Race Preview: 2021 Horse Butte Trail Race 10M (Bend)

An early season Central Oregon trail run is just what is needed to kick off the new year of racing. The Horse Butte 10 miler, coming up on April 3rd, is a low-key, beautiful, and fun race with a little twist: if you want a course record, you have to wearing western attire. Even if you’re not out to set any records, what’s a 10 miler in jean shorts amongst friends?

The course is nearly all on singletrack, with the first 5 miles running slightly uphill, followed by flat, but technical, trail. The best views are just after the halfway point, showing off the desert and surrounding mountains.

In order to allow this event to happen in-person, there are some COVID Precautions:

Masks: Masks must be worn when you start. On course you must have access to a mask and cover your nose and mouth when 6 feet of distance isn’t possible (such as passing).

Staggered start: To maintain distance between runners, there will be a 10 second separation between runners. Runners will start 1 per every 15 seconds.

Pace: With the staggered start, runners will be organized according to the pace submitted during registrations. Be sure to submit a realistic race pace. The event is chip timed so your time will start when you cross the timing mat.

Aid Station: The aid station will not be able to provide water or nutrition this year. Be prepared to carry what you need.

Post Race: Unfortunately there will be no post race festivities or beer garden, but there will still be post-race food and finisher prizes.

See the race website for more details, including a course map and packet pickup info.

Date: Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Horse Butte, OR
Price: $45
Registration: Online here

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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