I am so pumped to be heading back over to participate in the Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause again this year. We went over in 2017, but the fire season caused a postponement due to very poor air quality, and returned again in 2018 for an absolutely beautiful event. 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.
There is even a “Ready to Race” Sunriver Half Marathon lodging package, which includes:
- 1PM late check-out on Sunday, September 1st
- Discounted race entry
- $20 dining credit
- VIP race packet delivery to your room
- Discounts at Sage Springs Club & Spa and Merchant Trader Gift Shop
- In-room amenity
- Access to the COVE pool and Sage Springs Lap Pool & Spa
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. There is also a fitness center within the Spa, as well as lap swimming, and staying at the resort allows access to both these places at no cost (aside from the Spa services 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 necessitates dedicating time in the morning to drive, finding parking, and walking 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 cars for people as they ran to the join the race. I always have nightmares about this, so the ability to sleep soundly and make it to the start line in sheer minutes is a huge plus. And it also means that my family can have the car while I am out there on the course.
With all the perks of staying at the Sunriver Resort, I continue coming back and never regretting my decision. Hope to see you out there at the race, pool, or spa this upcoming Labor Day!