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Crater Lake Rim Runs return for 2021

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSergio Morales seen here halfway through winning the Crater Rim Run marathon at Crater Lake in 2019.

Registrations are filling up quickly for the 45th Crater Lake Rim Runs, which are returning after being canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.

“We are good to go,” said race director Rob Coffman of the runs — with distances of 6.7, 13 and 26.2 miles — set for Aug. 14. As usual, the three races will begin near The Watchman overlook, with the shorter race ending near the Cleetwood Cove Trailhead, the half-marathon near the Mount Scott Trailhead and the marathon at the Lost Creek Campground.

About 150 people who were entered in last year’s canceled runs will be back. Coffman said that as of the first week of June about 350 people had entered. The race is limited to about 500 people.

The marathon is rated as one of the nation’s most scenic because it mostly follows Rim Drive. But it’s also regarded one of the most challenging because of hills and elevations ranging from 5,980 to 7,850 feet above sea level. Aid stations will be located about every two miles with electrolytes, water and sponges.

For more information and to register visit the website at craterlakerimruns.com.

— Lee Juillerat

National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday

Saturday could be a freebie for those headed out to local trails, lakes and parks, as some federal and state agencies are waiving their usual parking fees in honor of National Get Outdoors Day.

The fee-free holiday will take place Saturday, June 12, and will apply to all lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Washington State Parks. Fees will still be charged Saturday at national park sites and national wildlife refuges.

Parking fees, which range from $5 at national forests to $10 at Washington state parks, will be waived Saturday, one of several fee-free days celebrated throughout the year. Camping and other fees will still apply.

National Get Outdoors Day is coordinated by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and the U.S. Forest Service, and is held annually on the second Saturday in June. The event started in 2008 as a way to encourage Americans, especially young people, to recreate outside on public lands.

While the scale of the event has waned in recent years, it remains one of the few dedicated fee-free days on state and federal lands.

Of course, those with annual park passes like the Northwest Forest Pass for regional U.S. Forest Service sites or the interagency America the Beautiful pass that applies to all federal lands, are exempt from parking fees year-round.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which also sells an annual pass, typically offers free parking on only three days of the year — New Year’s Day, State Parks Day in June, and Green Friday in November — though it only charges parking fees at 25 of its nearly 200 park sites.

— The Oregonian/OregonLive