History

The Annual Steens Rim Run & Walk began in 1983 when the local High School Cross Country Coach decided "the Steens would be a great place to have a road run." Coach Mary Otley gathered a few dozen participants for the first race and began a tradition spanning over 30 years to date. The race continued on with the help of Coach Gordon Black from 1984 through the remainder of the decade, gathering more participants each year and changing the course in its third season. In its first two years, the race ended at the Wildhorse parking area. Now, finishers have a tough climb at the end, crossing the finish line just below at the East Rim Overlook. In 1987, the Rim Run became the "Chris Miller Memorial Steens Rim Run & Walk" in honor of a local teen whose passion for running and Steens Mountain were shared equally. Miller’s parents Gary and Jill took over planning and coordination of the event in 1990 and have recently passed the leadership to son Nick and daughter Mandi. The Rim Run continues to be a favorite 10K for racers across the United States. Families, running clubs, friends, singles, and many others look forward to the race every year – many seeking a new challenge with true high-elevation running, several out for the exercise and great scenery, and still dozens of "regulars" here to support the Miller Family and the memory of Chris. COME RUN ABOVE THE CLOUDS!