COVID-19 & Route Updates (9/7/2021):
We have had to overcome some challenges for this year’s race. If you are registered and have not received any communication regarding this, please contact us at: [email protected].
First, we are requiring either proof of COVID vaccination completed before 8/21/21 or a negative COVID test collected after 7am on Wednesday 9/8/21 in order to run this year. This change is due to the requirement of a long shuttle ride and the COVID surge. We will also be screening for COVID symptoms and exposures at check in on race morning and will exclude anyone who has symptoms of COVID. This is for the safety of our runners and our volunteers.
Second, a fire burned up a significant stretch of the lower portion of the course, forcing us to create a modified course on the upper section. We have created a course that consists of three out and backs with the start and finish at Carmen reservoir. The first loop goes up to the Santiam aid station and back through Carmen, the second loop is an out and back to Blue Pool, and the third loop is a slightly shorter version of the first loop; up around Clear Lake again. Spectators and private vehicles (not associated with putting on the race) are restricted from accessing Carmen. See the course maps page for an updated map.
Welcome to the home of the McKenzie River Trail Run, Oregon’s oldest ultramarathon, run annually since 1988. Tracing a route along the beautiful McKenzie River: with two spectacular waterfalls, a lake so pristine it’s called Clear Lake, lava flows, old growth forest, numerous log bridges and the aquamarine-colored Tamolitch pool where the the river flows from an underground lava tube, the McKenzie River Trail is one of the prettiest trails in America. The race offers runners a technically challenging course with only moderate elevation gains and the inspiration of some of Oregon’s most breathtaking scenery.
The McKenzie River Trail Run is a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting a fun and challenging environmentally-conscious trail running experience and supporting the Upper McKenzie community and local businesses. This is a trail run hosted by the community, for the community.
We will strive every year to:
- Put on one of the world’s most beautiful ultra-marathons
- Support the local community by donating all net proceeds to the non-profit organizations of the McKenzie River Valley and by giving our business to local businesses as much possible
- Find the most friendly, enthusiastic and helpful volunteers of any trail race, and let them do their thing
- Help our runners have fun running down a scenic trail while dodging roots, lava, and interesting critters
- Find all our runners by the end of the day
The event is operated by McKenzie River Trail Run under a special use permit from the Willamette National Forest. McKenzie River Trail Run is an equal opportunity provider.