Meet the man behind Elevated Trail Racing

We recently reached out to Elevated Trail Racing, a relatively new race company with a really solid 4-pack of trail races in Fall 2021. 

Hello, my name is Devin VansCoy, and I grew up in northeast Iowa. I moved out to Oregon in 2008 to experience what the PNW has to offer. I have always been into endurance racing, and am looking for the next challenge. I started as a high school and collegiate XC and track athlete. After college I got into competitive Triathlon racing.

In 2015 I moved to Oakridge, Oregon, which does not have a pool in the entire town and also doesn’t possess the best roads to run on, so I decided to start running on some of the trails there. I instantly fell in love with the feel of running in the woods. The total submersion of rain forested trees all around me was intoxicating. Since then I have sold all of my triathlon gear and have ran trail races all over the United States.

One day in 2017 I was walking in the forest of Oakridge with my dog, and thought of the idea of a stage trail race. I wanted to give back to the amazing trail racing community and always thought it would be cool to put on a race. I didn’t want to put on your typical trail race that someone would run and forget about it the next week. The Oakridge/Westfir area has so many trails it seemed like it would be very doable to create a stage race. I hatched out the entire plan on a hike with my dog Lobo.

We are now in our 5th year of the Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge and this year I added three more races and created a race company called Elevated Trail Racing. All of the races are geared toward a lot of vert and mountainous terrain, which has always been my favorite type of trail.

Very cool! Here is their 2021 schedule:

  • Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge (September 24 – 26, 2021)
    • 40 Mile Stage Race
  • Westfir 35k/50k (October 24, 2021)
    • Run the Alpine trail before you do a lollipop loop on the Cloverpatch and Tire Mountain trails
  • The Ruff (November 14, 2021)
    • Dog Mountain in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Storm the Castle (November 27, 2021)
    • Upper McKenzie River
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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