Lower Rogue Challenge - Gold Beach, OR
Second week of July
First Race: 1957 -Number of Laps: -Lap Length: miles -Race Distance: Miles
When was its first Race?
The first races were held during the aqua-carnival in 1957. A marathon race in 1958 was won by Kenny Franks. Traditionally, the marathon ran from Gold Beach to Agness and back, a distance of 64 Miles.
What’s the Race like?
The race starts in the bay and heads upriver to Lobster creek bridge for the turn around. Pits are at Huntley Park. This race is usually windy with the wind coming down the valleys and upriver in the bay. Like Klamath, the bay can get rough with wind caused waves. The wind plus changing tides makes the bay a challenging stretch for drivers to navigate safely. The Rogue is wide and shallow making scouting a must to avoid trouble.
There are several campgrounds along the river to experience the Southern Oregon Coastal weather.
Where is the best place to watch?
Jerry's Flat road follow the race course on the south bank of the river providing many places to pull onto the gravel bar and watch.