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    We’ve gone Virtual for 2020!

    We have researched and worked through many options in an attempt to hold the MRTR as planned, but are unable to come up with a safe solution to holding the race in a traditional fashion this year. We must consider the health and safety of our runners, volunteers, and the Upriver community. In addition, the USFS has not changed their plans to keep the forest closed through September. Therefore, we have decided to hold a Virtual Race instead. All registered runners will have the option to run 31 miles in a COVID safe fashion and submit evidence of their run for a virtual finish. See the Race Details page for…

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    COVID-19 Update

    Hello friends, The current status of our world is uncertain due to the COVID-19 virus, but we with the MRTR want to communicate that we will do everything in our power to stage this year’s race.  The US Forest Service has recently closed most trailheads in the local National Forests until September 30th, or until furthur noctice.  We are hopeful that the trails will be able to open prior to that date. In the event that the Trail is not available on September 12th, we will look to postpone, possibly  into October. In addition, we will be looking at other alternatives, such as a virtual race.  Naturally, we will communicate…

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    2019 Shuttle Update

    PLEASE READ THE DETAILS. NO DRIVING TO THE START THIS YEAR. We have been diligently working with the Forest Service and the McKenzie High School athletics department to come up with a solution to the closed road at Carmen Reservoir, the access to the start of the race as well as the Carmen Aid Station. YOU MUST TAKE SHUTTLE TO THE START OF THE RACE. SHUTTLE LEAVES FROM MCKENZIE RIVER TRACK ONLY. As many of you know, the highway at the Carmen access road is a very dangerous spot to be turning or stopping. For the safety of everyone, we cannot allow stopping, parking, or people to be dropped off…

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    McKenzie River Trail Run is now a non-profit organization!

    McKenzie River Trail Run is now an Oregon non-profit organization filing for federal tax exempt status!  We are excited to formalize our status as an organization dedicated to supporting organizations in the Upper McKenzie Community. We are also now accepting sponsors at a variety of levels. Contact the race directors at [email protected] for more information!  Also, check out our new video at:   https://youtu.be/ubdypigxaUY  

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    Celebrating 32 Years

    Much like the past few years, the first trail run was plagued by wildfires and officially canceled by the Forest Service. However, 5 friends (behaving like typical Ultra Runners) decided to run the course anyway and thus began the oldest continuously run ultra marathon in Oregon. For a period of time the run boasted 50 miles to Paradise, ending at the Paradise campground. It later realized that no one wanted to go to Paradise and the run was shortened to 50K.