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.


Registration is a “waitlist” until we have confirmed the details of our permit from the USFS. We
hope to have those in late spring.

As soon as we have confirmation, we will invite people from the waitlist to register. All runners
who rolled over or participated in the virtual run in 2020 will be registered, and all additional
runners up to our permitted capacity. In years past, this was 200 runners.

Your credit card will not be charged until you accept the waitlist invitation. We will announce the
opening and start sending invites; you will be given a generous (though yet undetermined)
deadline by which to respond.

COVID Details

We are working on developing COVID protocols to keep everyone safe. Expect distancing and
masking requirements, hand sanitation, touchless and cupless aid stations, screenings for
COVID symptoms and exposures, 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

We will host packet pick up for local runners the Tuesday before the race (September 7th) in

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.


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.

Entry: $95

  • Registration opens midnight February 1 and closes at 11:59 September 7 (Labor Day) and is available online at 
  • There is no lottery this year. Registration is first come, first served, with a wait list.
  • Runners who qualified to bypass the lottery (i.e. volunteered in 2019) will have the opportunity to register during the full month of February with guaranteed entry if registered before 11:59 on February 29th, at which time all unclaimed “reserved” spots will be open for all runners. Volunteers who register on March 1st or after will be on the same wait list as all runners.
  • The registration fee now includes the shuttle to the start and from the finish.
  • 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 and a special release of Alesong barrel aged beer. 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. Wait listed runners will be notified when a spot opens up in the order they registered. If you are wait listed your entry fee will not be charged until you are registered.


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.