Volunteers

This race is possible only because of numerous volunteers who give up their day to make the magic happen for the runners. We appreciate and are grateful for each of them.
Remember to thank them when you are on the course.

Partner Organizations

We greatly appreciate the organizations who partner with us to provide time and expertise to make this race happen safely and smoothly. We are proud to be able to support their essential efforts in the community thanks to the generousity of our runners.
Check out our Facebook page for annual updates and details!

Eugene Mountain Rescue

Eugene Mountain Rescue is affiliated with the Lane County Search & Rescue Team, and its volunteers specialize in finding and rescuing people lost and/or injured in the more mountainous regions of Lane County.   EMR annually operates one of the five aid stations located along the MRTR course on race day.

Lane County Search and Rescue Amateur Radio Operators (LCSARO)

LCSARO is affiliated with the Lane County Search and Rescue Team. These volunteers provide auxiliary and emergency communications to support the Lane County Sherriff and Search and Rescue. They annually provide radio communication along the course (where there is no cell service) and help to keep runners safe by tracking their progress along the course.

McKenzie High School Bus Drivers

McKenzie High School bus drivers generously volunteer their time to provide shuttle services to the start line.

McKenzie Community Track

McKenzie Community Track is an independent NCAA certified track and field facility located in Blue River, Oregon. They have generously hosted us for our pre and post run events, camping, and general shenanigans.

Row River Volunteer Fire Department

The dedicated volunteers of the Row River Volunteer Fire Department provide mutual aid to their sister watershed by volunteering at the aid stations and finish line. We appreciate their time and expertise!

Team Red, White, and Blue

Team RWB is a non-profit health and wellness organization for our veterans. Our local Eugene/Springfield chapter annually supports the run by operating one of the five aid stations along the course and some of their members are also registered to run!

Samba Ja

Eugene’s 15+ member Brazilian percussion ensemble since 2001! Providing runner encouragement along the MRTR course since 2021. Listen for the drums!

The Race Directors especially thank the following:

Our families and friends who graciously tolerated and supported our passion for making this event happen. We know this monumental feat could not have happened without your patience.

Donation Recipients

Each year we donate all the proceeds of the event to selected Upper McKenzie River community organizations.
Organizations are selected based on their impact on the community, need, and their alignment with our mission. We coordinate with each organization to ensure our  donations either go to a specific fund or project or we deliver an item(s) or service. For example, in 2018 we purchased and delivered new freezers and storage shelves for the Upper McKenzie food pantry, and they are still in use today.

McKenzie River Trust

Annually - Funds to support McKenzie River restoration at Finn Rock

O'Brien Memorial Library

2023 - Provided funds towards the re-built library.

McKenzie Valley Wellness

2023 - Provided funds towards furnishing the re-built primary care health clinic. Our funds had a matching donor, doubling our impact!

McKenzie High School

Annually - Funds to support the McKenzie High School Cross Country team and in 2023 the Business Entrepreneurs program

McKenzie Community Track

2023 - Provided funds towards new pole vault equipment.