2022 McKenzie River Trail Race Details

We are excited to be planning to return to our beloved trail this year for the 34rd annual MRTR. There will be some COVID changes, of course.

The Race

The 2022 McKenzie River Trail Run will take place June 18th, 2022 at 0700. Notice the date change for this year!

The race begins at Carmen Reservoir and runs 31 miles along the beautiful McKenzie River.


General registration for the McKenzie River Trail Race will open February 1st, 2022 and will close June 1st, 2022. The registration fee is $95. You can register 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.

Priority Registration

Priority registration runs from January 1st, 2022 – January 31st, 2022. Priority registration is available to 2021 COVID rollovers, 2021 volunteers, and 5 time finishers. If you have a priority registration and you do not confirm your registration by January 31st, your spot will be released to open registration.


A 50% refund can be issued for cancellations through May 1st. (This means if you cancel on May 2nd, you have missed the deadline). Refunds will not be issued for rollover registrations.

COVID Details

We don’t yet know how COVID will impact this year’s race, but be prepared for distancing and masking requirements, hand sanitation, touchless and cupless aid stations, and staggered starts. More 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 Tuesday, June 14th. Location to be determined.

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.


We hope to receive very soon official approval from the Forest Service for our 2022 course. Our proposal is to return to our original course, with a slight modification to avoid the damaged portion of the trail adjacent to the 2021 Knoll Fire location. We will again be starting at Carmen Reservoir and finishing at the traditional spot near the McKenzie River Ranger Station. The one modification is that we will depart from the Trail at Trailbridge Dam, and run on Forest Service roads #140 (aka #713), #2655, and #2654 to the Deer Creek aid station (this distance is about 3 miles). We then rejoin the original route. The map can be found here.

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.

2021 course maps are available here.


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.


Swag this year is your choice of a SportHill runner cap, either a black “rain dodger” or a white “sun reflector”.

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.