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Race Preview: 2017 Happy Girls Trail Half Marathon and 5k (Sisters)

If you’ve ever wanted to run through beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest on a crisp fall morning, the Happy Girls Run in Sisters may be right up your alley. Offering a trail half marathon and a road 5k, this women’s event takes place on Saturday November 4th.

The fun starts with packet pickup and Girls Night Out at Five Pine Lodge in Sisters. Runners can pick up their bib and swag bag, then browse the vendor booths and have some drinks from Three Creeks, Bendistillery, and Atlas Cider.

The 5k race starts and ends at Five Pine Lodge at the east end of Sisters, and the course takes you along paved roads within the town of Sisters and has one aid station around the half way point. Logistics for the half marathon are a little bit trickier: The race starts at Peterson Ridge, where there is absolutely no parking. All half marathon participants will receive a shuttle ticket and take the shuttle from Sisters Elementary School up to the start. Shuttles start running at 7:15am, and the last shuttle leaves at 8:15am. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time! The half marathon course is challenging but very beautiful! It will run on single track forest trails and give you some gorgeous views. Since runners get shuttled up to the start, the course has a net elevation loss of 600ft. The half marathon also finishes at the Five Pine Lodge in Sisters.

After the race, stick around for entertainment, food and drink from local businesses. The awards ceremony for the 5k will start at 10:30, and the half marathon awards will be given at 11:15. There is a 4-hour time limit for the half marathon (18 min/mile pace).

There is very limited parking available at FivePine Lodge and Conference Room on race day. Please do not park in front of the Sisters Athletic Club. Parking is reserved for club members only. Click here for a detailed breakdown of available parking.

Happy Girls Run details:
When: Saturday,  November 4th, 2017.
Start time: 8am shuttle to Half Marathon Start; 9:30am 5k start
Where: Five Pine Lodge, Sisters (map)
What: trail half marathon; road 5k
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: 5k – $40; Half – $85
Registration includes: chip timed race, event shirt, finisher’s  (half marathon), event socks (5k), Finisher’s pint glass, post race food and entertainment, award ribbons three deep in age groups and prizes for overall winners.
Packet pickup: Thursday TBD in Bend; Friday at Five Pine Lodge 4-7pm; day of race – half marathon starting at 6am at Sisters Elementary, 5k starting at 8am at Five Pine Lodge.

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