Race Preview: 2015 Bend Salmon Run

One of the oldest organized races in Central Oregon, The Bend Salmon Run is celebrating its 27th year and is once again benefitting The Environmental Center. The Salmon Run has always been about the local salmon migration and the education of the locals about the journey the salmon must make each year during this season. The race organizers can honestly boast that this is usually one of the first half marathons of the year on this side of the mountains, while also offering a 10K and 5K distance.

It's all about the fish!

Personally, I love salmon, especially fresh off the BBQ. Even as I write this, I am compelled to pick up some soon, maybe I’ll run over and get some…maybe right after the race. This year’s event is once again put on by the great people at Lay It Out Events, who are responsible for a few popular races and events here in Central Oregon, including the ultra huge Balloons over Bend that takes place in July.

This year’s race will use the same courses as previous years and the 5K is once again a USATF sanctioned event. Because of the course, the half marathon is perfect for fast times and the scenery along the river is spectacular, especially as you make your way along the southern end of the courses down past Bill Healy bridge. Following the 3 main events, there will be the Little Fry Run for all the little runners out there.

Riverbend Park.

What: Salmon Run – 5K, 10K or Half Marathon

Where: Deschutes River corridor, near Riverbend Park and the Old Mill

When: Sunday April 12th. Half starts at 9am. 10K starts at 9:15. 5K starts at 9:30. Awards start at 10:15 (5K), 10:45 (10K) and 11:30 (Half)

Cost/Register: 5K = $30, 10K = $35, Half = $40. Click here to register.

About Drew Roberts (193 Articles)
Insanely happy husband & father. Trail running junkie. Ultramarathon rookie. Saved by grace.
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