Crater Lake Rim Runs
10 August 2019
The gloriously blue waters of Crater Lake reflect surrounding mountain peaks like a giant dark-blue mirror, making for spectacular photographs and breathtaking panoramas. Crater Lake is Oregon's only national park and also the USA's deepest lake at 1943ft deep.The park's popular south entrance is open year-round and provides access to Rim Village and Mazama Village, as well as the park headquarters at the Steel Visitors Center. In winter you can only go up to the lake's rim and back down the same way; no other roads are plowed. The north entrance is only open from early June to late October, depending on snowfall.With that being said, the Crater Lake Rim Run is the place to be!!Filled with rugged Pacific Northwest mountain terrain that encircles one of the country’s most majestic and beautiful lakes, Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is the home of the annual running of the Crater Lake Rim Runs Marathon, Half Marathon & 6.7-Mile Run/Walk, which takes participants around the rim of Crater Lake at altitudes ranging from 5,980 to 7,850 feet above sea level.This challenging, high-elevation run promises breathtaking views along with a relatively small and intimate race field size, as the event is limited to 500 entrants for all three races combined.
The race starts at the area of the park known as The Watchman, and follows a route around the north rim of the park, passing by and through areas, rocks and peaks including Hillman Peak, North Junction, Cleetwood Cove, Mazama Rock (which overlooks Rugged Crest on the northeast stretch of the rim), Round Top, Wineglass and finishes roughly a mile away from the rim overlooking the lake, at the area known as Scotts Bluff.The early stretches of the race feature climbs of roughly 50 feet around Hillman followed by drops of nearly 400 feet by the time runners reach North Junction, as well as big climbs near the end of the race, where the route climbs 400 feet around Skull Head and just over 530 feet toward the finish at Scotts Bluff.While these hills, drops and climbs in elevation are often daunting, past runners who’ve taken part in the race say that the scenery more than takes their mind off the pain. At 1,943 feet in depth, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is filled with crystal-blue water thanks to runoff from the heavy snows and rains it receives from October through June every year.It’s also unlike any other natural scenery you’ll find anywhere else in the country, as it was carved roughly 7,700 years ago by the collapse of Mount Mazama, which once stood 12,000 feet high in this area and collapsed in a violent eruption of the caldera volcano underneath.
Electrolytes, water and sponges will be available approximately every two miles beginning at 3.0 miles. Watermelon, pop & bagels will be available at the finish areas as well. There will be a medical team at Cleetwood Cove (finish of 6.7 mile). There will also be a medical team trailing the runs. Emergency medical and communications will be available at each aid station.
Participants must be at least 10 years of age for the 6.7 mile run or walk, 16 years of age for the 13.0 mile run and 18 years of age for the marathon.
Male and female overall event winners will be presented with engraved tankards. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and shirt. ALL AWARDS, MEDALS AND SHIRTS MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE CONCLUSION OF YOUR RACE. AWARDS, ETC. WILL NOT BE MAILED.
Please be aware of the following official closing times for the three courses. (6.7 Run - 9:30am) (6.7 Walk - 10:00am) (13.0 Run - 10:00am) (26.2 Run - 1:00pm) Walkers will be limited to the 6.7 mile event only - please, no exceptions.
Buses will provide transportation to the start line and back from finish lines as follows: Loading area for those staying in the Mazama Motor Motel or Campground will be in the Mazama Village parking area. Loading area for those driving in on race day will be at the Rim Village parking area. Those staying at the Lodge will walk to the bus loading area in the Rim Village parking area.