If you have had the distinction of running the Canyon Rumble, you know all about the infamous “M” hill. The massive M stands for Madras, of course, and like one might see in many towns across the country, it represents the local high school. I love trying to spot a massive white letter on a yonder hill, whenever I travel, as it often reminds me of the youth and the runners in those local schools. Every year, the Rumble benefits the youth in their schools, through the Jack Watt Youth Running grant, aimed at keeping kids running, and out of trouble.
This year, for the second year in a row, organizers plan to start and finish at the fairgrounds, while including M Hill on both the out and the back. The course is mostly trail, with a net downhill on the way out, followed by a net uphill on the way back, making negative splits a bit tricky. However, nothing takes away those views, as runners will enjoy glimpses of Mt Jefferson and the beautiful Willow Canyon.
As a side note, make sure and check the weather before heading out for this one. Years past have seen 50 degrees and sunny, but also 15 degrees with snow and ice. Maybe that’s why they called it the frozen half? While that last thought might make you think twice, don’t let it. This event is always well organized and very affordable, not to mention fun. Get ready to Rumble!
When: Saturday, December 7th. Half starts at 10am. 10K/5K start at 10:10am.
Cost/Registration: Half = $45. 10K = $30. 5K = $20. Register online at UltraSignup.