It’s the end of August, and that’s the time we start getting a lot of questions about next year’s race calendar. We’re already deep into the planning, so here you go – Go Beyond Racing’s 2023 race schedule. There are a few shifts in dates, so open your own calendar and start putting in some trail races for next year.
|Smith Rock Ascent (50K, 15M, 7.5M, 4M)
|Wood You Rather
|Portland Trail Series (Spring)
|4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/7, 6/21
|Stumptown Trails Runs (50K, Half Marathon)
|Wy’east Wonder (50M, 50K)
|Bristow 24/12/6 Hour Run
|Bend Trail Series
|6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/7
|Portland Trail Series (Summer)
|7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2
|Mt Hood Races (50M, 50K, 25K)
|1/1-13 50M lottery
1/16 50K & 25K
|Volcanic (50K & 25K)
|Portland Trail Series (Fall)
|8/30, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25
|8/24 – 8/29
|Mountain Lakes 100
|Elk-Kings Trail Races (50K, 25K)
|Lastest Not Fastest
All dates and races are subject to permit approval, and to course closures due to fire. We really expect to have Mountain Lakes 100 based out of Olallie Lake Resort again, as the closures from the 2020 Lionshead fire are starting to reopen now. The Oregon 200 course has had four fires impact it already this summer. Thankfully some of the fires are now contained and some closed sections have already reopened. If you aren’t already on our email list for Oregon 200, you can sign up here for updates.
Speaking of Oregon 200, we are so pumped for this race. We just spent several days on parts of the course, during what would have been race days this year, as well as scouting out some potential backups if some of the current fire closures stay in effect. We did some trail work with friends in the area too. If the current Cedar Creek fire stays put and doesn’t burn onto the Bunchgrass Ridge, we may have some exciting news to share about the future of that portion of the course.
We have not set the final price for this race, as we’re waiting on some information from the Forest Service that will significantly impact the cost to put it on. We anticipate the registration fee to be similar to other 200s, but we are working hard to keep it as affordable as possible.
The interest in this race is high and we expect a quick sellout. There will not be a lottery.
You’ll notice the biggest change to our usual schedule is Smith Rock Ascent. It is moving from May to March. Smith Rock State Park has gotten just too popular and busy and events like ours are no longer allowed between April and October. You’ll also note that we added a 7.5-mile distance on Saturday.
Wy’east Wonder is two weeks later and back to a Saturday race. This gives more time for snow to melt out and for us to get the trail cleared of downed trees.
The Bristow Run is moving to the first weekend in July and we’re adding a 6-hour option. Now you can choose to run as far as you can or want in 6 hours, 12 hours, or 24 hours.
The Bend Trail Series schedule is once a month instead of every other week.
Where’s Lastest Not Fastest and Gnar Gnar you ask? We are working on a new venue for Lastest Not Fastest and will update this post and the website with that date and location when we have it finalized. We’re making more room in our August in order to produce the Oregon 200, so Gnar Gnar is going to move to a different date; we just don’t have that one locked in yet.
Don’t forget about the Trail Mix Fund. This money is available to those who cannot afford race registration fees AND/OR to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ runners. We very much want to improve the diversity in our sport and our events. If you are someone or know someone who could benefit from the Fund, please apply. It’s a very simple application and the review is quick. A note for the runners of color and the gay community, you don’t have to have a financial hardship to apply and we aren’t implying that you do by offering this. We want you to race with us and if waiving your fee makes it more appealing, then let us welcome you to a start line.
You know how much we love doing it ourselves, and how much we support runners doing trail work. We’ll host a few trail work events next year (in Forest Park and on the Pacific Crest Trail) and will announce those dates later. We do have one happening this year, at Smith Rock State Park, with Trailkeepers of Oregon. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so plan to ‘opt outside’ with us on Friday, November 25th. For those planning to run Mountain Lakes 100 or the Oregon 200, you might as well get a jump on your 8-hour requirement and burn off some turkey and pie in a pretty place.
Parties are back! We’ll host a Season Opener Party in the Spring and the annual Volunteer Party at the end of our race season. This year’s Volunteer Party is on October 29th.
So who is looking forward to next year’s racing and running? If this has got you all pumped up and you just can’t wait, we do have a few races still this year:
Go faster. Go farther. Go Beyond. Let’s GO 2023!