In 2013, I competed in my very first triathlon at the Pacific Crest Sports Festival in Sunriver. It was sunny and much warmer than I had planned and to this day it is one of my favorite races. It was challenging, but scenic and beautiful and I can’t think of a better place to relax after a race than Sunriver and the neighboring region of Bend. This year, the Pacific Crest Sports Festival is on the weekend of June 22nd through the 24th. If you’re not familiar with this event, there’s something in it for every athlete seeking a challenge. It’s also a great place for family and for those seeking a weekend getaway.
First some specific details on the events (check here for the full schedule):
On Friday June 22nd, the Pacific Crest festival begins with the 28K & 50K Trail Run starting at 7:00 am at Wanoga Snow Park for the 50K and 7:30 am for the 28K. Also on Friday, the Tour de Crest Bike Tours 26 and 55 miles begins at 7:30 am at the SHARC. These are non-competitive 26 and 55 mile bike rides that offer stunning views along the Long Course and Olympic Distance triathlon bike courses. They are family friendly with very little traffic and a well-maintained, moderate course. Even better, it’s a supported event, so there will be water, energy drinks, fruit, and energy bars along the course.
Another event taking place on the 22nd is the Kid’s Splash Pedal-n-Dash with over 500 kids participating and enjoying the opportunity to cross the same finish line as their parents and grandparents. There is also a 1 mile and 1/2 mile Dash for kids, with the goal of all kids’ races being to offer fun, non-competitive, no pressure events for future generations of multi-sport athletes.
Saturday June 23rd, the sweat sessions continue with the Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10k & 5k Run/Walks. These courses circle Sunriver Resort on wide, paved, scenic bike paths that will take athletes through meadows and forests, past rivers, and beautifully landscaped golf greens. Each course has minimal elevation gain with a fast downhill and flat finish. Runners and walkers will finish the race at the Sunriver Village Mall (Athlete Village) to the cheers of the crowd. Once finished, runners can enjoy the finish line festivities, including the Sports & Fitness Expo with live entertainment.
Also on Saturday, are the 72.3 BEASTMAN Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike. As the jewel of triathlons in the Northwest, the Pacific Crest 72.3 BEASTMAN has become a destination race for athletes from across the nation and around the world. Athletes complete an additional 2 miles on the bike compared to a typical Half Iron, starting at an altitude of 4359 feet above sea level and gaining an additional 2814 feet of elevation during the bike course. Athletes typically deal with high temperatures once they cross the finish line. The BEASTMAN is quite an accomplishment and definitely not for the faint of heart. If you wish to conquer the Pacific Crest BEASTMAN, you are definitely a BEAST and that’s exactly what is announced as you cross the finish line.
Sunday June 24th certainly isn’t a day of rest in Sunriver. The Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike are held that day. Although half the distance of the 72.3 BEASTMAN, the Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike will still challenge athletes while rewarding them with incredible views. Also offered that day are the Ultra-Sprint Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike. The swim and run for the Ultra-Sprint Distances are a 1/2 mile swim and a 5k run, with the usual 28 mile bike. This makes the Ultra-Sprint a little harder than a Sprint Distance and a little easier than an Olympic Distance, a perfect mid-distance. Participants get all the beauty at a manageable distance with energy left to party.
Beyond all that, the backdrop and the vibe that Why Racing puts on is second to none. The band Hit Machine will be there performing both Friday and Saturday nights to get you dancing and the Village Bar and Grill will be overseeing the food and drink area (with free Deschutes beer!).
2018 Pacific Crest Sports Festival Details:
When: Friday June 22nd through Sunday June 24th
Where: 57100 Beaver Dr. Sunriver, OR 97707 (map)
What: Triathlon & Multi-Sports Festival
Registration: Online here
- 28K & 50K Trail Run – 7:00am Sharp at Wanoga Snow Park for the 50K and 7:30am for the 28K!
- Tour de Crest Bike Tours 26 and 55 miles – 7:30am Sharp at the SHARC!
- Kid’s Splash Pedal-n-Dash for kids ages 12 & under – 4:00pm at the SHARC
- 72.3 BEASTMAN Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike – 8:00am at Wickiup
- Marathon & Half Marathon – 7:00am in Sunriver Village by the Registration Tent
- Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike – 8am at Wickiup
- Ultra-Sprint Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike – 8am at Wickiup
- 5K & 10K Run/Walks – 8:30am/8:45am in Sunriver Village by the Registration Tent
- Kids Dashes (1-mile & 1/2-mile) – 8:00am start at the Finish Line in SR Village