Race Preview: 2020 Bristow Trail Runs 50K/25K/10M/5M (Dexter)

The 2020 Bristow Trail Runs at Elijah Bristow State Park in Dexter, hosted by Level 32 Racing, can be an early season ultra, or kick-off-the-trail-running-training mid-distance, or just-a-little-fun-run, but whichever one you choose, it’ll be beautiful and challenging.

The course is a 5.2 mile loop, all on flat, single-track trails, and runs adjacent to the Willamette River. The distance options are just loops of the course: one loop for the 5 mile-ish option, twice for the ~10½ mile option, 3 times for the 25k, or 6 times for the 50k. Featuring a few shallow stream crossings, this event is a great way to get your feet wet, no pun intended, for trail miles you’ll inevitably run the rest of the year! You can check out the course map here, which is slightly revised for 2020 due to a missing bridge and trail closure.

There will be two aid stations located on the course, and each will be passed twice, giving racers 4 aid stations per loop. There will also be an aid station at the start/finish area for those doing multiple loops. Water, Gatorade, electrolyte drink, and GU will be available.

Custom awards will be given to the top three overall male and female winners in each distance, and the top three in each age group for each race will receive a Bristow Trail Run finisher’s medal. Award winners will be recognized throughout the event in lieu of an actual awards ceremony.


Date: Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM for 50k | 10:00 AM for all other distances, with staggered start times

Location: Elijah Bristow State Park, Dexter, OR

Price: $55 for 50K, $40 for 25K, $35 for 10M, $30 for 5M. Ages 17 & under and 60 & over get a $5 discount. Prices on all races increase $10 on race day. Tech shirts are available for an additional $14.

Registration: Online here until 1/31 midnight or at Run Hub NW (515 High St Eugene, OR) through 1/31 at noon. You can also register on race day from 7:30AM to 9:45AM.

Check out Level 32 Racing on Facebook for more event updates as well!

About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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