I ran the Silver Falls Half Marathon in 2018 and it has since become one of my absolute favorite races. So much so that I register for it every year and now make a camping weekend out of it with my family. The weather is typically not great, but the views make it 100% worth it.
This year, the 2021 Silver Falls Trail Races fall on November 5th thru the 7th and you will have several distances to choose from. The 5k will take place on Friday November 5th, the 7 Miler, Marathon, and 50k will all be on Saturday November 6th, and the Half Marathon will be on Sunday, November 7th. There will be wave starts for the 7 miler and the Half Marathon and there is a limit on how many participants can do these races. Registration opens for this race every August, and you have to register early because it’s such a popular race. The 7 miler is currently sold out.
The 5k, which starts at 5:00PM on that Friday, is a gorgeous option for those that want a little taste of what Silver Falls State Park offers. The run starts and finishes at the South Falls Day Use area and follows a paved path to the Maple Ridge Trail. You’ll find more info on the course here. The cost for the 5k is $30.
The 7 Miler is one of the more popular distances for this race, and it’s currently sold out for 2021. There will be two waves for this Saturday race, one at 9:00AM and one 5 minutes later. This run also starts and finishes at South Falls Day Use area and heads up the Rim Trail to stunning views and pretty trails, along with some elevation gain and loss. Check it out here.
The Half Marathon, which was featured in both Runner’s World and Race Center Magazines and voted “Best Oregon trail half marathon” will start in two waves on Sunday at 9:00AM and 9:15AM. The cost is $60 and the views of the waterfalls on this course are jaw-dropping. You get to run under them and it never gets old no matter how many times you end up doing it. Check it out here.
If the Full Marathon is more your speed, you’re in for a memorable journey, complete with some significant elevation gain and mud, rocks, a creek crossing, and hills. Lots of hills. This one starts at 8:00AM on Saturday and costs $75. More info can be found here.
Last and certainly not least, the 50k Ultra is a challenge if you’re up for it. This course is surely one of the most scenic 50ks on the West Coast, which is really saying something among these parts. This Saturday race starts at 7:30AM and costs $90. Read about what to expect here.
All aid stations will feature Heed Electrolyte as well as water. There will also be some great Ultra food on Saturday only, such as bananas, boiled potatoes, candy bars, trail mix, and chips. There will also be soda and hammer gels. Please pack yourself a water bottle or some form of hydration, and the aid stations can refill them for you as needed.
A drop area will be located at the first aid station around mile 3.3 for the 50k, Marathon, and Half Marathon runners. Feel free to utilize this to drop off any gear and pick it back up after the race. There is no bag check at packet pick up.
After the Saturday and Sunday races, enjoy some complimentary food, refreshments, and beer. I’ve always enjoyed the spread after I finish and cool down, and a hot meal really hits the spot. Expect veggie chili, Great Harvest bread, and some fruit and and snacks. Silver Falls Coffee and hot chocolate will also be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Stick around long enough to see if you’ve won one of the raffle prizes which will be posted on a list on the stage in the main tent area. The award ceremony will also begin shortly after each race’s finish. Custom finisher medals will be given out to all finishers each day.
If you wish to buy a t-shirt, they are available to buy online or on the day of the race. They are gender specific and a technical moisture wicking material. The cost is $20 and the sizes and quantities are limited.
If you’re looking for a fun and beautiful trail race, this is it! I’ll be there and would love to see you too!!
When: Friday November 5th thru Sunday November 7th, 2021
Where: Silver Falls State Park, Sublimity OR. Paved parking will be available near the start/finish area and all parking/day use fees are covered on race day only.
Packet Pick-Up: Onsite only on Friday Nov 5th from 3:00-5:00PM, Saturday Nov 6th from 6:30-9:00AM & 2:00-5:00PM, and Sunday Nov 7th from 7:00-9:00AM