Location: Hagg Lake, Gaston, OR
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: Start times: 7:00am Saturday, 9:00am Sunday
It’s time to get muddy! Warrior-on at one of the most popular ultras in the Northwest, featured in Runner’s World Trail Edition as one of the top Oregon trail races. This course gives runners a chance to run the trails around stunning Hagg Lake.
Event dates for 2019 are February 16th and 17th. Registration is open!
On Facebook – Check out our event page on Facebook.
Sign up early and save money on your registration. Take advantage of last year’s prices through December 1st; registration will go up to $76 for the 25k, $96 for the 50k, and $122 for the double after December 1st, so if you’re planning on getting muddy in 2019, don’t delay! Parking passes are included in this year’s registration fees. ORRC Members save $10 per race and will need to use a code to redeem your discount. Please email email@example.com to get your discount code.
The Hagg Lake Mud Runs are run on two separate days. You can choose to run the 50K on Saturday, the 25K on Sunday or (if you are feeling extra crazy) you can run both days! You will earn a special growler full of beer, cider or root beer if you finish the double.
Both races start and finish at the Pavilion at Boat Ramp C. There is ample parking available at Boat Ramp C for everyone. 10 year finisher and volunteers will have reserved parking in the parking lot.
In an effort to reduce the footprint of our race, we encourage runners and volunteers to please rideshare when possible. If you are looking for a ride to our race, please feel free to post on our Facebook page.
Important 2019 Dates
- Training Run
January 5. Group training run out at Hagg Lake. What a better way to prepare for race day than to run around Hagg Lake! We meet at the large parking lot on the far side of the dam. View Training Run event on Facebook.
- Shirt Order Deadline
January 14. Last day to order a long sleeve tech shirt for this years race. The race shirt is an optional purchase separate from registration.
- Trail Work Day
January 26. We will work to ensure the trail is ready for race day — we’d love your help (let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org). View Trail Work Day on Facebook.
- Double Registration for Growler
February 4. Last day to register for the deadline to guarantee your growler. You may register for the double after that date, but while we will do our best to accommodate you, we cannot guarantee a growler for you at the finish.
- Early Packet Pickup
February 14, 6 to 8 pm, Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby St, Portland. Join us for a beer and social hour and pick up your packet, too! Don’t worry if you can’t make it — You can pick up your packet at Day of Race check in for each event also!
If you’re interested in volunteering for this event, please visit the event website and click on the volunteer button. Volunteer registration will open in January. It takes many people to put on this two-day event — we need your assistance to make Hagg Mud awesome again this year. You may also email us at email@example.com. For more information on ORRC volunteer opportunities, click here.
Results and Photos
- Past results and photos are available – click here.
- Hagg Mud Top Ten Times – click here.
- 2018 Hagg Mud Double Times – click here
- 2017 Hagg Mud Double Times – click here.
Race Day Details
Saturday Schedule (50K)
- 6:00 am – Check in opens for all
- 7:00 am – Regular start (cut off times have been adjusted to accommodate those who would have taken an early start)
Sunday Schedule (25K)
- 8:00 am – Check in opens for all participants
- 9:00 am – Group start (No early start this day)
Is There an Early Start?
- We are not offering an early start this year. We are starting everyone at 7 am, and we’ll keep the course open until 4 pm, which gives you 9 hours to finish. A 9-hour 50K finish requires a 17:10 minute mile average pace. Cutoff for the first lap is noon. Any runner not through the start/finish line for their second lap will be unable to continue. We added additional cut off times in 2018. You must be through the dam aid station by 1:15 pm and through the Fenders Blue aid station by 3:00 pm. This is a 17:10 minute/mile average pace.
- There is no early start for the 25K.
Hagg Mud is a running event; it is not a walking event. You must be able to maintain an average pace of 17:10 per mile in order to meet the cutoffs. We understand that walkers would like to participate but we need to keep in mind our volunteers that are working race day. We will enforce these cutoffs. For this reason if you are unable to run at all during Hagg Mud we ask that you not sign up.
- 50K Course – click here for course map
The 50K consists of a group start at Boat Ramp C. Runners enjoy a little over 3 miles of an out-and-back on a gravel road. This really helps runners to spread everyone out along the course. Please note that this is the biggest elevation change you will encounter for the entire race. When runners come back through the start area, they’ll have a chance to shed clothing and prepare for trails. This is when the mud starts. You will run around Hagg Lake counter clockwise 2 times on the single track trail, pass by 5 aid stations including the start/finish, and eventually make your way back for the post race festivities.
- 25K Course – click here for course map
We are keeping the reverse direction for the 25k in 2019! The 25K consists of a group start at Boat Ramp C. Runners will begin with a loop through the Boat Ramp C parking lot before hitting the trail for a short distance; they will then enjoy about a mile of an out-and-back on a gravel road. This really helps runners to spread out along the course but please note that this is the biggest elevation change you will encounter for the entire race. When runners come back down to the trail, they’ll have a chance to shed clothing in a drop bucket. This is when the mud starts. You will turn back towards the start finish and run around Hagg Lake in a CLOCKWISE direction on the single track trail, pass by two aid stations and eventually make your way back to the finish and post race festivities.
Our aid stations are manned by the best volunteers in the ultra running world. Each will have:
- Food and hydration. Aid stations will be well stocked with the usual Ultra fare: PB&J, bananas, oranges, gummy bears, trail mix, chips, GU gels and GU electrolyte drink. Our race is cupless; we will not provide cups. You will need to carry your own refillable cup, bottle or hydration bladder.
- Potties. There will be a porta-potty at each aid station.
- Basic first aid supplies. We will not have painkillers at the aid stations, so you are responsible for bringing any such aid as needed.
You are responsible for knowing what you need. If the aid stations are too far apart, it is up to you to bring your own aid as well. If you are injured on the course, you can drop out at an aid station and a volunteer will drive you to the finish. We ask all participants to notify aid station volunteers of injured runners that they pass so we can pick up the injured runner in-between aid stations and get them aid earlier if needed, or if they can not make it to the aid station on their own. Please note: our race is CUPLESS. You will need to carry your own cup, hand held or bladder for hydration.
Aid Station locations. There are 5 aid stations on the course for the 50k and 2 for the 25K:
50K Aid Stations
- Mile 8.0 – The Dam Aid Station
- Mile 13.95 – Fender’s Blue
- Mile 17.5 – Boat Ramp C (start/ finish)
- Mile 22.1 – The Dam Aid Station
- Mile 27.95 – Fender Blue
25K Aid Stations
- Mile 6.1 – Fender’s Blue
- Mile 10.9 – The Dam Aid Station
Working Toward Zero Waste
New in 2019: We are assessing at $1.00 Environmental Impact Fee on every registration to help us cover the costs of recycling for this race. In 2018, we were able to limit our waste to just 4 pounds for the entire weekend. However, there are some significant costs associated with making this a reality; this fee will enable us to reduce our impact to nearly zero.
Hagg Lake Mud went cupless in 2017 and now it’s time to work toward a zero-waste event. We’re
committed to conserving resources and sending as little as possible to the landfill, while providing
an exceptional experience for all – runners, volunteers, and spectators.
We know running is good for us; but it should also be good for the planet. Some of the practices
we’re implementing this year include:
- Continuing our cupless aid station procedures
- Recycling through Waste Management
- Composting food and using compostable dishware for post race festivities
- Donating left-behind muddy shoes & clothing
- Recycling runners bibs and gels
- Conscious purchasing decisions to reduce waste as much as possible
- Look for prerace emails to provide additional information about our recycling and conservation
efforts and what you can do to help.
Optional Shirt Purchase
We are offering two shirt options this year; a short sleeve tech t-shirt and a long sleeve, ¼ zip technical shirt. Additional details are available on Ultrasignup. Orders must be placed by January 14th to guarantee a shirt. Limited stock will be available for purchase at the race.
It’s time to sit back and relax for the post race fun. Activities include:
- Picking up your finisher socks and finisher bag
- Warming up and getting in to your dry post race clothes in our heated changing areas
- Getting a warm meal from the helpful volunteers in the pavilion
- Enjoying a relaxing day at the Hagg Lake Spa (also known as wading into the lake)
- Sitting around the pavilion enjoying the space heaters
- Checking out your race splits on our finish line tablets.
- Checking to see if you won anything from the age group awards or raffle
After each race, we will be providing racers with a post-race meal, including grilled cheese sandwiches, hot homemade soup, chips, desserts, and cold and hot drinks; along with standard ultra-fare. Don’t be shy about asking for vegetarian options. We have them available but do not put them out until requested as they are not as popular. Please fill up. Most of the food is perishable and will be composted (along with the dishware) or donated. We will donate what we can, but we would love to see everyone enjoy it all.
Awards will be presented at the end of each race as the finishers complete their race. Because of the wide range of finish times and the usually inclement weather, we do not have an awards ceremony.
The 25K and 50K will present awards to the top 3 Submasters (Under 40) Male and Female runners and the top 3 Masters (40+) male and Female runners in each race. If you think you won an award, please check the kiosks and pick up the award before you leave the race.
In addition, there will be a fun drawing for great prizes from all of our fabulous sponsors! All participants have a chance to win raffle prizes. In order to enter the raffle, it is important that you check in with the registration table even if you have already picked up your packet. After the race starts, we will draw bib numbers and post winners on a board. Just check the board after the race, and if your bib number is listed, check in at the prize table to claim your prize.
New this year: We will be collecting bibs for recycling post race. Turn in your bib at the finish for a chance to win a free entry to next year’s race! (You are, of course, welcome to keep your bib if you like to collect them.)
Hall of Mud
Check out the list of 5 year Hagg Mud veterans – the Hall of Mud – click here.
Other Questions and Answers
- Headphone Policy. 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.
- What are the cut-off times? There are cut-off times only for the 50k. Participants must be through the Start/Finish Line at Boat Ramp C (one loop around the lake, 17.1 miles) by 12:00 pm. We are adding additional cut off times in 2018. You must be through the dam aid station by 1:15 pm and through the Fenders Blue aid station by 3:00 pm. This is a 17:10 minute average pace per mile.
- Can I bring my dog?Unfortunately we have had to implement a no dog policy for this event as a requirement of our continued insurance coverage. We thank you for understanding and for leaving your four legged friend at home.
- How can I register using ORRC Bucks? If you would like to use ORRC bucks to register, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Name, address, phone, age, emergency contact name and number, distance, amount of ORRC bucks to be used. Registrations using ORRC Bucks will be accepted when online registration opens. This means you can email us before online registration opens but your email will not reserve your place. After online registration opens, you should email us, and we will hold a spot for you for one week. You will then have one week to mail us your ORRC Bucks in order for us to lock in your spot. All ORRC Bucks used for registration must be signed by an ORRC RD and be used before their expiration date. You will receive the address where you need to send your ORRC Bucks when we receive your place-holding email.
- Refunds/Entry Transfer? Please read our refund/transfer policy carefully. We do not make exceptions to this policy for any participants. We are volunteer race directors and we have created this policy to make registration and race organization manageable. Thank you for understanding. There are no refunds or transfers of your registration. If you are unable to attend please know that your registration money is helping better the running community in the Portland area. We are a non-profit organization.
- How do I get on the wait list if registration is full? Once registration is full, the registration page will turn into a wait list sign up. Available slots will be offered to people on the wait list to register based on a first come first served basis.
- Who puts on the Hagg Lake 50K and 25K? The Hagg Lake Mud Runs are put on by Oregon Road Runners Club. The race is 100% volunteer-run, including your race directors.
- When will the race results get posted? Huber Timing will have real-time results available at the tablet station in the pavilion. Official results will be posted same day as the race.
Hagg Lake, Gaston, OR