I don’t need an excuse to visit Central Oregon, but for anyone who does, Pacific Crest is a good one. One weekend a year, Sunriver turns the Village into a multi-sport paradise, with triathlons, duathlons and running events. Registration is open for the 18th annual Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival and spots are always limited; this popular Northwest event always fills up.
This event sells out because the course is amazing, AA Sports knows how to put on an event and there are so many race options. A very inclusive event, this is a great option for every level of athlete. The altitude and terrain make it challenging for an avid triathlete, but they also encourage beginners with very generous cut offs. You don’t have to worry about being the last person out of the water, or off the bike, which is part of why I love Pacific Crest. Every shape and size will be out there, just like me, earning their medal.
The weekend options include:
Friday: The Tour de Crest begins at 8AM on Friday, June 27th and cyclists have an option of a 26 mile or 55 mile tour. Kids (under 12) can register for the Kids Splash or Pedal-n-Dash, both taking place on Friday night.
Saturday: The Long Course Triathlon and Endurance Duathlon begin Saturday morning at 9AM. The Long Course Triathlon includes a 1.2 mile swim at Wickiup Reservoir, a 58 mile bike into Sunriver and 13.1 mile run around Sunriver. The Endurance Duathlon includes 58 miles on the bike and a 13.1 mile run. The Half Marathon and Marathon also run on Saturday, June 28th with the Marathon beginning at 7:30AM and the Half Marathon running at 8AM. The events all finish in the Sunriver Village, with music, food and a misting shower.
Sunday: The Olympic Triathlon and Olympic Duathlon are scheduled for Sunday, June 29th and both start at 9AM. The Olympic Triathlon includes a 1.5k swim, 28 mile bike and 10k run, the Endurance Duathlon just takes out the swim. Also on Sunday, there will be a 5k Run at 9AM and 10k Run at 9:15AM.
This really is one of the best weekends of the year to visit Sunriver, unless you don’t care for events. It’s like a celebration weekend for athletes. The whole Village comes to life and the expo is truly one of my favorites, with lots of vendors and other athletes mingling. This year the international band, Hit Machine will be performing in the Village on Friday and Saturday.
Pacific Crest is a great way to get the racing season started. The weather is usually better in Central Oregon, the course is breathtaking up and around Bachelor and the spectators are amazing. There are mile markers to help you keep track and lots of cheering just when you need it, another great reason to have so many people head to Sunriver for the last weekend in June. If you haven’t experienced Pacific Crest, you really should consider it. It’s the perfect event combining many racing options, some for the novice and others for the seasoned athlete. All levels will find an extremely well organized race with super supportive volunteers and spectators and a medal waiting at the finish line. It’s a great way to kick off the summer.