McKenzie River Trail Race Details, 2021

We are excited to be planning to return to our beloved trail this year for the 33rd annual MRTR. There will be some COVID changes, of course.


We received our permit in April and all runners on the waitlist at that time have had the opportunity to respond to invitations to register. Registration is full. As spots open up we will continue to invite runners from the waitlist to register up until Wednesday, September 8th. Waitlist invitations sent before September 1st will have 3 days to respond; waitlist invitations sent after September 1st will have 2 days to respond.

Registration fee is $95.

Register for the waitlist via UltraSignup.

Your credit card will not be charged until you accept the invitation to complete your registration. Please update UltraSignup with any changes to your credit card information.

A 50% refund can be issued for cancellations through July 31st. (This means if you cancel on August 1st, you have missed the deadline).

COVID Details

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. Also be prepared for distancing and masking requirements, hand sanitation, touchless and cupless aid stations, and staggered starts.

These details will come as we approach race day and will conform to the most current local restrictions.

Spectators are not permitted at the start. Spectators on the course will be determined one week prior by the local restrictions due to COVID.

Packet Pick-Up

Local pre-race packet pick up will be at the Alesong Tasting Room at 5th Street Public Market on Tuesday, September 7th, 5pm to 7pm. Alesong will donate a portion of their profits from the entire month of September to the McKenzie River Trust.

Friday before the race and Saturday morning packet pick up will be at the McKenzie Community Track and Field in Blue River.

There will be no packet pick up at the start line.


Shuttling to the start is currently required due to the road closure to the start line at Carmen Reservoir. The Shuttles will leave the McKenzie Community Track early early on Saturday morning. The exact time is yet to be determined, expect it to be about 0530.

There will be return shuttles from the finish line to the Track.

Race Day & Start

Race Day is Saturday, September 11th. Start time is 7 am at the Carmen Reservoir.


Thanks to our sponsor MPTX, Samba Ja will be on the course!

There will be aid every 4-6 miles. Expect an electrolyte drink and water, poured into your cup, bottle, or bladder by a masked volunteer, a variety of sodas (ginger ale, coca cola, etc), gels, and other individually wrapped ultra snacks. Bring your own cup. Cups are not provided at the aid stations.

Drop bags will be transported from the McKenzie Community Track to the Trailbridge aid station and back to the Track.

You can leave warm ups at the start line for transport back to the McKenzie Community Track. The finish line is on the course across from the Ranger Station. There will be no drop bags at the finish line.

There are two timed cut offs – Trailbridge (aid 3) and Buck Bridge (aid 5). To respect our volunteers’ time and for your safety, we need to keep this race to 8 hours from start to finish.


CutoffMileTime of DayRace TimePace from startPace from last aid station
Carmen Reservoir, Aid Station #211.29:50 AM2:5015:10This is for your reference only. No cut off at this aid station
Trail Bridge, Aid Station #316.711:15 AM4:1515:1615:27
Deer Creek, Aid Station #421.812:35 PM5:3515:22This is for your reference only. No cut off at this aid station
Buck Bridge, Aid Station #525.11:30 PM6:3015:3016:45
Finish31.1No 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.


This year we are providing you with a pair of running shorts (men’s) or running skort (women’s) from SportHill, an incredible milk stout courtesy of Alesong, and food at the Track after your run.

Before & After

In addition to the wonderful camping and accommodations around the area, we do permit free
tent and car camping at the McKenzie Community Track on a first come, first served basis. Email us for details.

Additional details, including a course map, can be found on this site, or contact [email protected] with questions not answered on the site. Updates will be posted on this site and our Facebook page.