In the running world, we often speak of races, times and gear, necessary to make it all happen. Occasionally we talk about race organizers, although usually from the perspective of how well or how poorly they managed a particular event. Perhaps not often enough is our mentioning of how race organizers give back to their respective communities. Cascade Relays is an organization that puts on some amazing races, including the Cascade Lakes Relay.
In 2008, founders Scott and Carrie Douglass started the Cascade Relays Foundation as a way to “support local non-profits, school groups, and community organizations in the communities our events travel through.” From 2008 to 2016, the foundation has donated a total of $235,000. This year alone, the foundation is giving $55,000 to several local groups.
This past Thursday evening (October 26), in the taproom of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Scott and Carrie were on hand, with their entire family, to present checks to nearly 20 different entities. The amazing thing here is not only the amount of money that the foundation infuses back into these groups, but how each of these groups is involved with Cascade Lakes and their races. Beyond this is how diverse these groups are, from the East Cascades Back Country Horsemen, who clear trails that ODFW cannot get out to clear, to the Community Shower Truck, that provides hot showers to homeless men and women throughout their community.
The inspiring thing here is knowing that every time you or I run a Cascade Lakes race, we are helping local non-profits and community groups that are an active part in making lives better in their local communities. This goes beyond a single race charity, this is multiple charities who all receive an enormous benefit.
If you are interested in running a Cascade Lakes race, here are their upcoming schedules:
- Bend Beer Chase – June 2nd, 2018
- Cascade Lakes Relay – August 3rd-4th, 2018
- Spokane to Sandpoint Relay – August, 2018
- San Diego Beer Chase – February 24th, 2018
- Centennial Beer Chase – October, 2018