Hell Yeah – 10 Years of the Hell of the Northwest Trail Relay

Welcome to the 10th year of the Hell of the Northwest Trail Relay! There are several running options for this gorgeous trail run through Alsea Falls. If running solo is your thing, there’s a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 10k. Or if you want to make it especially epic, run the relay with 2, 3, or 4 people. And since this race is being held in October (October 22nd to be exact,) this is a great race to run in costume. There will be a costume contest and new trail runners are not only welcome, but encouraged!

A custom pair of Hell of the Northwest trail socks will be included in your registration (limited to the first 200 runners who sign up early.) You will also be treated to food and beverages after the event and the chance to win a free entry to all Oregon Trail Run events in 2023. Additionally, there is the costume contest, so this should be quite a party.

The Oregon Coast Range is a gorgeous spot for a run, and the half marathon will lead you through a trail with close to 1900 ft of vertical climbing on your loop. The 10k will only take you through some of the “Hell” in the race title, with 960 ft of total elevation gain. The map can be found on the website, so do your homework beforehand .. Or don’t, if you’re like me.

If you choose to do the relay, your team can choose between the half or the full distance. The half distance max is 2 runners, but you can have up to 4 runners for the full.  One of your teammates will need to sign up individually and create the team, so think of a team name and go for it! Your splits will be tracked and everyone gets to celebrate at a post-event celebration, which could be at Long Timber Brewing in Monroe this year. Stay tuned on that!

So start your Halloween party early and register for this race!!


What: 2022 Hell of the Northwest Trail Relay/Marathon/Half Marathon/10k

When: October 22nd, 2022. Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10k start at 10:00AM. Trail Relay starts at 10:10/10:15AM

Where: Alsea Falls Recreation Area (Parking available at Fall Creek Trailhead.)

Cost: $80 for marathon, $65 for Half Marathon, $55 for 10k. Relay is $65 per person. Price goes up $5 after September 30th. (Use coupon code “costume” for $5 off or 25% off for 18 and under with the code “junior.”)

Register: Here

Packet Pick-Up: After 8:15AM day of race at the Fall Creek Trailhead at Alsea Falls.

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.