Race Details

Race Details

The 2019 race will be the 32nd annual running of the McKenzie River Trail Run, making it Oregon’s oldest continuous ultra run. Net proceeds from the race are used to support the McKenzie Bridge area non profits. Our intent is to support local businesses and products as much as possible. Keep an eye out for local logos. The event is operated by McKenzie River Trail Run under a special use permit from the Willamette National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.

Start Time

September 7, 2019 at 7:00 AM. No early start.

Packet Pick Up

  • Tuesday September 3rd, 6 PM to 8 PM at the Public House Hub in Springfield. 418 A Street, Springfield, Oregon
  • Friday September 6th, 430 PM to 830 PM at the McKenzie Community Track in Blue River. 51326 Blue River Dr, Blue River
  • Saturday September 7th, 430 AM to 545 AM at the shuttle pick up site at McKenzie Community Track in Blue River


Point to point 50K on the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. The run begins at Carmen Reservoir off Hwy 126, just below Koosah Falls and Icecap Camp Ground. The runners go upriver past the falls and around Clear Lake before returning down the length of the trail to the finish across the road from McKenzie Ranger Station.


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2019 Shuttle & Parking:

  • The shuttle is free this year, but tipping the driver as a donation to the McKenzie High Cross Country is always welcome.
  • No parking will be allowed at the start line at Carmen Reservoir.
  • Parking at the Finish at the Ranger Station is limited and for spectators only in the area designated by pink MRTR Parking signs. No parking on the south side of Highway 126 at the Ranger Station (the same side as the Station), and parking on the north side of Highway 126 (opposite the Ranger Station) is at your own risk. Obey all directional signs and lanes at the Ranger Station facility, including entrance and exit signs.
  • Shuttles to the start will leave the McKenzie Community Track starting at 5 AM on race day; the last shuttle will leave promptly at 6 AM. Runners are required to ride the shuttle. All runners who do not ride the shuttle will receive a DNS. The shuttle WILL NOT stop at the Ranger Station on the way to the start line. Please contact racedirector.mrtr@gmail.com with any questions.
  • There will be a shuttle from the Ranger Station (finish line) back to the McKenzie Community Track, leaving the Ranger Station every 30 minutes starting at 11 AM.
  • There is no shuttle from the finish line to the start.


Cutoff Mile Time of Day Race Time Pace from start Pace from last aid station
Carmen Reservoir, Aid Station #2 11.2 9:50 AM 2:50 15:10 This is for your reference only. No cut off at this aid station
Trail Bridge, Aid Station #3 16.7 11:15 AM 4:15 15:16 15:27
Deer Creek, Aid Station #4 21.8 12:35 PM 5:35 15:22 15:40
Buck Bridge, Aid Station #5 25.1 1:30 PM 6:30 15:30 16:45
Finish 31.1 No formal cut off time. Runners who met the 1:30 PM cut off at mile 25.1 will be allowed to finish, provided (at the Race Directors’ discretion) they are making reasonable progress toward the finish consistent with their pace up to mile 25.1.

Aid Stations

There are 5 aid stations, located every 4-6 miles. They will offer water, an Electrolyte Brew and typical aid station food. See course map for aid station locations.

Drop Bags

Runners can deposit drop bags at the designated area at the shuttle pick up for delivery to:

  • Trail Bridge Reservoir at mile 16.7. Trail Bridge drop bags will be delivered to the McKenzie Community Track after the last runner passes through at approximately noon.

Warm-up clothes may be left at the start. They will be transported back to the McKenzie Community Track.


Awards go to open male and female overall winner and top male and female in each age group. Age groups are 29 and under, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, and 60-69, and 70 and over. Open winners not eligible for age group awards; therefore there will not be an age group award for the age group of the open winner.

Entry: $95

  • Registration opens midnight April 1 and closes at 11:59 April 7 and will be available online at 
  • The lottery will be held the week following registration.
  • The registration fee now includes the shuttle to the start and from the finish. Registration opens at midnight on April 1 and closes at 11:59 pm on April 7. The lottery will be held the following week.
  • People who qualify for bypassing the lottery this year must still register during the window and pay the registration fee.
  • No entry transfers and no entry carry-forwards to next year. If race is cancelled due to fire or other circumstances beyond our control, entry fees will not be refunded.
  • Entry fee includes aid, post-race lunch, shuttle, and TBD race apparel or finisher item. Registered runners must be present at packet pickup to receive race apparel or other race swag; items will not be mailed.
  • 50K field limited to 200; if the race oversells by April 7, entries will be determined by lottery. A lottery has been necessary the past 6 years.
  • Buddy Entry: If you wish to have your lottery entry tied to someone else (so either you both get in or neither of you do) both individuals must list the buddy’s name on the entry form.

Additional details, including a course map, can be found on this site, or contact racedirector.mrtr@gmail.com with questions not answered on the site. Updates will be posted on this site and our Facebook page.