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The Magic is in the Mud: Previewing the Hagg Lake Mud Runs – Ultra 50K & 25K

If the weather outside is frightful, that means Hagg Lake Mud Runs will be all the mode delightful. Or at least mud-full.

ORRC’s Hagg Mud is a challenging race that brings in runners from throughout the region for the 25K, 25K+, 50K, and double options. While participants get lots of distance choices, the mud will be there for everyone. And so will the fully stocked aid stations and celebratory beer and hot lunch after the finish line.

Hagg Mud has been an Oregon racing staple since 2001 and this year brings new race directors who are excited to honor the traditions and expand to grand new heights. For example, participation registration and finisher awards will include a non-binary gender category for the results. And as a cupless event, the environment (on the trails and in the world) will be protected for future generations of runners.

“A fantastic event for the first time trail runner as well as the experienced trail vet, Hagg Mud offer an old school ultra-experience with all of the perks of the newest races. Enjoy fully stocked aid stations, a well-marked course, heated changing tents, finishers swag, and hot lunch with celebratory beer when you finish.”

There are cutoff times for the various events so participants need to keep their running pace in mind before signing up. The 25K and 50K have a 17:10 min/mile pace requirement, while the 25K+ is much more flexible at 31 min/mile. Those who want to take on the double (signing up for a Saturday and Sunday race) will earn that growler at the finish, and have lots of muddy stories to brag about all week long.

One more piece to highlight is about the Trail Mix Fund. This not-for-profit supports the inclusion of under-served and under-represented populations in trail running through race fee sponsorship.

“One of the things we strive for is to create inclusion and equality in the running community. As much as we want to say that all you need to run is a pair of shoes, we know the reality is much more complex.”

Learn more details on their website for how to donate or how to apply. The running community is a good place and should be growing to include every person and every pace.

Hagg Lake Mud Runs – Ultra 50K & 25K (Henry Hagg Lake, OR)
  • When: 50K and 25K+ on Saturday, February 18 at 7am. 25K on Sunday, February 19 at 9am.
  • Where: Henry Hagg Lake (Boat Ramp C parking area; 97119)
  • Register: Online
  • Packet Pick-Up: Race Day
  • Cost: 25K for $85. 50K for $125. “Baby” Double for $140. Double for $155. Parking passes are included in the registration fee.
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