Monkey Face Half Marathon & 7-Mile

Saturday, September 21, 2019 • Terrebonne, OR • Course Map

At first glance, a race named the Monkey Face Half Marathon might seem strange, but when you understand where the name comes from it makes perfect sense. The “Monkey Face,” a 350-ft.-high rock pillar in Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park, is known as one of the world’s toughest rock climbs and draws climbers from all over, and really does look like a monkey when you view it from the right angle.

Runners will start the out-and-back course for the race in Smith Rock State Park, a 641-acre park in the high desert country of central Oregon that’s known as one of the best places in the world for rock climbing.

The Monkey Face, in fact, is one of the world’s toughest climbs, thanks to the bulges near its summit that make climbing all the way to the top extremely difficult.

This year’s running will be run entirely on the trails within the Smith Rock State Park trail system. Organizers say the route will feature “incredible views,” as well as some very challenging hills, as runners will climb more than 900 feet in elevation between the starting line and the 2nd mile marker.

You’ll make two counter-clockwise loops around the park’s trails, which include the Wolf Tree Trail, Burma Road Trail, River Trail and Rim Rock Trail. many of which unfold along the winding Crooked River.

Runners also can expect to pass four aid stations out on the half marathon route, as well as a bathroom facility near the park’s helicopter landing pad. You’ll get your best views of the Monkey Face between miles 4 and 5, and again between miles 10 and 11.

The Monkey Face in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon. (Photo by Alex McLane/flickr)

The Monkey Face in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon. (Photo by Alex McLane/Wikimedia)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central Oregon, just over 20 miles north of Bend and roughly 140 miles southeast of Portland, Terrebonne typically sees September temperatures between 39ºF and 74ºF, while rainfall is rare, averaging about half an inch for the month.

  • Sep. 21 average high temp: 72ºF
  • Sep. 21 average low temp: 37ºF

Course Map

See the Monkey Face Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon
  • 10:00 AM – 7-mile

Course Time Limit

4 hours


  • $55 – $65 for the half marathon
  • $40 – $50 for the 7-mile


To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Terrebonne’s Monkey Face Half Marathon or 7-mile race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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3 comments… add one
  • Roberta Shirley August 8, 2018, 5:35 pm

    Hi Piper, I am a walker and may sign up for the 7 miler, not sure. Wondering if it is just for runners. If so, I will for sure sign up for the 4 mile walk. I am working on doing a walking event every month this year and I haven’t done August yet and really want to participate in the event. I volunteered two or three years ago with Redmond Oregon Running Klub and had a good time directing where to park. So would love to participate this time and maybe volunteer next year!! Roberta Shirley

  • Jenny Jones June 20, 2016, 12:22 pm

    Me too, can’t register.

  • Sean June 18, 2016, 9:24 pm


    I’m trying to register online but the registration link is giving me an error message.

    Please advise.




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