Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.8
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
2.8
SWAG
2.4
The Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon are held in beautiful Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. Choose between runs of 6.7, 13.0 miles and The Marathon, or if you are a walker, the 6.7 mile walk. All courses are along the very rim of Majestic Crater Lake and are at … MORE
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    mlletour FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is more of a walk than a race as the altitude and course make it very difficult to run. There was supposed to be water starting at 2 miles … MORE

    This is more of a walk than a race as the altitude and course make it very difficult to run. There was supposed to be water starting at 2 miles and then every two miles after – they need to check this as the first water stop was almost 3 miles in. The only clocks on the course are at the 3 finishes – mile markers on some of the cones – no chip timing. The majority of the runners are in the 6.7 and 13 mile which means they don’t cater to the marathon. There is no expo or really any check-in so you don’t really get much info about anything race related. It all works out in the end but I would not recommend this race but I do recommend everyone go to Crater Lake. Be sure to go down to the lake via mile hike at the marina and jump into the water from the jumping rock – that was the highlight of the trip!

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    5
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    sletou01 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The views are breathtaking. The lake cannot adequately be put into words. Go see it! Do the marathon. Train for extended uphills and downhills. The race finishes on with a … MORE

    The views are breathtaking. The lake cannot adequately be put into words. Go see it! Do the marathon. Train for extended uphills and downhills. The race finishes on with a two mile uphill!

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    5
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    2
    SCENERY
    5
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    2
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    chrisrivers12054 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great race with nice people from all over. The start is chilly as you wait, after being dropped off by the bus. Staying in the park makes it easier, and … MORE

    Great race with nice people from all over. The start is chilly as you wait, after being dropped off by the bus. Staying in the park makes it easier, and more fun, but you can just drive in in the morning.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Ironferg FIRST-TIMER '18

    Looking for an Oregon Marathon to add to my 50 States quest and found a gem. This is not a huge marathon, but you will find a great running community … MORE

    Looking for an Oregon Marathon to add to my 50 States quest and found a gem. This is not a huge marathon, but you will find a great running community and an amazingly beautiful and difficult course. Probably one of my most rewarding races to date.

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    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall - this race is just a race. The PLACE is what makes this race spectacular! If you treat this race as an in and out weekend and don't spend … MORE

    Overall – this race is just a race. The PLACE is what makes this race spectacular! If you treat this race as an in and out weekend and don’t spend time here, you are severely missing out!

    The TRIP: I flew into Portland on Thursday and drove down (4.5 hours). I stayed at the Union Creek Resort, a quaint little campground/cabin area near one of the park entrances. I was traveling alone, so I stayed in the lodge in one of the cheaper small rooms. (Shared Bathroom) Luckily I had the room at the end with a window overlooking the creek. I slept with the window open and could hear the creek down below. Very relaxing. Although this place was about 40 minutes from the park, it was well worth it. (Other places in the park are too expensive or booked up). When I checked out on race day and they allowed me to shower there before heading home. Very nice folks!

    On Friday, I spent about 10 hours in the park. Be prepared! There’s a lot to see! Before the trip, I took a map and marked all the hikes/sights/and areas I wanted to see. I worked my way around the lake, stopping at each spot and even a few extras. They were all wonderful, but my top picks are Garfield Peak and Plaikni Falls!
    This year there were a few wildfires nearby that caused a smoky haze to cover the area. In the morning I could barely see the other side of the crater. But by mid afternoon, the smoke cleared up enough to pair perfectly with the timing of my hike up to Garfield Peak! The water was amazingly blue and the colors of the trees with the blue sky made the perfect ending to a perfect day!

    The RACE: The race started at Watchman Point and ended at a campground near the Pinnacles. The park closed one lane of Rim Drive and made the road one way only during the race. They encouraged runners to use the shuttle buses. I parked at Rim Village and took the bus to the start. There was some confusion about where to go beforehand. (FYI- the race has no Packet Pickup. They mail bibs and an information sheet to you). The info sheet said “board your assigned bus” but there were no indications of bus assignments. Basically you park in one of two areas and catch the bus there. There’s one start line for all races. If you get on the first busses you can watch the sunrise at watchman’s point! The race itself was hilly and beautiful. You run about halfway around Rim Drive with an out and back at Cloudcap and then a 2 mile out and back near the finish. The race is almost always at 8000 feet elevation. Luckily that morning the smoke layer was below us. We had some nice views all around the lake that morning! The course is 100% road except for maybe 100 feet into the campground to the finish line. Aid stations are plentiful, however porta-potties were only located at the 10K, half finish and full finish lines. Nature stops might be necessary.

    The FINISH: The finish is very rudimentary. A clock, a finish banner and a few tents. But VERY friendly and happy volunteers! Results are done by hand and your bib tab is posted on a board. The medal is plain and age group awards are blue/red/yellow ribbons.

    BOTTOM LINE: You don’t come to this race for the bling. You come for the views and to visit the park. And it’s totally worth it!
    RaceRaves included this race on their ”Toughest Road Marathons in North America” last year: https://raceraves.com/toughest-road-marathons-us-canada/
    After 63 marathons, I can testify that making this list was well deserved. This is the only race I’ve run that’s listed on this countdown. However, I honestly think that the Mad Marathon in Vermont would be a VERY close 2nd to Crater Lake on my list of Toughest Road Marathons.

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    3
    SCENERY
    5
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    2
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