Race Preview: Bend Beer Chase

We posted on Facebook a few times in previous weeks about notification and registration information for the Inaugural Bend Beer Chase. This is the newest relay race put on by Cascade Lakes Race Group, the same people who run the Cascade Lakes Relay and Spokane to Sandpoint Relay. Run Oregon has put together a team and will be out in the high desert to take in some running and beer drinking. Here is a little bit of what to expect:

The Bend Beer Chase is the latest installment of the hotness that it one day relays. The 70 mile relay will actually take runners through three cities (Bend, Redmond, and Sisters) and hit the following breweries (and one distillery):


There are no aid stations along the course, so teams will be responsible for carrying their own food and water. However, they will have some aid in certain spots where there the van may not be able to reach the runner. But with the legs being short in general, I wouldn’t expect this to be much of a major problem.

Runners can compete anywhere from tackling the course solo (craziness) up to teams of 6. There are 12 total legs as teams complete the “counterclockwise triangle” through the heart of Central Oregon. Even though relays can be viewed as “difficult” to the casual runner, you don’t have to be a seasoned relay participant to partake in the fun. Legs range in distance from 8.36 miles to 2.42 miles – meaning that there are distances and difficulty for every skill level. There are also a variety of different divisions to compete in so no one will be left out.

One GREAT feature is that following the 12 legs, there is a 6k jaunt where teams run TOGETHER between the final 6 breweries!  Although the official relay race finishes timing after the 12th leg at Crow Feet Commons, this is where your van will be dropped off and all team members will run the remaining 5 legs together. This allows everyone to experience the success of finishing a relay race! You can take your time doing this final stretch, as it is untimed (shoot- refueling at each of the last 5 breweries sounds totally awesome if you ask me)! You can also choose to just run the 6k event instead of the full relay – or maybe you can have your non-relay interested friends and family meet you in the afternoon and run the final 6k with them!

The race is expected to sell out, even though registration just recently opened on September 1. If you are concerned you can’t fill a team with friends and family this close to the race, there is a Find a Teammate section to assist. As with most races, each team (sans 6k only, individual runners, or duos) will be required to provide a volunteer for a 4-6 hour shift. A penalty of $300 will be assessed if you don’t provide one, so make sure you sweet talk someone. I mean, how hard would it be to convince someone to come to Bend and hang out and drink beer?! You can also utilize the Hire a Volunteer Program for $100.

The post-race fun will feature beer from all breweries involved (duh), as well as beverages from Hmmm Kombucha and Bendistillery. There will also be a BBQ and food trucks ready to refuel you. Expect music and lawn games as well. Amazing!

Although the RD’s are well-versed in doing relays (obviously), they are humble enough to realize that there are always unforeseen kinks in new races. If you take on the captaining duties and complete a feedback survey, you will have lifetime guaranteed entry! Follow the race on Facebook here.

The first race increase is on September 14, 2014. Register now and be on the lookout for the Run Oregon team!

Bend Beer Relay (Bend, Redmond, Sisters)
When: Race starts at on Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: Start at Worthy Brewing, Finish at Crux Fermentation Project
Register: Online here; Prices below –

(before Sept 14th)
(Sept 15-28)
(Sept 29 – Oct 8)
Individual (6Keg) $35 $40 $45
Relay Team 1-2 (70 miles) $175 $200 $225
Relay Team 3-4 (70 miles) $350 $375 $400
Relay Team 5-6 (70 miles) $500 $550 $600
About Matt Rasmussen (1612 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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