Race Preview: Bend St. Patrick’s Day Dash


As everyone probably knows, the 2014 Shamrock Run is sold out. Fear not though friends – what other place would single-handedly give Portland a run for its money in the field of beer and fun? Of course, that wonderful place would be Bend.

The Bend St. Patrick’s Day Dash is back for its 4th year on Sunday, March 16. The race will feature both a timed run and untimed run – for both those who want to race, and those who just want to burn some calories before engaging in hoppy deliciousness for the rest of the day. The festivities begin at 8a, and the Deschutes Brewery Pub will be open for coffee, cookies and a shot of stout for participants 21 and older. Nothing screams Irish like drinking at 8am, amiright?!


Map of the Bend St. Patrick’s Day Dash. Check out their website for a bigger version.

The 5k course will actually close down Bond Street, one of the main streets in downtown Bend until Noon, as part of the run and city-wide party/festivities. For those of you familiar with Bend, the race will start and end at Deschutes Brewery and head on the roads along Drake Park and the Deschutes River. It will head over the river and return back along city streets on the West side of the river before looping back around to the start. All-in-all, runners will run through 5 different parks along the way.

Following the race, there will be live music, chili, and a complimentary pint of beer for 21 and older. There will also be a contest for the best costume, as well as “Best Wearing o’ the Green” and prizes for the fastest runners.

All proceeds will benefit the Bethlehem Inn shelter.

Bend St. Patrick’s Day Dash
When: 10:05a for time runners and 10:10a for untimed runners
Where: Deschutes Brewery
Register: Online here; $35

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.