Get away this Labor Day at the 2018 Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause

We recently shared a post about what to do in Sunriver during the Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause, which is coming up on September 1st and 2nd, 2018. We are also working on showcasing the benefits of staying at the Sunriver Resort. However, today we are going to talk about the most important part, the race itself!

The Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause has seen some changes over the years. In addition to the half, 10k, and 5k, there used to be a full marathon, as well as a “double half challenge“, where runners could run the first half of the half on Saturday and the second half on Sunday. Over time however, these focuses have slowly shifted and now the event features a their Half as the Sunday event, and the shorter distances on Saturday. My wife and I will be taking all three kids over this Labor Day, which will be awesome. We will have to be back for a wedding on Sunday, so will likely be missing the half – one of my most frequently ran events. However, it will be fun to go back to where it all started on my first trip to Sunriver – the 10k. If you don’t have plans this upcoming September, get to planning your trip to Central Oregon ASAP!

This is the 8th running of this event, of which I have participated in 4 previous years (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), and it seems to keep getting better while staying true to what makes it great. The race courses for all distances appear to have stayed the same (and I believe the 10k is a double loop of the 5k, though it’s not listed on the map). Here is some of my recap from 2015:

The course, like usual, was fabulous. It is settings like these that I wish I had easy access to a camera as we ran along the waterways, golf courses, and beautiful fields. The early morning mist drifted off the grass as the earth warmed up, creating an aura of awesome. Mt. Bachelor loomed in the distance and there was one point right around mile 4 that I really just wanted to stop running and stare. It’s hard to even describe the beauty of this route. It was just perfect.

[I]t was amazing how the miles flew by. I found myself lost within the beauty of the area.
The finish line is, in my opinion, one of the best post-race areas in the state – with amazing views and an intimate feel. Again, from my 2015 recap:
The after-party consisted of receiving our medal and pint glass. That glass was quickly filled up with beer provided by 10 Barrel Brewing, and my stomach was filled with a ton of great post-race faire – from chocolate milk and bananas, to granola, pretzels, and fruit – it was a nice little smorgasboard. Results were done quickly, which was nice. There were also portable heaters in the finisher’s area which were appreciated by runners and spectators alike. This race has clearly mastered their craft and puts on an amazing race with unique experiences, great volunteers, and all the details covered.

I also recommend checking out Sunriver Resort’s Half Marathon package. My family and I have stayed there before and LOVED it. Here are some of my thoughts on it:

While I have stayed a few times in the numerous vacation rentals within Sunriver, this was the first year actually staying at the resort. Out lodging was a two-story town home of sorts with two queens and a bathroom upstairs, as well as a queen pull-out, bathroom, and kitchen downstairs. We stocked our mini-fridge with snacks and meals for our stay – effectively cutting out the cost of eating out all the time (though we did manage to eat at Sunriver Brewing Company – of course). It fit our family well, and was literally a 30 second walk from the starting line. And of course, it had this view from our balcony.

This package is geared up and ready for runners. Right now the package runs around $269/night (plus resort taxes) and includes so many awesome things:

  • Steps from the Start and Finish line
  • Resort Discounts
  • Access to the COVE pool and Sage Springs Club and Spa
  • Bib/Packet Room Delivery
  • $20 Dinner Voucher
  • Late-check out (such an underrated amenity)

Follow the event on Facebook here. If you have yet to experience the awesomeness that is the Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause, don’t delay – you won’t regret it.

When: September 1-2 2018
Where: Sunriver Resort
Register: Online here;
  • Half – $85
  • 10k – $60
  • 5k – $50
About Author

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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