Saturday July 20th, 2019 

The Timberline Challenge is an annual hiking relay race around Mount Hood to raise funds for the Design Science Association. This year’s race takes place on Saturday, July 20th, 2019.

The race consists of five legs, varying in length from 3.7 miles to 11.6 miles, over which two members from each team will hike as quickly as possible, with the goal of completing the entire course (nearly 41 miles) in 16 hours or less.

Team members will raise funds for Design Science Association by requesting donations from family, friends, churches, businesses, and other organizations to sponsor their team on a per-mile, per leg, time goal, or other basis.  Teams will compete against the clock and against each other to be the first to finish, have the shortest elapsed time, and raise the most money.  Along the course, team members will take pictures at 18 pre-defined waypoints with their cell phones and upload them to be placed on a Facebook page tracking the event.  Each team will also carry a Spot Tracker which will enable near real-time web updates on their progress around the course and their position compared to other teams.

How can I get more details?

Visit the Timberline Challenge website at to see event details, route maps, registrations forms, race tracking, and more!

I’m not planning to hike, can I still be involved?


First, spread the word.  Invite others to check out the website.

Second, we are in need of individuals to help with race planning and logistics, starting immediately.  If you’d like to help out, please reach out to the race director at