Race Preview: Inaugural Siuslaw Dunes 50K / 25K (Florence)

Our friends at Daybreak Racing have added another great event to their lineup this year: The Siuslaw Dunes! Sponsored by Salomon, this race is pronounced sigh-YEW-slaw and will be in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (on the coast near Florence, in between Coos Bay and Newport). They are offering a 50K and 25K option and both are dog-friendly!

The race website describes both races as a diverse course featuring:

…an assortment of ecological zones, including lush old growth coastal rainforest, riverside estuaries, freshwater lakes, as well as a fascinating transition zone between the dunes and the ocean called the deflation plain, which teems with water-loving plants and animals.

The 25K is a lollipop-style course with some singletrack, some dunes, and some beaches. It’s more of a 25K+ at 16.6 miles and has about 1,300 feet of climbing (and descending!). There will be two opportunities for aid in the 25K – one station that runners pass twice.

The 50K is not just the 25K twice and has it’s own unique profile! With about 2,750 feet of climbing, and the bulk of that in the middle, paired with the ever-changing terrain, this is going to be a good challenge for any runner. There will be 5 aid stations total for the 50K.

You can check out their race website for course maps and GPX files, race day schedules, accommodation recommendations, etc.

Daybreak Racing events are cupless, so while there will be plenty of electrolyte drinks, water, and soda, be sure to bring your own vessel for refueling! Aid stations will also have gels, bars, fruit, chips, candy…standard ultra fare.

The event beneficiary is Siuslaw High School’s Cross Country and Track & Field programs in Florence, Oregon. Daybreak Racing’s founder and race director, Jeremy, was born and raised in Florence and is an alumni of Siuslaw High. He’s excited to bring runners to his old stomping grounds and be able to give back to his hometown.

Run Oregon knows and loves Daybrack Racing events and can attest to how they are quality, well organized, scenic events. The courses are invariably well marked, the aid stations are always great (and often mini parties!) and I haven’t been to a race yet where they didn’t have beer (or chocolate milk) at the finish line. We are excited to be at this inaugural event with them, and encourage you to check out their other races throughout the year!


Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Time: 50K: 7:00AM | 25K: 9:00 AM

Location: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (start/finish at Cleawox Lake Day-Use Area)

Price: 50K: $120 | 25K: $95

Registration: On Ultra Signup here

As always, be sure to check out Daybreak Racing on Facebook and Instagram!

About Bobi Jo (251 Articles)
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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