Hit the Oregon Trails
Go if you're equally fanatic about trail running and the Bard. Ashland has hosted the Oregon Shakespeare Festival ...
Photo by Jared Cruce
GO IF YOU'RE EQUALLY FANATIC about trail running and the Bard. Ashland has hosted the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from February to November every year since 1935. Located just 15 miles north of the California border, Ashland is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains. After running the area's ponderosa pine-sheltered trails, head to the open-air Elizabethan stage to take in a Shakespearean play. Or, for drama-free relaxation, go soak in Lithia Springs' famous mineral waters.
Race ... March's Tar and Trail 6-miler (roguevalleyrunners.blogspot.com/2008/02/tar-n-trail-6-mile-race.html) goes on- and off-road, including singletrack and wood-chipped trails. Log some miles on the Pacific Crest Trail with the Siskiyou Out Back 50K and 15K (siskiyououtback.com), starting and ending at the Mount Ashland ski lodge. Or dash 5600 feet to the top of Mount Ashland in August's 13.3-mile Mount Ashland Hillclimb Run (mtashlandrun.com). The first annual Lithia Loop Trail Marathon will be held this year on November 8, along Ashland Creek and the trails and fire roads winding through Rogue Valley National Forest.