees are turning colors, so it must mean it’s time for the 2019 ORRC Autumn Leaves Ultra 50/50! This run through beautiful Champoeg State Park will inspire you with the red and yellow maples along the Willamette River. Come make a weekend out of it at one of the park campsites and put this October 26th race on your calendar.

The course for Autumn Leaves is a 10k loop, 80% of which is on a paved bike path and 20% of which is on a single track dirt trail. The start line will be near the historic Champoeg Pavillion. This ultra gives you the option of running a 50k distance, which would be 5 loops, or the 50 Miler, which is 8 loops. Check out the course map here.

Huber Timing will be onsite and your split times will be up at every lap so you can see your progress. There will be a timing mat at the out and back turn. Family and friends can keep track of you the whole way on race day!

There’s an early start option of 6a on race day for the 50 Miler. Otherwise, you can start either the 50 Miler or the 50k at 7a. All runners must begin their last lap no later than 4a. If you start any laps later than that, you will receive a DNF.

The aid station will be stocked with the usual ultra food, including soda, PB&J, pretzels, chips, and candy. There will also be Gatorade and Clif energy gels. In an effort to go cupless, race organizers are requesting you bring a few bottles labeled with your name to leave at the aid stations if you wish. (You’ll be able to ask them to be topped off, as well, like any other ultra.)

Awards will go to the top finishers for each distance and all finishers will receive an ORRC Autumn Leaves Finisher Glass as well as technical running shirt. There will also be an award to the two runners who have the best costume, as this race is close to Halloween!

Please carpool if possible, as there will only be approximately 130 parking spots available if it’s been raining. As a result, some runners could have to park over a mile from the start. The $5 per car parking fee will be covered by the race. You can park by the Pioneer Woman’s Cabin or the Riverside lot.

Drop bags will be available at the start/finish area under a covered shelter. Despite this, please plan to keep your gear in an enclosed bag, as it’s best to be prepared for anything and the weather can be unpredictable. A dry bag is a good investment, but if you don’t have one, a garbage bag is another good plan. I suggest marking the outside with an old race bib, which will be waterproof and make it easier to locate yours during the race. Also consider the weather when planning what to wear on race day! You will need a headlamp as well, as the run will start in the dark.

The use of headphones is discouraged for this event, though not banned. Consider soaking in the scenery and making some friends out there instead!!

This race may sell out, so please register now!!


What: 2019 ORRC Autumn Leaves 50 Mile & 50k Ultra Runs

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019. Early start for 50 Miler will be at 6a, regular start for 50 Mile and 50k will start at 7a.

Where: Champoeg State Park (8239 Champoeg Road, St. Paul OR)

Cost: 50 Miler is $110, 50k is $90

Register: Here 

Packet Pick-Up: Opens 5:30AM on race day

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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