Race Preview: 26th Annual Bend Salmon Run 5/3/2014 (Bend, Oregon)

2014 Salmon Run Shirt (Availble for $15 purchase)

2014 Salmon Run Shirt (Availble for $15 purchase until 4/5/14 or $20 on race day)

Bend. I love visiting Bend. Well now you can make the trip the Bend to participate in the Salmon Run, occurring on Saturday, May 3. This event will host half-marathon, 10k and 5k, and a kids run, aptly named the “Little Fry” run. Early bird pricing expires April 7, so register before then to take advantage of the extra green in your pocket, as well as the opportunity to win 2-day passes to Mt. Bachelor (sweet!).

Here’s the low down on the event. This year’s Salmon Run will be the 26th annual event! Oregon is so lucky to have wonderful salmon traverse through our waterways, and this race celebrates the struggles salmon overcome while migrating back to their home every year. The wording on the event page is perfect to describe this event, “Join us in celebrating that amazing expedition at the 26th Annual Salmon Run!”

I agree. What an awesome way to celebrate the spirit of the salmon. A courageous, strong, unstoppable being that pushes that incredible odds to make it home. Runners do that, too, right? Yes, we do. So “choose your own migratory distance” and register for the half-marathon, 10k or 5k before the pricing goes up on April 7th.

The events begin at Riverbend Park in Bend. The course will take you along the Deschutes River corridor – and you might see some salmon splashing around in it! The courses will consist of both dirt, as well as paved trails (remain on the sidewalk when available). Stroller runners, please think twice about signing up for the half-marathon or 10k – the course is incredible, but not advisable to run towing a stroller in front of you. Make sure to view the spectacular course maps for all the distances. You’ll see huge Ponderosa pine trees, the Deschutes river trail system, and incredible native plants. You won’t even know you’re running while admiring all the beauty. And don’t forget – the kids have their own run, too!

Half-marathoners need to be to the start line at 9 a.m., 10k’ers at 9:15 a.m., and 5k participants at 9:30 a.m. The Little Fry Run will begin at 12-noon. Age group awards will be handed out for overall male and female winners, including masters. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three in each age group/male and female.

Post race refreshments will be provided! At the finish line you will find catering by Vanilla Pine Catering, which will include a delectable Cuban black bean veggie chili with salsa and sour cream.

The 26th Annual Salmon Run beneficiary is The Environmental Center. In 2013, over $3,000 was provided to them after the race. Amazing!

Get registered for this wonderful race, and show the salmon that us runners are as tough as they are!

Day of Race: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. start for half-marathon, 9:15 a.m. start for 10k, 9:30 a.m. start for 5k, “Little Fry” Kids Run at 12-noon.
Distances: Half-marathon, 10k, 5k, kids run
Cost (through 4/6/14): Half-marathon $35; 10k $30; 5k $25; “Little Fry” kids run $5 or free with adult race entry. Online registration closes 5/1/2014.
Register: Click here to register



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