The 218 mile Wild Rogue Relay course is a stunner from start to finish, with gorgeous rivers, incredible canyons and stunning coastline as its backdrop. With a small field (100 teams), you’ll have no traffic to deal with, which means plenty of time to soak in the views, support your runner, and tour Southern Oregon in a unique, fun and challenging way. We’ll put our scenery up against that of any relay in the world; it really is that good.
Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll see along the course:
The race begins on the shore of Applegate Lake, at Hart-Tish Campground. The Collings Mountain Trail, famous for leading to the only active Bigfoot Trap in the world, is just across the street.
Our race uses trail whenever possible. This trail is on Leg #1.
The course follows the Applegate River to Jackson County, where it veers east for a little climbing challenge.
The beautiful Applegate Valley is the backdrop for the first ten legs.
Leaving Cantrall Buckley on Leg #6. This is a view only the runners get to see.
Runners go through the Red Lily vineyards on the way to Exchange #6.
Enjoy the beautiful grounds of Red Lily Vineyards – taste their wines, get a free massage from our sponsors, and enjoy complimentary Dutch Bros at this amazing major exchange.
This runner agrees that Red Lily is the best major exchange he’s ever seen.
The course continues through stunning wine country. (This is leg #8.)
The mountains get bigger as the race draws near the Rogue River.
Your first real good look at the Rogue River happens on Leg #12.
After the major exchange in Merlin, the Rogue really starts to put on a show. This is leg #13.
More views from Leg #13. Your team may be too busy snapping photos to cheer you on…and we definitely recommend that Van #2 take the time to catch this amazing view!
The runner on leg #16 gets to run over the beautiful Graves Creek Bridge…but they pay for it with a big climb!
It’s not an easy climb…but if you are lucky to get there early enough, the views are worth it! Many teams will be climbing this section in the dark.
Climbing up to leg #18.
You will be tempted to stop and stare at the sunset…it really can’t be helped.
Leg 18 is a happening spot.
This is where the midnight dance parties begin…
Leg #22 through Eden Valley is gorgeous…though most teams will come through this section during the night.
The course follows the Coquille River on leg #23…so don’t be surprised if you hear the sound of beaver thwacking their tails as you run by.
The final runner in Van #24 makes the climb to Agness Pass…and lets Van #1 take it downhill from there.
View of the Rogue from Leg #26.
Lobster Creek Bridge on Leg #29.
Another bridge – this one wooden. Guess what…we have a lot of bridges on our course!
Admire the view while giving the legs a stretch…
The course begins to look a lot more like the beach on Leg #30.
And leg #30 finishes with a run over the Gold Beach Bridge to finish in front of Jerry’s Jet Boats.
Chase runners down the beach on Leg #31. Runners spend about 1 1/2 miles on the sand before returning to road.
Run past Kissing Rock on Leg 31.
The runner on Leg #32 enjoys Myers Beach…as do her teammates!
More great views on Leg #33.
More great views from Van 2. Van 1 drives the same route and can stop and soak in the views.
Van 1 should definitely take the time to stop in at Arch Rock.
Leg 34, aka “The Clown-Puncher”, is one of the most unique legs out there. You’ll run trail, cross dunes, and live a story you’ll want to share for years to come.
Leg 36 isn’t short on magical views either.
Perhaps the most magical view of all! 218 miles later, you and your team will feel like rockstars!
The finish line party features music, beer, and plenty of time to share your stories…and back in 2017, the free finisher’s meal!
Come and discover what Oregon’s most beautiful relay is all about!