Welcome to the Butte Buster!
This scenic and relatively flat trail run meanders through oak savannahs, wetlands, and rock outcroppings, including the summit of Little Songer Butte (twice!). Frequent vistas of Emigrant Lake and the Cascade-Siskiyous will surround you on this almost entirely singletrack course.
This is an outstanding event for the novice trail runner or anyone looking to do their first race of more than a 5k....or for the experienced runner that wants a new PR.
The Emigrant Lake trails are a lesser-known system in the Rogue Valley, and this run aims to bring attention to the unique system and need for some modest expansion and maintenance. Our hope is to one-day start this race near the park (a needed 1/2-mile of new trail to bypass the highway is needed) or even do a lake lap sometime in the future. But for now, we promise you will have a blast on this 8-mile course!
When & Where?
Saturday, May 14, 2022 (pending permit)
Emigrant Lake Day Use Area- west shore
Hwy 66, Ashland, Oregon
Race starts at 8:00am
From I-5 take Highway 66 east about 4.5 miles to the day use turn-off on the left side.
What is the race schedule?
Packet pickup is 6:30am-7:30am at the parking area.
There will be a pre-race briefing at 7:55am at the start line.
What is the course?
The race will start and finish at the west shore day use area. The course will follow the Emigrant Lake Trail / Little Songer Butte Trail from the day use area to the Songer Wayside, taking the lakeshore route out and the hillside route back. Aid stations will be at Old Greensprings crossing (miles 1.5 & 6.5) and Songer Wayside (mile 4). This is ~8-miles & 1,000 feet of gain and loss.
What is the swag?
As in "stuff we all get". As if running a great race isn't enough, every finisher will also receive a nice commemorative item (TBD- but ie. mug, stein, cap) as well as a finisher patch. Finish party will include refreshments. Shirts and other items are available as add-ons.