By Dusty Trails
We just had a great Pole Pedal Paddle weekend and Happy Girls Half Marathon, and we’re only getting started. Here are our picks for some of the best summer races in Central Oregon.
Next up is one of my personal favorites, the Heaven Can Wait 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer on June 1. The event has grown to become one of the largest 5K races in Central Oregon. Whether you run, walk, or volunteer, the uplifting vibes and overwhelming sense of community are incredible.
After that comes the classic Dirty Half marathon on June 8. This is a local favorite and takes place on the single track trails west of Bend.
Next, we’ve got the Oregon Senior Games. Athletes ages 50 and older can compete in one of the sixteen sports offered. It’s a great chance to test your mettle against other seniors while enjoying a getaway to the outdoor playground of the West. Whether you’re a super-competitive athlete, or just someone looking to stay active, the Oregon Senior Games is a great event to add to your bucket list.
One June 29, take a break from your hard-core training regimen and sign up for the Bite of Bend Beer Run, which takes participants along a 5k race loop through Drake Park to Alpine Physical Therapy and back through Columbia Park, with three beer stops along the way. Finishers are greeted with—you guessed it—another beer! Because it wouldn’t be an event in Bend without craft beer involved.
On the 4th of July, you can work off those BBQ burgers and hot dogs with the Spark Your Heart 5K to support Adult and Children’s Heart Services in Central Oregon.
Another highlight in July is the Deschutes Dash, which offers Olympic and sprint triathlons and duathlons, 5K, 10K, Youth tri and kid’s Splash ‘N Dash on the 26-27th.
Standout races in August are the Haulin’ Aspen Half/7-Miler and the Deschutes Brewery Twilight Run 5K that celebrates the long days and warm temperatures of August. After crossing the finish line, treat yourself to a beer garden featuring Deschutes Brewery’s Twilight Summer Ale, great post race food, and some music to shake your booty to if you have any energy left. On August 24 is the Monkey Face Half Marathon, which features scenic views of Monkey Face and Eastern Oregon’s high desert. Finally, on August 30, check out the 4th Annual Sunriver Marathon for a Cause, Marathon (Boston Qualifier), Two Half Marathons, 10k, 5k, and/or Kid’s Dash, on August 30-31, 2014 in beautiful Sunriver, Oregon.
We’ve got races for the young and old, the marathoners and the walkers, the minors and the beer-connoisseurs. We’ll see you out on the trails!