I can’t believe that the 2017 Bend Marathon weekend is mere weeks away. After months upon months of horrible weather, I think that April has snuck on me! Luckily I have put in some good miles along the way, but it’s definitely been a challenge. I am pumped that I will once again be able to have my hard work be put to use in this great race. I ran it back in 2015 and had this to say:
“Trust me, this is the latest addition to YOUR ‘Running Bucket List’. You won’t regret it. Prepare to be blown away.”
There is still time left to register (PRICES GO UP ON APRIL 12th) and we wanted to remind people what is in store.
Courses: As was mentioned in our preview, the courses have changed a little bit and I personally am excited to see some new areas of Bend that I haven’t experienced before. While the courses still get the standard awesome routes near downtown Bend (Drake Park, downtown Wall Street, Old Mill District, Deschutes River), but this year’s full and half marathons will head further south and west then ever before.
Both of the longer distances will head towards Mt. Bachelor on Century Drive (which turns into the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway) before turning west on Washington Drive at mile 6. Runners will merge onto Metolious and continue to about mile 8. Half marathoners will turn north on Skyline Ranch, while full marathoners will head south and meet back up with Century Drive. Runners will do a 7 mile (total) out-and-back with the turnaround spot at Seventh Mountain Resort. Runners will then loop back to the Washington Drive junction (via a little back trail running behind Mt. Bachelor Village Resort. They will once again reach the Skyline Ranch junction and complete the remainder of the course on the same route as the half marathon. The final 6+ miles of each will loop runners around Summit High School, tackle a portion of the West Bend Trail and finish just across the Mirror Pond bridge. The marathon will gain just over 400 feet over the distance and the half marathon 200 feet.
Where to Stay: There are lots of great places to stay in downtown Bend, including those that are mere steps from the starting line. However, when I come over to Central Oregon from the valley, I really love taking in one of the numerous awesome resorts that litter the area. One such location is the Pronghorn Resort, a beautiful property about halfway between (and a little bit east of) Bend and Redmond. They have everything from hotel-type rooms to house rentals (something to definitely consider if coming over to the race with a group of friends).
Their 55,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse (which looks like it was plucked out of a National Park) is the center of the Pronghorn landscape and features a wine tower and amazing views of the surrounding mountain wilderness. Stick around a little after the race and check out their spas and saunas as well. There are a variety of restaurants on site as well, so your carb-loading and refueling can all be done right nearby.
Where to Eat: Coming from the guy who writes monthly posts entitled “Kegs & Legs“, it’s pretty evident that my recommendations would be beer-related. And, anyone who knows anything about Bend knows that this is one of the top 5 cities IN THE NATION when it comes to beer. I mean, Worthy Brewing is putting in a telescope and Bend Brewing is expanding their footprint as well. However, instead of going into depth about individual breweries, I recommend checking out the Bend Ale Trail for all your brewery needs.
Perks: Aside from a great time and sweet course, full and half finishers will get a long-sleeved orange shirt and the 10k/5k finishers will get a sweet blue-green top. The race always has great medals after the race, and there will be plenty for runners along the way. Along the course, Skout Backcountry bars will be available for fueling, and afterwards, recover with Jamba Juice, Humm Kombucha, and beer from Deschutes Brewery.
When: Sunday, April 23, 2017
- Marathon starts at 7:00 am
- Half Marathon starts at 8:30 am
- 10k starts at 9:00 am
- 5k starts at 9:15 am
- All races Start and Finish on Brooks Street, next to Mirror Pond Parking Lot, adjacent to iconic Drake Park in downtown Bend, Oregon!
Cost: Full = $110.00. Half = $95.00. 10K = $65.00. 5K = $35.00
Register: Online through the Bend Marathon website.