A Marathon. In Bend.

Runners in Bend are finally getting an official road marathon. Well 85% road, anyway.  Bend will see approximately 1,200 runners on the streets this Sunday as it’s officially “Bend Marathon” weekend.

Here’s the quick and dirty deets:

Start time: 7:30am on Sunday

Where:  Oregon and Wall (downtown)

Course:  A quick loop downtown, then it’s out north to OB Riley, and back through downtown. Runners then make their way through the Old Mill and up to Seventh Mountain Resort.  Then it’s up through Tetherow and back to Drake Park for the finish. The course is approximately 85% road, 15% trail.

Packet Pick-up: 4-7pm Today (Friday) and 10-6pm, Saturday at FootZone downtown.

The weather is looking exceptional for running on Sunday, so if you’ve traveled to Bend and you’re wondering if the cloudy, cold weather will disappear, the answer is likely – yes.

Good luck runners – we’ll be interested to see what y’all think of the course. It’s certainly not the fastest, but it’s most definitely a great “BEND” course.

Fish Roundabout Art, Near Deschutes Brewery

Fish Roundabout Art, Near Deschutes Brewery

Boston Marathon Recap & Contest

Today was an incredibly special day in running – one that is near and dear to our hearts, along with many others. The 119th Annual Boston Marathon was today with Lelisa Desisa taking the win in 2:09:17, and Caroline Rotich finishing first for the women in 2:24:55 – an amazing sprint to the finish.  While the day was rainy, spirits soared high.

I guarantee this guy has high spirits.  It's just not easy to get a good photo of someone running. Try it. I dare you.

I guarantee this guy has high spirits. It’s just not easy to get a good photo of someone running. Try it. I dare you.

Locals Bendites who finished the race included:

  • Rod Bien – 2:44:40
  • Katie Bien – 3:09:51
  • Kyle Will – 3:26:31
  • Amanda Bowers – 3:33:26
  • Gayle Vanderford – 3:36:13
  • Laura Gulley – 3:38:12
  • Jason Gulley – 3:39:44
  • Lynette Cauble – 3:41:27

Congrats to all who made the trek to the East Coast for this milestone event.

***In other news, we’ve got a GIVEAWAY. Leave a Reply / Comment below by 5pm tomorrow, and you’ll be entered to win a Stridebox (who doesn’t love a monthly box full of running-related surprises delivered to their mailbox?)

Lake Sonoma 50-mile Preview

Hey y’all – we’ve got a bit to cover.  As you probably heard, Max King qualified for his spot in the marathon Olympic Trials next year, running a smokin’ fast 2:17:32, and placing 9th overall at the L.A. Marathon last month.  He’ll be representing Bend again at Lake Sonoma 50-mile ultra this weekend – going up against another local elite, Ryan Bak.  This will be Ryan’s first 50-miler, and we wish them both the best of luck.  Listen to Max’s pre-race interview with Ultrarunnerpodcast.com here.

Competing in the women’s race, Bend’s own Stephanie Howe will be running for the win, along with Denise Bourassa – one of Picky Bars newest sponsored athletes!

Almost two weeks ago was the Gorge Waterfalls 100K / 50K race weekend.  Bend had quite a participation at the 100K – a Montrail Ultra Cup event.  This meant that the top two men and women finishers all received tickets to Western States. Bendites who finished include Jeff Browning taking 7th overall, finishing in 10:26. Also:

  • Brandon Flanagan – 13:23
  • Rhonda Sundermeier – 13:50
  • Saulius Eidukas – 14:14

These folks are hard core as this is a tough out and back course, with 12,000 feet of elevation gain.

50K-ers from Bend include:

  • Kevney Dugan – 5:39
  • Luke Larsen – 6:24
  • Siiri Berg – 6:32
  • Emily Feenstra – 6:57
  • Amy Clark – 6:58

We were there covering Saturday’s race for USL.tv (check out our archived race footage here), and then running on Sunday.  We enjoyed not only seeing the runners, but how well Bend was represented in the race, as well as volunteers, spectators and pacers.  Lots of amazing folks to watch and cheer on.  Here are some photos of the falls and runners…


Ginger Runner (Ethan Newberry) chasing after lead pack runner Bob Shebest


Elowah Falls

We wrote a recent blog post for Stridebox about our 50K experience – you can check it out here.  Speaking of Stridebox – we’ll be doing a GIVEAWAY in the next day or two, so make sure to check back for details.

Thanks for hanging with us folks, we promise more good stuff to come as race season swings into full gear.


Bend’s got some crazy-fast people running in the L.A. Marathon this weekend. And while it’s supposed to be hot down in SoCal (89 degrees-ish), I have a feeling it’s not going to hamper the efforts of these folks.

Our own Max King will be up against U.S. elite runners like Ryan Hall and Sage Canady. Max will be attempting to qualify for the Olympic Trials (which means running a sub-2:18).

The course of the marathon begins at Dodger Stadium, taking runners through Los Angeles, and finishes at the Santa Monica Pier.

L.A. Marathon - From Stadium to Sea

L.A. Marathon – From Stadium to Sea

Other Bendites running in L.A. include Charmion Freifeld and Kari Strang – two very fast ladies who are both going to represent Bend incredibly well.

We’ll be rooting for you Max, Charmion and Kari – go show L.A. what you’ve got.

Spring (Racing) Has Sprung

Seems as though Spring is officially here with all the races in Bend last weekend. We’ve got links to the results, but here are the top 3 guys and gals from each race:

Grin & Bear It – 5K/Male

  1. Merle Nye:  18:04
  2. Daniel Maton:  18:24
  3. Jason Townsend:  19:17

Grin & Bear It – 5K/Female

  1. Anya Katz:  25:23
  2. Nikila Gaudreault:  26:12
  3. Kathy Hatch:  26:18

Grin & Bear It – 10K/Male

  1. Robbie Donohue:  35:33
  2. Marshall Greene:  37:26
  3. Chuck Coats:  39:55

Grin and Bear it Results

Grin & Bear It – 10K/Female

  1. Jay Whitney:  45:41
  2. Evenlyn Thissel:  50:15
  3. Karen Neibauer: 51:56


Mastondon 10-ish Mile Trail Race – Male

  1. Rob Russell:  1:00:44
  2. Robbie Donohue:  1:04:05
  3. Chad Carroll: 1:06:15
Mastondon 10-ish Mile Trail Race.  Photo: Cory Smith

Mastondon 10-ish Mile Trail Race. Photo: Cory Smith

Mastondon 10-ish Mile Trail Race – Female

  1. Allison Mace:  1:20:05
  2. Stephanie Waritz: 1:20:36
  3. Misha Therrian:  1:21:36

Mastondon 10-ish Mile Trail Race Results

Stephanie Howe and Ryan Bak also represented Bend down at the Way Too Cool 50K in Cool, California – both took home 2nd place finishes. Nice work, you two!!

  • Ryan: 3:10:20
  • Stephanie: 3:47:14
Start of Way Too Cool 50K

Start of 2015 Way Too Cool 50K

King or … Boss?

While many of us were running in the snow this weekend, Max King battled serious rain and mud to win  Atlas Race – SoCal in Temecula, California.  “The Boss” obstacle race win meant Max took home $1,000. Nice work, Max!

Also, it was announced yesterday that KidRunner has selected their ambassadors for 2015, including Max, as well as Ryan and Natalie Bak – both professional runners, and parents of a little one. KidRunner is a jogger that is pulled instead of pushed, and the new design is currently being tested and raced in Bend.



Go Run. In the Snow. And Send Us Your Pics.

We’re sitting here on Friday evening watching a rare sight. Snow is dumping outside. Finally.  Bend hasn’t seen it’s fair share of snow this winter – along with the rest of the western half of the U.S.

We miss running in the snow.  And we miss all that winter brings.  Let’s just say our Costco box of hand warmers is WAY too full considering it’s the end of February.

So here’s our challenge to you, Readers.  Go out tomorrow and run in the snow.  Take advantage of the running in the white stuff, and take some pictures while you’re out there.  We’ll post the ones we receive.

Tag us on Twitter @RunningBend or email them to:  Amy_writes@hotmail.com

Bend Snow Storm February 2014

Bend Snow Storm February 2014

We look forward to seeing how much fun your snow run is tomorrow.  And don’t wait until Sunday – we’re pretty sure it won’t stick around that long.