Safety and Medical


Be safe, have fun, and be competitive… always in that order.

All Participants are required to watch the Cascade Relays Safety Video prior to getting on the course.

The safety of our participants, volunteers and staff is our utmost priority.

Please read this medical and safety letter.

It is critical that EVERY member on the team read the entire Race Guide and become familiar with all rules in order to ensure the safety of all teammates. The Team Captain is responsible for the safe and respectful conduct of their teammates.

There are many potential hazards in a race of this type including, but not limited to: automobile traffic, road and trail conditions, and weather. We do everything we can to provide traffic control and medical services, but you will be running on public roads and it is ultimately your responsibility to look out for your safety and the safety of your teammates and other runners.

In an emergency – call 911 first and foremost! If you do not have cell phone reception, notify the nearest race official or member of the Communications Team, as they will be able to communicate with the nearest medical personnel. In non-critical situations, contact the volunteer medical staff stationed at Silver Lake, La Pine Sleepover Area, the Finish Line, and roving the course. Emergency medical contact information will be provided in your start packet information at the start line.

Curious where there is cell coverage on the course?  Use this handy-dandy chart to see where there is cell service with AT&T and Verizon.


  • Reflective vests and lights are required at night – from 7PM to 7AM – no exceptions. Your team will be immediately disqualified if approved equipment is not used and you will be asked to leave the course. No exceptions – this is for your safety! Any runner outside of the van during nighttime hours is required to wear a reflective safety vest.  At check-in, teams are required to show 12 vests, one for each participant (6 for an ultra team).
  • Run on the side of the road designated in the Race Map for each leg.Whenever possible, we have you running against traffic, which is typical and standard for safety purposes. However, there are times when it is safer for you to run with traffic, and we have very thoughtfully determined such legs based on road crossings and the movement of traffic. (for example, if you are running uphill and the exchange points are on the right, it is safer to run on the right because cars travel slower uphill and less crossing of the road will be necessary).Even more dangerous than running on the wrong side of the road is when we have participants on BOTH sides of the road. Therefore, you will be penalized if you are spotted on the incorrect side of the road, as instructed/designated by the Race Map for that leg.
  • Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Heat exhaustion is the most likely issue you will encounter during this race.  Here is one good source on heat exhaustion for runners. Please limit alcohol consumption before and during the race and hydrate regularly.
  • iPods and audio devices: Our organization will allow the use of iPods and other headphone devices. We continue to stress that by using an audio device you will compromise your safety and that of others. If wearing an iPod or other audio device results in you not being able to hear verbal instructions or commands, or approaching vehicles, you may be asked to relinquish the device. We ask that you take responsibility and use good judgment if you opt to wear an audio device. We truly hope you will opt to leave your headsets at home and instead let the incredible scenery serve as your motivation and inspiration.

Before choosing to run/walk the CLR, you should understand that our relay is more challenging than others you may have participated in.  It is longer, at a higher altitude, with more elevation changes and potentially more extreme temperature changes than you may be used to.  Please be sure you train properly before attempting this race.

Consider purchasing a membership to AirLink.  You have two options:

Full Family Coverage for the year: For only $65/ year for an annual family membership, AirLink protects you and your family from a potential $15,000+ helicopter ride if you are injured enjoying the many activities that Oregon has to offer.  We have had a few CLR participants transported by helicopter over the years (all due to heat injuries) and an AirLink membership could save you thousands of dollars if that rare instance occurs.