Hey Everyone – since we’re a little late to the game for a 2014 year-end wrap-up, we have decided to send a little love to all our readers (it’s still February.. I think). Bend has a lot of exciting running-related news for 2015, and we’d like to share it with ya – since that’s what we’re here for.
Bend Marathon and Half – April 26, 2015: The Inaugural Bend Marathon has been drawing a lot of attention, given that Bend hasn’t had a true road marathon in the past few years. The course runs along many of Bend’s well-known running trails including Drake Park, the Deschutes River Trail (First Street Rapids & Farewell Bend Park), the Haul Trail up to Seventh Mtn. Resort, Tetherow, and through downtown (twice!).
Runners from Bend’s 2011 Marathon
USATF Mountain Running Championships – July 25, 2015: Located at Mt. Bachelor Ski Area. These races will be the sole selection races for the U.S. Mountain Running Team, where the top six men and top four women to finish will earn berths to the team (provided they are USATF members and eligible to represent USA in international competition). The races are open to all USTAF members (click here on how to become a member). There will be 3 races all held on a 4.1k loop course that climbs and descends 248 meters (12k championship for men – 3 laps and 8k championship for women – 2 laps, and a 4k open race – 1 lap).
Coming up in 2016 & 2017… USATF XC National Championships – Held at Rivers Edge Golf Course, these races will be back (they were previously held here in 2013) and promise to draw some of the top running talent from across the country.
If you’re ready to test your racing flats, here are a few local events coming up in MARCH:
13th Annual Grin & Bear It 5K & 10K – March 7, 2015: A fun way to kick off spring and raise money for a good cause too. Healthy Beginnings puts on this event to raise money for their amazing organization providing health screenings for pre-K age kids.
Mastondon Trail Race – March 8, 2015: Sorry y’all – this 10-ish mile race is SOLD OUT. Get on it, and sign up for next year’s event, as this is put on by Superfit Productions. Yep – Super Dave.
St. Patrick’s Day Dash – March 14, 2015: St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until the 17th, but we guarantee there will be plenty of Deschutes Brewery Beer and green running gear at this one.
St. Patrick’s Day Dash participants
Gorge Waterfalls 100K – March 28, 2015: RunningBend.com will be covering this race for Ultrasportslive.tv. Lots of Bend ultrarunners will be competing, so stay tuned!