Haulin' Aspen is an annual trail run now in its 12th year that takes place in the hills just west of Bend, with three choices of race distance: marathon, half marathon, or half-as (6.5 miles). It sounds like a challenging but beautiful route, starting and finishing at an elevation of 5500 feet and "weav[ing] through the amazing forests and buttes down toward Wangoa Butte and Kiwa Springs." For more on the course description, click here.
This year's race will be Saturday, August 6. The marathon starts at 7:00 a.m., the half marathon at 8:00 a.m., and the half-as at 8:30 a.m. The course cut-off time is 1 p.m. for all events, so (by my estimate) walkers should be able to finish at least the half marathon.
Registration costs $35 for the half as, $50 for the half marathon, and $75 for the marathon. There is a race shirt available for purchase, but it is not included in the registration fee.
One of the Run Oregon bloggers (not me) ran this race last year and noted that it's "fun, but very hilly and dusty."
Haulin’ Aspen (Bend, Oregon)
When: August 6, 2016, at 7 a.m. (marathon), 8 a.m. (half marathon), 8:30 a.m. (6.5 mile)
Where: Wanoga Sno-Park (Snow Play Area), 13 miles west of Bend on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
Register: Online here ($75 for marathon, $50 for half marathon, $35 for 6.5 mile race). Online registration closes August 4. In-person registration will be available on August 5 at Footzone (see below).
Pre-race packet pickup: August 5, 2016, at Footzone, 842 NW Wall Street, Bend, Oregon 97701