Location: Champoeg State Park, St. Paul, OR
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Recreational and competitive ultra-marathoners from all over the West enjoy this unique running experience. Red and yellow maples dominate the fall colors along the Willamette River course and neighboring Champoeg Park campsites (including Yurts) are popular with runners pre- and post-race. Runners are fed well during this endurance event.
Registration for the 2016 event is closed – check back in 2017 to register for next year! Event date will be October 28, 2017.
NEW and COOL! Live Update Timing
Huber Timing this year will be putting out live updates of each of our runners laps. Let your friends and family know they can follow you at 2016 Autumn Leaves Timing on race day.
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.
Download Course Map – click here
Just a heads up about part of our course this year. The wooden bridge at about mile 2 1/2 is undergoing some restoration work and it is currently about the width of a single track trail. Runners can pass in opposite directions but it will be “tight”. They have built turn offs to allow areas to allow runners, bikers etc more room in a couple of spots. Once the race thins out this should be a non-event but please give way to runners that are heading back towards the start finish line, those folks will have preference as the outbound runners are on the side of the turnoffs while staying to the right.
Race Day Schedule
NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION!
5:30 a.m. Packet pickup opens
6 a.m. Early 50 mile starts
7 a.m. 50 mile and 50K start
All runners must begin their last lap no later than 4 p.m. or they will receive a DNF. No exceptions. So please plan your start time accordingly.
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 have sports drink, gels, water and the usual ultra race 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 date and location will be announced later in 2017.
Directions and Parking Instructions
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.
Results and Photos
Past results and photos are available – click here.
The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, ORRC encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the event.
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.
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 Ultras of the season.
For more information please contact Race Director Bret Henry at AutumnLeavesRD@hotmail.com.
Champoeg State Park, St. Paul, OR