Siskiyou Hospitality

July finds the Oregon Trail Series heading South for a little Siskiyou Hospitality! The 14th Annual Siskiyou Out and Back Trail Runs will take place just outside of Ashland, Oregon. 650 anticipated participants ensure the starting line expresso cart should be plenty busy on race morning. All 3 runs begin and end at the Mt. Ashland Lodge.

150 plus hours of trail work was put in by over 20 volunteers to ensure the trails were ready for race day. (photo courtesty of SOB)

Runners will get to enjoy running along the Pacific Crest Trail with stunning views of Mt. Shasta, Mt McLaughlin, and the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges. For those of you who like to get up and down, the total course elevation for the 50K is about 4200 feet. The new 50 mile will feature about 7000 feet of climbing and include some of the best single track the State of Jefferson has to offer. The 50K event is the 4th race in the 2012 Oregon Trail Series. The 50 Mile event will start at 6am, with the 50K following at 7am, and the 15K at 8:30.

SOB organized several training runs in anticipation of this years events. (photo courtesy of SOB)

Here’s a few additional race day details from the RD’s…
“T-shirt pick-up will be at Rogue Valley Runners, in Ashland, on Friday, July 13th from 3pm-6pm. They will also be available race morning. If you can’t make the race, please be sure to have someone pick up your shirt and/or mug if you bought one. We will not be in a position to mail them. If they are not picked up by noon of race day, we will sell them to people at the race. Know that the monies support the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

We’ve changed the food this year by hiring Fulcrum Dining out of the Applegate Valley, who specialize in locally sourced foods. You will have a choice of the following sandwiches:
· Pulled pork in Malaysian-spiced sauce,
· Braised brisket and kale topped with cheese
· Hummus with veggies

All will be served with a salad consisting of quinoa with zucchini, pickled Walla Walla onions, carrots and a white wine vinaigrette.

Fulcrum will also be there to offer food to spectators/crew of the runner. Their selection will consist of something similar to the following:
· Thai Sloppy Joe on cabbage $7
· Pork or potato and black bean tacos 2 for $5
· Chicken, blueberry, feta, and basil salad sandwich $8
· Three bean salad $4

As in the last two years, we will have an espresso cart starting to serve at 5am. For campers, please note loud music will also be served starting then. There is plenty of camping spots near the start/finish. When you come up Friday just don’t be within sight of the big tent. Just keep going past the parking lot for the best location. First Endurance will be providing their drink, EFS Drink, and EFS Liquid Shot. The SOB race directors use their product and it will be at all aid stations. We will supply all 50K/50M runners with a 5oz. flask of Liquid Shot at the beginning of the race. You will be able to refill the flask at any of our aid stations. You can try their product before the race at a 20% discount via their website. Use the coupon code run100 at checkout. EFS is also providing their recovery drink, Ultragen, for your post race enjoyment.

As a reminder, drop bags for the 50 Miler will be found at Jackson Gap (miles 19 and 34). 50K runners will find them at Siskiyou Gap (miles 12 and 26). Please be sure you place your drop bag in the appropriate location.

We will also be having a get together on Sunday after the race around 1pm. It will involve a keg of Southern Oregon Brewing Company’s finest. We’re trying to confirm the details, but mark your calendar.

Good Luck to everyone this weekend! We’ll see you at the Mt. Hood 50 Mile in two weeks.

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