I am so pumped to be heading back over to participate in my 4th Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause this upcoming September. We went over last year, but the fire season caused a postponement due to very poor air quality. While I love going for the running experience, heading over to Sunriver is an easy sell to my wife and kids, as they love having our last summer vacation being a little out-of-town Labor Day vacation at an amazing location.
It is relatively easy to stay in Bend, but it makes for a pretty long drive to the race and all the weekend’s festivities. We have also done a local vacation rental home, which is amazing (especially if you are going with a group), but can get pretty pricey depending on the size, location, and cleaning fee. This year, my family is once again opting for staying at the Sunriver Resort – the official lodging of the event and the host of the start/finish and all the related race festivities. My family and I are very eager to take advantage of all that they have to offer.
Their Half Marathon Package is geared up and ready for runners. Right now the package runs around $270/night (plus resort taxes) and includes so many awesome things:
My kids LOVE the pool in Sunriver. In fact, we spend most of our non-running free time there as a result. The pool was updated very recently and looks even more amazing. My wife loves the spa. I figure since I come over for “me” things, she can enjoy a “her” thing. Staying at the resort allows access to both these places at no cost.
- Steps from the Start and Finish line
This is one of the nicest advantages for staying at the resort. Even staying in a vacation rental necessitated dedicating time in the morning to drive, find parking, and walk to the start, followed by the reverse afterwards when I’m hot, smelly, and tired. We have heard stories about runners who were late to the race and race staff actually parked her car for her as she ran to the join the race. I always have nightmares about this, so I’m happy this will be one year I should be able to sleep soundly. And it also means that my family can have the car while I am out there on the course.
- Late-check out
This is automatic and something that is vastly underrated. No need to worry about leaving the post-race festivities early so you can meet your check out time.
- VIP Bib/Packet Room Delivery & In-room amenity
The race expo is small and worth checking out, but if you register with the package, your bib and packet will be special delivered to your room – taking one more thing off your plate.
- $20 Dining Credit
This can be used the night before the event as a fuel session, or after the event as a celebratory pig-out. They have a bunch of solid restaurants – from quick and easy options to upscale faire.
In addition to discounts at the Sage Springs Spa & Club, you can also save some money at the Merchant Trader Retail shop. Last, but certainly not least, book a package and get your race fee included in your package! The half, as a standalone cost, runs $85 – so this is a great deal when you include that in your deal.
All-in-all, wherever you stay will be great, as long as you are making it out to this great event. But with all the perks of staying at the Sunriver Resort, I am even more ecstatic this year than before. Hope to see you out there at the race, pool, spa, or restaurant this upcoming Labor Day!