Oregon Road Runners Club
Autumn Leaves 50/50
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Autumn Leaves is a 50k and 50 mile race held in the beautiful fall colors along the Willamette River at Oregon's popular Champoeg State Park.
EARLY SIGN UP INCENTIVE!
If you sign up for Autumn Leaves online during the first month of registration (April 27th to May 27th) you will be entered into a drawing for....wait for it....... A PRIVATE PORT A POTTY! Yes you and one other lucky winner will have your own private outdoor portable blue rest room! So just think. Every 10k loop you make you not have to wait in line or use one of those over used rooms. You can trade, sell, give, or keep if you are the winner. All we ask is you let us know the names of who will have the private loo. So call all your friends and sign up for the 50k or 50 mile ORRC Autumn Leaves by May 27th. It could be your breath of fresh air.
The course is a 10k loop consisting of 80% paved bike path and 20% dirt single track. It is built for speed as the course is very flat with some small rollers for fun. 50k runners will complete 5 loops and the 50 milers will do 8.
Race Day Schedule
NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION!
5:30 am Packet pickup opens
6:00 am Early 50 mile starts
7:00 am 50 mile and 50k start
All runners must begin their last lap no later than 4:00 pm or they will receive a DNF. No exceptions. So please plan your start time accordingly. NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION
We will have two separate aid stations on the course. Runners will pass these stations 3 times. You will never be more than 2.5 miles from one.
We will be serving Hammer Nutrition products again this year. We will have Heed Sports drink, Hammer Gels, water and the usual ultra foods at each station. If you have special needs let the Race Director know ahead of time.
Awards will be given out as runners finish.
50k - Awards for 1st through 3rd for men and women and Masters.
50 mile - Awards for 1st through 3rd for men and women and Masters.
All 50 mile finishers will receive the coveted ORRC Autumn Leaves custom belt buckle.
Since the race is close to Halloween if you feel the spirits move you, we will award two runners for being the best or most creatively dressed.
Each 50k and 50 mile participant will receive our popular ORRC Autumn Leaves technical running shirt at no extra cost.
Packet pickup will be on Friday October 25 at Road Runner Sports in Tualatin from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. They are located at 7063 SW Nyberg Road, in the Nyberg Woods Shopping Center. We will also have day of race packet pickup at the start line.
Directions to Champoeg Park
Take I-5 Exit 278 (Aurora), 7 miles south of Wilsonville. Follow signs west approximately 5 miles to the park. Allow at least 45 minutes travel time from Portland or Salem. Please car pool to the start. We will only have about 130 parking spots if it has been raining in the days leading up to the race. If this happens we may have to park some runners over 1 mile from the start! Help out your fellow runners and car pool out to the park. Parking is $5 but Autumn Leaves will pay for parking for all runners. Visitors must pay for their own parking.
Race Day Weather
Fall in Western Oregon can be most anything. Usually we have cool mornings (mid 30's) and cloudy afternoons. Dress for all weather types from sunny 70 degrees to rain and the mid 40's. You will have a dry area to leave your drop bags. Also if you get to the park early you might capture a prize spot right on the course to leave your car, which you would pass twice each lap. You will need a headlamp as all races start in the dark.
In 2010 our 50k and 50 mile men and women winners each were in the top 20 fastest times in the US according to Ultrarunning magazine. This is the perfect next step for the Marathoner who wants a new challenge or the experienced distance runner looking for a new personal best time.
Bring your headlamps! The sun does not rise until 7:45 am and it is very dark on the course even for the regular starters
The start line is near the historic Champoeg Pavilion. We will have covered a shelter to store your equipment.
Camping and cabins are available at the Park.
Please CARPOOL again this year. If the weather is or has been wet we can not use the grass parking area and some runners may have to walk over 1 mile to the start line!
This race may sell out. We are limited in size due to park limitations. So sign up early and don't miss out on one of the last Ultra's of the season.
2011 Race Pictures
Our pictures this year were again taken by Tom Riley. You can use these pictures for personal use as much as you would like. If you would like to publish this professionally please contact the Race Director who will put you in touch with Tom for permission or compensation.
2010 Race Pictures
No commercial use without prior permission from our photographer and myself (which we will most likely give) Photographer was Tom Riley
All pictures may be downloaded for free.
For more information please contact Race Director Bret Henry at AutumnLeavesRD@hotmail.com.