Race Preview: 2022 McDonald Forest 50K (Corvallis)


Photo by Teri Smith (@runner.teri)

Spring races are popping up left and right and some of us are already signed up for summer events, so the timing of the 26th annual McDonald Forest 50K (aka “Mac 50”) is a good one to squeeze in. This year’s event will be held in Corvallis on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

The Mac 50 means business, with around 7,000 of feet of gain on over 20 miles of beautiful singletrack and about 10 miles of logging roads! Runners will be rewarded with scenic views of the Cascades, coast range, and Soap Creek Valley (with any luck). The course is new [and harder] this year, so be sure to keep an eye on the course markings but the race directors were generous enough to keep in the dreamy downhill finishing miles.

The Corvallis Area Trailrunners is the 501(c)(3) public charity that distributes all the race proceeds, which support local middle and high school cross-country teams, the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit and the OSU Research Forest.

There will be 4 well-stocked aid stations, but note that this event will be cupless, so please plan accordingly. The finish line will have post-race soup and other goodies, as well as a Territory Run race shirt and Injinji socks.

If you’ve not run in McDonald Forest before, these trails are such a treat. And if you have, well, you already know about the “magic of the maze”.


Photo by Teri Smith (@runner.teri)


Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM (early start at 7:00 AM)
Location: Peavy Arboretum | Corvallis, OR
Price: $85
Registration: Online at Ultra SignupFor more event info, visit the race website or their Facebook page!
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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