I am so pumped to be heading back over to participate in my 4th 2017 Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause this upcoming September. While I generally love going for the running experience, heading over to Sunriver is an easy sell to my wife and kids, as they love having our last summer vacation being a little out-of-town Labor Day vacation at an amazing location. Make sure to read Annette’s preview of the event, held September 2-3, 2017.
We have personally stayed in Bend before, which makes for a pretty long drive to the festivities and the race. It’s not always the most fun to wake up super early and drive in for an early start. We have also done a local vacation rental, which is amazing (especially if a few people are going with you), but can get pretty pricey depending on the size, location, and cleaning fee. This year, my family is opting for staying at the Sunriver Resort – the official lodging of the event and the host of the start/finish and all the related race festivities. I, and my family, are very eager to take advantage of all that they have to offer.
Their Ready to Race Package is geared up and ready for runners. Right now the package runs around $300/night (plus resort taxes) and includes so many awesome things:
My kids LOVE the pool in Sunriver. In fact, we spend most of our non-running free time there as a result. The pool was updated very recently and looks even more amazing. My wife loves the spa. I figure since I come over for “me” things, she can enjoy a “her” thing. Staying at the resort allows access to both these places at no cost.
- Steps from the Start and Finish line
I think this will be one of the nicest advantages for staying at the resort. Even staying in a vacation rental necessitated dedicating time in the morning to drive, find parking, and walk to the start, followed by the reverse afterwards when I’m hot, smelly, and tired. I heard stories last year about a girl who was late to the race and race staff actually parked her car for her as she ran to the join the race. I always have nightmares about this, so I’m happy this will be one year I should be able to sleep soundly.
- Bib/Packet Room Delivery & In-room Amenity
The race expo is small and worth checking out, but if you register with the package your bib and packet will be special delivered to your room.
- $20 Dining Credit
This can be used the night before the event as a fuel session, or after the event as a celebratory pig-out. They have a brand new restaurant that just opened up earlier this year, and I’m sure their food will be fantastic.
- Late-check out
This is automatic and something that is vastly underrated. No need to worry about leaving the post-race festivities early so you can meet your check out time.
They are also touting discounts for Sage Springs Spa & Club and the Merchant Trader Retail shop.
- Race Discount
Last, but certainly not least, book a package and get your race fee included in your package! The half, as a standalone cost, runs $80 – so this is a great deal when you include that in your deal.
All-in-all, wherever you stay will be great, as long as you are making it out to this great event. But with all the perks of staying at the Sunriver Resort, I am even more ecstatic this year than before. Hope to see you out there at the race, pool, spa, or restaurant this upcoming Labor Day!