History

Where did the Oregon Trail Series come from?

The year was 1999. Melissa Berman suggested to Clem LaCava, Phil Vaughn, and Marilyn Bailey after The McKenzie River Trail Run, according to reliable sources, that the Oregon trail races might be organized as a trail series. Other race directors in the group thought it was a good idea. Clem talked with directors from other trail series, and settled on the current scoring method.

By the next spring, Stephan Willow had created the web page, and the Oregon Trail Series was born. In that first year, there were five races: Jack Frost, McDonald Forest, Siskiyou Out Back, PCT 50/50 and the McKenzie River Trail Run. Justin Soares edged out a narrow win over John Pearch in the men’s race that year, and Linda Samet won the women’s race. Artwork for a logo was created by Jeff Browning.

During the years between 2000 and 2005 new races were continually added to the series and a couple went away.  From 2005 to 2011 the roster of races remained constant at seven.  In 2012 the series added Flagline 50K, a two-year race that served as the USATF 50K Trail championship in 2010 and 2011, and Hal Koerner’s Pine to Palm 100 Mile Endurance Run, the first and only 100 miler in the series.

In 2005, Ed Willson (OD) registered OregonTrailSeries.org. In 2007, Julie Schulte donated design work.  In late 2011 we moved the site to the wordpress platform for easier management of content and for an integrated blogging platform.

Overall Winners since inception

2013
Men: Gerad Dean
Women: Kathleen Birkholz
Master’s Men: Dan Olmstead
Master’s Women: Kathleen Birkholz
Short Course Men: Aaron Ray
Short Course Women: Becka Kem
Number of finishers: 272

2012
Men: Gerad Dean
Women: Jennifer Benna
Master’s Men: Larry Stephens
Master’s Women: Ronda Sundermeier
Short Course Men: Rick Kneedler
Short Course Women: Emily Kalenius
Number of finishers: 229

2011
Men: Nick Triolo
Women: Denise Bourassa
Master’s Men: Larry Stephens
Master’s Women: Denise Bourassa
Number of finishers: 204

2010

Men: Joe Kleffner
Women: Erin Perkin
Master’s Men: Mike Burke
Master’s Women: Kamm Prongay
Number of finishers: 167

2009
Men: Lanny Gower
Women: Pam Smith
Master’s Men: Lanny Gower
Master’s Women: Cheri Redwine
Number of finishers: 157

2008
Men: William Swint
Women: Caroline Klug
Master’s Men: Kelly Woodke
Master’s Women: Linda Samet
Number of Finishers: 171

2007
Men: Mike Burke
Women: Linda Samet
Master’s Men: Mike Burke
Master’s Women: Linda Samet
Number of Finishers: 166

2006
Men: John Price
Women: Penny McDermott
Master’s Men: John Price
Master’s Women: Caroline Klug
Number of Finishers: 163

2005
Men: Jeff Riley
Women: Kami Semick
Master’s Men: Ed Willson
Master’s Women: Anna Bates
Number of Finishers: 151

2004
Men: Tim Turk
Women: Ronda Sundermeier
Master’s Men: William Emerson
Master’s Women: Anna Bates
Number of Finishers: 146

2003
Men: Kelly Woodke
Women: Theresa Schut
Master’s Men: Eb Engelmann
Master’s Women: Stacey Bunton
Number of Finishers: 99

2002
Men: Steve Smucker
Women: Ronda Sundermeier
Master’s Men: Steve Smucker
Master’s Women: Liz Kellogg
Number of Finishers: 110

2001
Men: Stan Holman
Women: Linda Samet
Master’s Men: Kris Krichko
Master’s Women: Kyly McMurray
Number of Finishers: 84

2000
Men: Justin Soares
Women: Linda Samet
Master’s Men: Steve Smucker
Master’s Women: Rebecca Wallick
Number of Finishers: 96

Races Included in each year

2013: Hagg Lake 50k, Gorge Waterfalls 50k,  Peterson Ridge 40m, McDonald Forest 50k, Siskiyou Out Back 50k /  50m, PCT 50m, Waldo 100k, McKenzie 50k, Pine to Palm 100m, Flagline 50k.

2012: Hagg Lake, Peterson Ridge, McDonald Forest, Siskiyou Out Back, PCT 50, Waldo, McKenzie, Pine to Palm, Flagline.

2005-2011: Hagg Lake, Peterson Ridge, McDonald Forest, Siskiyou Out Back, PCT 50/50, Where’s Waldo and McKenzie.

2004: Hagg Lake, McDonald Forest, Peterson Ridge (new), Winterhawk, Siskiyou Out Back, PCT 50/50, Where’s Waldo and McKenzie.

2003: Hagg Lake, McDonald Forest, Winterhawk, Siskiyou Out Back, PCT 50/50, Where’s Waldo and McKenzie.

2002: Hagg Lake, McDonald Forest, Winterhawk (new), Siskiyou Out Back, PCT 50/50, Where’s Waldo (new), McKenzie.

2001: Hagg Lake (new), McDonald Forest, Bend Distillery(new), Siskiyou Out Back, PCT 50/50 and McKenzie.

2000: Jack Frost, McDonald Forest, Siskiyou Out Back, PCT 50/50 and McKenzie.