For two weeks every June, the city of Bend hosts the Oregon Senior Games, a sports festival for athletes 50 and over. From June 2 – 17 quinquagenarians (as well as athletes in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond) get a chance to compete in 14 sports, including swimming, golf, basketball, and track and field, in addition to less common athletic pursuits like disc golf, archery, badminton, and indoor rock climbing.
But since this is Run Oregon, not Pickleball Oregon, the focus of this preview will be on the 10k and 5k road races. The road races fall on Sunday, June 10th, on the middle weekend of the Games. In addition to 10k and 5k runs, there will also be a 5k race walk with a separate start. All events start and finish on the grass at the Athletic Club of Bend, located between Century Drive and the Deschutes River, an area familiar to participants in the Cascade Lakes Relay.
The road races are sure to be scenic and invigorating, and the Oregon Senior Games provide participants with an opportunity to try out some other sports, familiar or new, as well as enjoying everything else the Bend area has to offer between competitions. For a more general look at this fun fortnight, you can read my preview of the 2017 event.
When: Sunday, June 10th
Where: The Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr, Bend, OR 97702
What time: 9:00a – 5k / 10k runs; 9:15a – 5k race walk
Registration: $20 per race in addition to the Games fee of $35 through June 2nd. You can register online HERE.