Running in Central Oregon this summer? Check out this cheap group lodging option through Central Oregon Community College

Central Oregon Community College has a hidden gem the running community needs to know about. Not only is the 2-year college located in sunny, beautiful Bend, but it also boasts a residence hall open to groups from late June through August each year. Wickiup Residence Hall is not your normal dorm. Built in 2015 with a modern flair, the residence hall features suite-style rooms and sweeping mountain views.

The majority of suites sleep 4 people with 2 shared bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Yes, the beds are all Twins but are the XL kind! All suites also feature a common area that works well for gear overflow. Current pricing is $25/person per night, or $100/night for a suite with a max of 4 people. Private bedrooms in a shared suite are available on a limited basis; the cost per person is $40/night. WiFi is included in the room cost and there is also a kitchen lounge and credit-card operated laundry onsite. Linen packages an extra $12/bundle and include: bath towel, hand towels, washcloth, sheets, pillow and blanket. Lodging is available for groups of 10 or more.

COCC is located on the Northwest side of Bend on 200 acres of wooded, high desert terrain. Groups can also work with COCC’s Summer Conference Coordinator to arrange meeting space as well as group meals if needed. Dining options include a 300-person dining hall or catering throughout campus. Other services are available including group check-ins and transportation.

A digital brochure also is available.

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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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