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Oregon > Deer Leap Half Marathon
Glide, OR



Saturday, May 16, 2009

Event Details

Featuring a course that winds along the hilly and challenging Deer Leap section of the North Umpqua River Trail in southwestern Oregon, the Deer Leap Half Marathon attracted a field of just over 80 trail runners for its second annual running in 2008, for a 13.1-mile race that unfolds along a point-to-point course that starts at Toketee Lake near Andrew Wiley Park and finishes in the Illahee Flats area to the east of Glide and a short drive north from Oregon's majestic Crater Lake National Park.

The race follows an east-to-west route through the hills and creeks and along the trails that run roughly parallel to the North Umpqua River. From the starting line at Toketee Lake, runners follow the course first westward and then somewhat southward along the trail, passing by the green pools formed by the rushing Toketee Falls and later across two wooden span bridges, across Slide Creek and Medicine Creek, at about the race's half-way point.

From there, the course stays close to the river and Highway 138, finally turning away from the river at Dark Canyon and into the open, grassy meadows of Illahee Flats, once a gathering spot for the Native American tribes that long ago lived in the area. The final couple of miles feature a steep climb toward the finish, which some past runners have described as "very difficult," but add that the scenery along the way makes the challenging nature of the course worthwhile.

Along with the often steep hills and narrow trails, this race features significant changes in elevation -- from the starting line elevation of about 2,400 feet above sea level, the race peaks at about 2,500 feet before finishing at an elevation of just above 1,500 feet above sea level. And there's plenty of what you'd expect in any trail race, including rocks, tree roots across the trail, loose and sometimes slippery natural surfaces, and pine needles and pine cones fallen from the trees far overhead.

And while the race is a trail half marathon, at just over 14 miles from beginning to end, it's slightly longer than advertised -- the race includes a 9.6-mile segment of the Deer Leap Trail as well as a 4.1-mile section of the Jesse Wright Trail along the river. Shuttle buses are provided to ferry runners from the finish line area at Illahee Flats to the starting line, and leave at 8:45 AM for the race starting time of 9:30 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in Oregon's southwestern corner, just over a three-hour drive south from Portland, the small town of Glide typically experiences mild to cool (and sometimes cold) weather conditions in the early spring, with relatively heavy precipitation (both rain and snow). In April, average monthly temperatures range between 63°F and 38°F, while precipitation totals average around 5.29 inches for the month.


$45 for online registration
$50 for mail-in registration


Registration for the spring 2009 running of Oregon's Deer Leap Half Marathon is now closed, as the event has completed. Please check back for updated information on how to sign up for the 2010 running of the race.



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