Despite the name, this event carries no gender or sex bias – it is for males or females and does not necessitate a partner. For example:
- The ‘Better Half’ (male/female partners),
- BFFs (female/female partners),
- Man Crush (male/male partner)
The route is completely paved on paved trails or quiet residential streets, and is actually 6.55 miles in length. This means that the 1/4 marathon will complete one lap, the half marathoners will complete two, and the relay event will allow both runners to run exactly the same course. Runners will remain clear of the main highway through town, which is good as anyone who has driven through experiences the Sisters bottleneck as the speed limit slows.
There will be two aid stations on the loop, plus an additional aid station for half marathoners on their second loop. There is some awesome swag (if I do say so myself) as all finishers will receive an engraved pint glass and a free beer from Hop ‘n Bean. They will be on site to provide food and local beers as well. Overall winners and division winners will receive an engraved growler (I will be going as fast as I can for sure this race). There will also be some sweet raffle prizes, of which there are Sisters rodeo tickets and a stay at the beautiful Five Pines Lodge!
Sisters is only a town of 2000, but 2014 saw about 150 runners compete! Thanks to great RD’s for this event, as well as organizers of other groups like Sisters Multi-Sport, there about 5-10 unique events per year here. From the St. Pattie’s Shamrock Runs to the Swim Across Suttle to the Peterson Ridge Rumble, Sisters really is an outdoor race enthusiast’s dream. And you can’t really “do” Sisters without basking in those majestic mountain views as well.
I imagine that the town of Sisters will be out supporting runners and giving this race the local touch. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters High School Swim Team. Follow the race on Facebook for updates as well.