Run to the Ruts

A National Get Outdoors Day Event

Join us on June 13th for the Annual Run to the Ruts 5K & 10K Run/Walk.

All proceeds benefit Trail Tenders Inc. Our mission is to enhance educational and recreational programs for the public benefit within the  Oregon Trail Interpretive Complex. Our programs attract over 50,000 visitors and more than 5,000 students annually. Adding to the economic and cultural health of Baker County and surrounding communities. 

National Get Outdoors Day is a Free Fee Day at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, so bring your cheering squad and enjoy the Center after the race.

For more information please call us at 541-523-1844

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Thank-you Sponsors!

  • St. Alphonsus

  • Marvin Wood Products​​

  • El Erradero

  • Les Schwab Tires

  • Sumpter Junction Restaurant

  • Clarke & Clarke Insurance

  • Oregon Trail Electric Co-op

  • Baker Valley Physical Therapy

  • Kicks Sportswear

  • Umpqua Bank

  • Sorbenots Coffee

photo courtesy of Base Camp Baker

Event Info & Course Description

Run to the Ruts” is a Challenging 5K (3.1 mile) Run/Walk or 10K (6.2miles) Run. It starts and ends at the 3rd parking lot, leading runners and walkers down the Panorama Point trail, crosses over the Oregon Trail Ruts and returns via the Ascent Trail. There is an elevation gain of 430 feet, and the route is a mixture of gravel road, paved trails and dirt trails, with several tight curves.


This event is a non-sanctioned “fun run.” All participants will receive a participant award upon crossing the finishing line. We will be giving awards for the top 3 male and female runners of the event. We will track times to the best of our ability and post what we can. If your time is a priority to you, you should be prepared to track your own record.


Due to the width of the trails we request that no dogs be brought on the run/walk. Also, sections of the route are very narrow and would not be adequate  for strollers in this event. Runners should be aware that the route is on public land and other visitors may be using the trails. Please be courteous to all visitors, including other runners.

The 10K Run will start at 8:30AM and the 5K Run/Walk will start at 9:00AM, with the walkers lining up behind the runners.

Register online, in person at the Interpretive Center, or mail a registration form to Trail Tenders Inc., PO Box 987, Baker City, OR 97814. Registrations will be accepted until the event start time.


Runners and Walkers each pay an entry fee of $15 per person & if registered by the t-shirt deadline, will  receive either a moisture-wicking or cotton t-shirt in their requested size. Water, juice, fruit and snacks will be available before and after the race.

Race packets will be available to pick up at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center lobby on the Friday before, from 1 p.m. — 5 p.m., and at 8:00 a.m. on  the day of the event.

All event proceeds will benefit Trail Tenders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the educational programs of the Interpretive Center.