The Owyhee Off-Road Challenge takes place in the small, rural community of Adrian, OR (one hour west of Boise, ID) on March 26, 2022. This beautiful, challenging chip-timed race runs on dirt trails, and you can choose between 5k, 10k, and half-marathon distances, as well as a new Ultra distance, which is a 55k loop. The race is hosted by the Adrian Sports Boosters to raise funds to build a new track for Adrian, Oregon.
The 55k takes off first at 7:00AM Mountain Time (please make note of this if you are on Pacific Tiime!) and the half marathon follows at 10:00AM, After that, the 10k will leave at 10:30AM and finally the 5k sets off at 11:00AM. Runners and walkers of all speeds are welcome to participate in all distances. The half marathon runners will complete a large circle on rolling hills to the top of the Owyhees overlooking the Snake river, with its most significant climb of 700ft during the first three miles.
The 10k has the same elevation gain before reaching the turnaround point, whereas the 5k turns around before reaching the top of the 10k hill. The 55k, also a looped course, will have a whopping 3,548 feet of total elevation gain. There are virtual options too if you’re more comfortable with that in these scary times!
This race will benefits the next generation of runners. The Adrian High School track and field team currently has to bus to neighboring high schools to use their facilities, since the Adrian HS track is non-standard shape and made from packed dirt. While installing a full rubberized track is not within budget, the high school is hoping to raise enough funds to provide a rubberized 100m straight-away to allow the team basic running drills on a better surface.
You can also see race photos and updated information on the Owyhee Challenge Facebook Page.
When: Saturday, March 26, 2022
- Mountain Time Zone starts of 7:00AM for 55k,
- 10:00AM for Half Marathon,
- 10:30AM for 10k,
- 11:00AM for 5k
Where: Two Rivers Community Park, 106 Owyhee Street, Adrian, Oregon 97901
Registration: Online here
- $75 for 55k,
- $50 for Half Marathon,
- $40 for 10k, and
- $30 for 5k.
Packet Pickup: Day of race only at Two Rivers Community Park from 6:00AM to 11:00AM