It’s Back! A Run Oregon preview of the 2015 Bend Beer Chase

You don't have to enjoy beer to enjoy The Bend Beer Chase, but it couldn't hurt.  This one day relay starts out at Worthy Brewing in Bend, Or (craft-brew capital of the west) and continues along roads, trails and even a little run through some suburban neighborhoods.  Runners will witness all kinds of scenic views in Redmond and Sisters and back to Bend again for the finish party at Crux Fermentation Project.  At each exchange, participants (minus the designated driver) can sample some of the craft beers the participating breweries have to offer. The event consists of 12 legs of varying distances from 4 to 8 miles for a course total of just over 70 miles.  (For specifics on leg distances and to view the course map, check out Bend Beer Chase's website here.)

I ran this last year and had an amazing time with my fun teammates.  Living in the Portland area, I would highly recommend scoping out a hotel to stay the night before the race so you can commute to the start line with ease and without too much race-day-stress and trying to get to the start line on time.  I admit that in 2014, I entered this event with my lacking (or absolutely no) knowledge of beer and had never visited Bend before.  Mark your calendar and make this event something fun for you and your best running mates.  You won’t regret it.  I learned so much about beer and how the different quality and quantity of ingredients (barley, hops, malt, yeast…. you get the idea) can affect the flavor and color.  I also got to see some pretty amazing views on this running journey and enjoyed the desert landscape and I enjoyed a part of Oregon I am not very familiar with. You can check out my team’s recap of last year’s adventures right HERE.

Registration is now open and you’ll want to jump on before the first price increase on April 1st.  Team mates will also want to have shirt sizes entered in by this date as well to ensure shirt sizes.

Breweries involved in this year’s event include:

  • Worthy Brewing
  • Wild Ride Brewing
  • Juniper Brewing
  • Smith Rock Brewing
  • Three Creeks Brewing
  • Solstice Brewing
  • Bendistillery
  • Riverbend Brewing
  • Bend Brewing
  • Silver Moon Brewing
  • Deschutes Brewing
  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Boneyard Brewing
  • Atlas Cider
  • Crux Fermentation Project

(Editor’s Note: I have drunk at EVERY one of these, and they are all fantastic).

After finishing the relay, teams can run (walk, waddle or crawl) the final “beer leg” and enjoy samples from 6 of the breweries.  However you and your team choose to finish this last leg, don’t doddle!  The course closes at 6:30pm and samples run dry at that point too, so hurry over to the finish line to enjoy the awards, after party and live music.

 

Race Details:
When:  June 6, 2015
Where:  Start at Worthy Brewing
Website:  Bend Beer Chase/Cascade Lakes Relay
Registration:  varying prices for team size and opportunities to just participate in the “keg leg”.  Click here for registration details, fees and deadlines.

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