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Canyon Rumble Frozen Half Trail Race marathon first Saturday of December, starts at Fairgrounds.

STEELE HAUGEN - Cassandra Ruwaldt and her dog ran in the 2018 Canyon Rumble  Frozen race.
It's time to start training for the Canyon Rumble Frozen Half trail race. There are three races that follow the Willow Canyon Trail in Madras, a 10k, 5k and half-marathon.

The races are held on Dec. 7, the first Saturday of December. Prizes are awarded to first-place finishers in each age bracket, as well as the top finishers in the half, 10k and 5k.

"We run up over the M hill, down into Willow Creek Canyon (trail) and it is an up and back course," said race coordinator Jamie Hurd. "So everything you see on the way up, you see on the way back."

All proceeds go to the MADras Runners Jack Watts Youth Running Grant, aimed at supporting and encouraging running in youths. To register go to madrasrunners.com, click on Canyon Rumble and sign up through Ultra Signup.

STEELE HAUGEN - Evan Powell was last year's Canyon Rumble Frozen Half-Marathon  5k winner."Start now," said Hurd, about training for a race. "Start by run or walk a minimum of three days a week is all you need. Just increase your distance by 10% every week. It could be run or walk a mile this week and then slowly build."

It will cost $45 for the half-marathon, $30 for the 10k, $20 for the 5k and $30 for a family. There will also be race-day registration from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Dec. 7.

The race starts at 10 a.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 430 SW Fairgrounds Road. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"This race is a unique challenge," Hurd said. "One, you are up against potentially the weather and you have the infamous M hill, which you don't have to run over once, but twice. Then you get to go down one of the most scenic trails in Jefferson County, Willow Creek Canyon. That is an epic, beautiful trail. A lot of other races are on roads, so you don't get to see that kind of back country like you do in this race."


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