The Best Fest: Frozen Trail Run Fest (Eugene)

A trail run is essential a hike, which is essentially a walk in the park, right? If you go into Frozen Trail Runfest with this attitude, you may find yourself sorely surprised.

The event, which includes a 5k, 15k, 25k and 50k, will be the final event in the Run Big Trail Series. Held at Buford Park at Mount Pisgah, each distance combines loops of varying sizes, but all start and end at the horse arena staging area, to the north of the northern trailhead. As for why this is no walk in the park, the courses for all races (including the 5k), are described as “very challenging” with portions going straight up the mountain.

  • The 50K is comprised of 4 loops, each gaining between 800 and 1000 feet of elevation.
  • The 25K is comprised of 2 loops, each gaining between 800 and 1000 feet of elevation.
  • The 15K is comprised of one loop, climbing 900 feet of elevation.

The 50k has a time limit of 8 hours, and all other courses will close at 4:00 p.m. Course conditions will range from muddy and flat to well maintained and steep. Aid stations will have water, GU, snacks, and first aid supplies, but on a course this challenging, you may want to bring your own just in case.

The Frozen Trail Runfest is technical, challenging, and physically demanding. This ain’t no fun run, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a blast. Train hard. The race IS the reward.

Frozen Trail Runfest


Where: Howard Buford Park, Mt Pisgah – Eugene, Oregon

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023

  • 8am – 50K
  • 9am – 25K
  • 9:15am – 5K
  • 9:30am – 15K


  • 5k – $30
  • 15k – $45
  • 25k – $55
  • 50k – $75
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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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