If you are flying here from out of state, the Rogue Valley International Airport is your closest option. Portland International (PDX) is about a five hour drive from the start line.
The start at Applegate Lake is approximately 45 minutes from Medford, where we have packet pickup. Please plan accordingly.
You will be able to rent passenger vans out of Medford. We recommend booking early for the best selection; there is an enough of an impact from our race to make finding vans locally a bit tricky.
WHERE TO STAY
Many teams opt to stay in Medford on Thursday night and drive out to the start in the morning. We also had 10 or so teams who opted to camp with us at Hart-Tish, where the race starts.
After the race, many teams spend the night in Brookings before driving home the next day. The drive back to Medford from Brookings is about 2 1/2 hours; the drive from Brookings to Portland is approximately 6 hours.
The major exchanges are the exchange points where one van finishes running and the other van starts. Some exchanges are set up for teams to be able to rest, while others are a bit smaller and will act only as exchange points. The details for each exchange are listed below.
Exchange #6 – Red Lily Vineyards
Perhaps the prettiest major exchange of any relay anywhere, Red Lily Vineyards offers plenty of room for stretching out and relaxing. Dutch Brothers will be serving up complimentary drinks, there will be salads, sandwiches, teriyaki chicken or veggies and rice for sale, massage therapists from ADAPT will be on hand to offer you free therapy, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase wine from Red Lily to take home.
Exchange #12 – Merlin Baptist Church
The grounds of the church offer plenty of space to stretch out and recover from your legs. However, we would like to encourage Van 1 runners to move the party to Morrison’s Lodge (approx. 11 miles from XC 12 – 8500 Galice Rd. Merlin, OR 97532). Providence Sports Medicine will be on site to help you with any sports injuries your team may have at Morrison’s. Use your pace prediction worksheet to determine when to head to XC 12; plan to get there 30 mins. Before your Van 2 is due in.
*Please be respectful in your dress and behavior at this location as it is a church.*
Van 2 Instructions After Finishing Leg 12
After completing Leg 12, Van 2 can head to Glendale High School. It is important to note that Exchange #18 (the start of Leg #19) has restricted access due to the tight nature of this exchange. Vans will not be allowed to camp out at Exchange #18 and will be turned away. This is an issue that the Forest Service and BLM are concerned about. There will be no exceptions to this!! Teams should not plan to arrive at Exchange #18 until approximately 30 minutes prior to their Van #1 arrival at that exchange.
More info about Glendale:
The booster club at Glendale will be selling food, and you’ll be able to get a hot shower for a $5 donation. Volunteers will have a gridded sleeping area, and you will be assigned a section to call your own. When your Van 1 passes Exchange #16, a volunteer will come and wake you so that you may pack up and head on to the exchange.
Navigating to Exchange #18
Please refer to both maps in the racebook to help you drive from XC 12 to Glendale and drive from Glendale to XC 18.
Exchange #18 – Dutch Henry Rd (not a sleeping area)
This is an extremely tight exchange that will have Dutch Bros available for you to enjoy! Beyond Dutch Bros and porta-potties, this exchange has very limited services. Do not plan to rest at Exchange #18. Instructions are listed below and are provided in even further detail in the map section.
Exchange #24 – Agness Pass (limited sleeping area)
This is another tight exchange. If you pre-ordered a breakfast burrito, we are going to do our best to have them delivered & heating up by 2 am. There are a few porta-potties here, but other than that, services are very limited. There is a large gravel pit located just past the exchange that will be set up with a designated sleeping area. Instructions are listed below and are provided in even further detail in the map section.
Van 1 Instructions After Finishing Leg 18
After you finish up your Leg #18, you will be ready for some sleep. Continue on the Wild Rogue Relay course until you reach Exchange #24 at Agness Pass. At the exchange area, take NF 5325, which goes off to the right at the exchange area. The road becomes gravel just after you turn off NF 33. Follow this road for .3 of a mile until you reach the rock quarry. Park carefully and rest here until your van is due in within the half hour. Then make your way carefully back to the exchange.
PLEASE NOTE: FOR YOUR SAFETY, DO NOT SLEEP IN ANY AREA WHERE A VAN MAY BE TEMPTED TO PARK.
Exchange #30 – Gold Beach Harbor
The grounds at the Harbor in Gold Beach offer plenty of space to stretch out and recover from your legs. Providence Sports Medicine will be on site to help you with any sports injuries your team may have. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and some grassy spots along the harbor. There is a boat launch closeby where you might be able to soak your legs.
Local Restaurants for Breakfast:
The Silver Hook Restaurant & Indian Creek Cafe are just up the river on the South Bank. The address is 94749 Jerry’s Flat Rd for Silver Hook and 94682 Jerry’s Flat Rd for Indian Creek. In town on the left if you are going south, Double D’s Cafe (29441 Ellensburg Ave) has a good breakfast. Also if you are lucky, Gold Beach Books, the bookstore in the middle of town, has amazing scones! Pretty limited but they also make espresso and other specialty drinks. The closest Dutch Bros is in Brookings in the middle of town on the right. If that location has a long line there is another on down the road in Harbor on the left in a shopping center.
Camping is free at Azalea Park at the finish line.
Showers / Places to Jump in the River
Leg 5 (Cantrall Buckley Park) – Very close to Red Lily Winery. Van #1 could return after their legs and enjoy the water before heading to Merlin.
Matson County Park (Grants Pass) – This park is located across the river from Leg #11. It offers nice river access for a quick dip in the water for Van #1.
Glendale School (Van #2 alternate route) – Showers will be available for $5.00. Bring a towel. You’ll also be able to sleep and eat at this location.
Cougar Lane Campground – $5 per person, self service before 9am.
The ocean – Beginning at leg #32, you’ll have many spots that you can pull over and head down to the ocean to enjoy the brisk salty water. It’s not Mexico, but nothing refreshes quite like the Pacific Ocean in Oregon!