Race Preview: 2021 Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge

Ready for a challenge? The Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge is the ONLY 3 day stage trail running race in Oregon, and it’s going to be epic!! Join your fellow trail runners for the 5th annual race, which will be held September 24th thru September 26th, depending on the challenge you wish to embark on. Do one event, two, or all three!! If you’ve never vistied the lush forested trails of Oakridge, you’re in for a treat.

Friday, September 24th will be the 20k, the Alpine Westfir. There is an early race start at 9:00AM and another start at 10:00AM. This race starts at the red covered bridge in the city of Westfir, and it is an out and back course beginning at 1,050 feet in elevation and climbing to 3,385 feet at the highest point, with a total elevation gain of 2800 feet. There is one aid station at the highest point at mile 5.7, which is also the summit for the Queen and King of the Mountain. There will be a second opportunity to stop here again at mile 6.7. The course is mostly on single track trail, with a portion on gravel near the top.

Saturday the 25th will be the 30k, also known as the Dead Mountain Ascent. There will be a 8:00AM early race start and another race start at 10:00AM. The course begins and ends at the Ampitheather at Greewaters Park, and it’s a lollipop loop. This is the longest event of the race weekend, and there is 3,100 ft of elevation gain and a gorgeous view of the Willamette National Forest. There are three aid stations for this race, with six opportunities to stop. The King and Queen of the Mountain summit for this race will be located at mile 9.

Finally, the 15k, the Larison Rock Ascent, will be on the last day of the stage race, September 26th at 9:00AM for the early start and 10:00AM for everyone else. This race, the shortest of the three, also begins at Greenwaters Park. This course will offer participants an epic view at the top of Larison Roack, and 2,600 feet of elevation gain. There is only one aid station, but you will get two opportunities to stop here, both at mile 4.5 and 5.5. The summit for the King and Queen of the Mountain will be at mile 5 for this race.

$1000 is on the line, as the top 3 male/female overall runners in the stage race will get this cash purse. There is also a cash prize for the 1st man and women to reach the summit of each race, the King/Queen f the Mountain!! There are additional prizes for the fastest overall summit, sprint stage winners, masters, and overall triple summit challenge winners. There will also raffles each day, and a lot of awesome swag will be awarded, including two pairs of On trail running shoes. It’s worth a try! Awards will be presented at 1:00PM on Sunday.

Each day, all runners will be rewarded with a free lunch from Cow Girl Cook’n food cart. The gourmet food will offer participants a meat, vegetarian, or vegan option. There will also be adult beverages and Humm Kombucha.

This race is a dog friendly race, so bring your pooch! They will get treated for their efforts as well, as doggy treats will be waiting at the aid stages and at the finish. There will also be a doggy winner every day and an overall prize for a dog for the weekend!! Only 5 dogs will be allowed per day, so jump on this if you want your furry friend with you!!

There are several suggested hotels and camping options located on the website if you would like to make your long weekend plans and make a vacation of it! Packet pickup will be at the RunHub NW in Eugene the evening before the race weekend begins, but if you are coming from out of town, you can pick up your bib on race morning.

This race will be an amazing experience, and it’s going on my bucket list for next year!


What: 2021 Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge

When: September 24-26, 2021

Where: Oakridge, OR

Cost: 40 Mile Stage Race is $140, 30k/20k/15k is $55

Register: Here

Packet Pick-Up: Thursday, September 23rd from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at RunHub NW in Eugene, OR. If you cannot make it, pick up your bib on race day.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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