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Race Preview: 2019 Oregon Winterfest Royal Run

Image courtesy of the Winterfest site

Bend OR is a well known playground in the Pacific Northwest that caters to outdoor enthusiasts. With the Oregon Winterfest, a 3 day celebration starting on February 15th, they have numerous activities, including the Royal Run 5K and a special Hot Cocoa run for the kids. The Royal Run will take place along the Deschutes River on groomed trails and pavement. Starting at noon, it is perfect for the more casual runner that prefers to sleep in. The $30 ($33 after fees) entry even covers admission to the festival!

Registration is currently open, on their site here. Day of event registration on Saturday the 16th will be $35. Souvenir glasses will be given to the first 200 registrants, and a complimentary beverage is part of the perks at the end of the run. The Bent Lounge will be the site of some post race festivities.

The race above is geared towards adult participants, so they have a separate Hot Cocoa run for kids 3-10 years of age.  There will be separate race for the age groups. It will be run on Sunday the 17th, and costumes are encouraged. All finishers will receive a ribbon and cup of hot chocolate. This event is also part of the PacificSource Kids Rock the Races Series.

As mentioned above, these runs are part of a big Winter Fest event. Consisting of a variety of activities, including live music, shows, ice sculptures, fire pits, wine walk, outdoor market and more. The festival literally has activities for all ages and walks of life. It is put on by Lay It Out Events, raising money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Central Oregon. The event definitely qualifies as a weekend runcation for a cause.

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