Gosh. I sure wish I could participate in this event! For 23 awesome years, the 2022 Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run, lovingly referred to as the “SOB,” has taken place. This race features a 100k, a 50 Miler, a 50k and a 15k trail run, beginning at the Mount Ashland Lodge, which is situated at an impressive 6,500 foot elevation.
Important to note, so I’m mentioning it straight away: this race has a limited entry field, and the 15k has already sold out. There are still some spaces available for the other distances (open to racers 18+ only unless prior permission granted), so if you want to participate this year, do not wait to get registered!!
Here is the scoop on this awesome race. The SOB takes place on Saturday, July 9th this year. Start and finish line is located at the Mount Ashland Lodge. The courses, on sweet single track, travel along the famous Pacific Crest Trail and offer some stunning views of Mt. Shasta, McLaughlin, and the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges. Definitely a sight for sore eyes. Total course elevation for the 50k is 4,200 feet, with the 50 miler boasting an impressive 8,400 feet of climbing and lastly, the 100k has an elevation of 10,500 feet to contend with.
Registration fees are very reasonable when you consider the rising costs of races. Remember that the 15k is sold out already, and it’s possible that the other distances will sell out as well! The cost of the 100k is $175, the 50 Miler is $130, and the 50k is $110. Ultra distances are all eligible for a ceramic SOB finisher mug and additional mugs and shirts will be available for purchase.
There will be a dinner the Friday night before with beer and wine available as well as the two hour Trails in Motion film festival. Camping in the parking lot will be welcomed and there is a pre-race breakfast included as a meal option.
The SOB is a profit organization non-benefit that will benefit non-profit organizations. Last year, the SOB contributed to Jackson County United Way for Covid and Fire Relief, and to their partner, Mt. Ashland Ski Area.
The course maps are impressive. Check them out – they really speak for themselves. The 100k starts at 5:00AM and has a field limit of 200 runners. The 50 miler, limits their field to only 75 runners and that event begins at 6:00AM. The 50k has a bigger field of 250 runners, and that race begins at 7:00AM. Check out the 15k too, as maybe you’ll do that one next year. The field limit for that one is 300 runners and that race starts at 8:30AM.
Please make note that this event is cupless, so please plan to bring a drinking vessel of some sort. You will also be provided with a collapsible cup which could come in handy at the aid stations. If you haven’t been to city of Ashland, Oregon, you definitely have to check it out either prior to or after (or both!) the event. It’s an awesome city.
So, get yourself registered ASAP and let us know how it goes!
When: Saturday, July 9th, 2022. 100k starts at 5:00AM, 50 Miler is at 6:00AM, 50k is at 7:00AM, and the 15k is at 8:30AM.
Where: Mt. Ashland Access Road, Ashland OR
Cost: 15k $45 (SOLD OUT,) 50k $110, 50 Miler $130, and 100k $175