Believe it or not, it’s probably time to start planning for your 2019 relay (or relays) of choice. Since you have your choice of a handful here in the PNW, it’s probably even more imperative that you start thinking about planning. One that has hit its stride is the 5th annual Bend Beer Chase, a 1-day, 55-mile, up to 6-person relay that tours one of the greatest beer and outdoor meccas in the US – and is put on by Cascade Relays (directors of the extremely popular CLR), no strangers to the relay world. And if the ongoing praise for this event are any indication, you should be prepared for exactly the great time you are hoping for!
Run Oregon ran the event last year we had some great things to say:
Even though it was the final wave of the day, Worthy Brewing still had some solid energy and the Cascade Relays and Eclectic Edge timing crews were fantastic.
The beauty of relays is that there are so many options to return and have a completely different running experience. I was happy to put in some of the more challenging legs and the most distance, but as I waited for my teammates at the exchanges, I was super excited to think about how it would feel in future years to cruise into Wild Ride Brewing along the main street in Redmond, take on some Eagle Crest Resort trails, or tackle the Maston Trails. I want those experiences too!
We navigated the final three legs with our fastest three runners, sampled some more beer and cold brewed coffee, and our day finally came to an end as we all joined in to finish with Chuck – our anchor – at Crows Feet Commons. The party was already in full swing, with food and beer choices everywhere, and so many smiles to go around. We picked up our awesome shirts (really digging the creamy yellow/gold), grabbed our medals, Silipint pint and shot glasses, and tasting tokens and reminisced on our day together. I ended up not sticking around too long afterwards (it was already past 6 and I still had to drive back home for the Beaverton Half the following day), but it was quite an awesome scene.
All of the breweries were great along the way. [They] were super happy and energized, even with being out on the course for hours on end. Cascade Relays has modified this race over the first few years of existence, and I think they really put on a great event.
Also consider checking out their Keg Leg, a 2.8 mile jaunt that includes 6-7 breweries that will be serving samples, hosting games, and putting on a good time. Even if your team can’t stick around, the Keg Leg can be run by yourself afterwards. They have always had some amazing Bend breweries and distilleries on board for the race itself, as well as the Keg Leg.
If you are worried about needing to find your required volunteer, or just want to support a local non-profit, you can participate in their popular “Hire a Volunteer” program. It will cost an additional $150 (until 5/1/19 and then goes up again on 6/1/19), but 100% of your donation goes directly to the charities who provide volunteers for the event. The race will work with one of their dozens of community partners to secure AND pay your volunteer to assist with the event so you don’t have to worry about it. Cascade Relays has actually directly donated over $300,000 to local non-profits and community groups since 2008.
In fact, Cascade Relays created their own foundation (Cascade Relays Foundation) in October of this year, which supports local non-profits, school groups, and community organizations in Central Oregon.
We highly recommend you check out their page dedicated to preparing for the race and then start getting your team together! Follow the Bend Beer Chase on Facebook and get yourself ready for beerrunning!
- 1-2 people – $300
- 3-4 people – $600
- 5-6 people – $875