Over the years, I have run a few races in Bend, OR and every time I run, I am always blown away by the beauty and scenery Bend has to offer. This year, I decided to run in the Bend Marathon and Half, in the 10K distance. The event had a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K option.
The weather on race day could not be any better. It was crisp and cool in the morning, and gradually increased in temperature throughout the day. The race started and finished near Drake Park. My race started at 9:00 am. The course was relatively flat and weaved through neighborhoods, and downtown Bend. The course was beautiful, at one point during the race, you could see Mt. Bachelor and stroll alongside the Deschutes River. It was a very quick 10K course. There was enough aid stations and restrooms, and the volunteers were amazing. Everyone was very helpful and cheering throughout the course.
Once finished with the race, I was greeted by my family. I felt that I had a strong race, although the altitude and elevation did get to me. Once crossing the finish line, participants were greeted by volunteers handing them their medals and congratulations. The medals were very neat and featured Mt. Bachelor and the distance ran. After getting the medals, they had a table full of post race snacks, muffins, bagels, cookies, banana, you name it, they had it. They also had waters and smoothies from Jamba Juice available for the runners.
After getting my medal, I wanted to check out some of the booths, grab a beer, and check my time. They had a variety of booths there, and they were all very accommodating to my 2 and 4 year old. I checked my time and couldn’t believe the time. It was my fastest 10K to date, with a time of 46:17.17. I placed 19th out of 303. Maybe the altitude and elevation didn’t impact me as much as I thought.
Next time you are considering running a race in Bend, I highly suggest Bend Marathon and Half. It is a very well run event, has a great post race party, and has some of the most beautiful scenery in the area!