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Race Preview: 2019 Happy Girls Run (Bend)

If Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” wasn’t already on your running playlist (you mean you haven’t spent the last few weeks inhaling both the documentary and live album versions of Homecoming?), perhaps it will be as you train for the Happy Girls Run on Memorial Day weekend in Bend.

Happy Girls Run is a series of races that celebrate of the strength and camaraderie of women while raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Bend. While the race is geared toward women, runners of all genders can participate in the 5k, 10k, or half marathon, and kids can run shorter distances based on age (50 yards for ages 3-4, 500 yards for ages 5-7, or 1.5k for ages 8-10). Similar events are hosted in Spokane, WA and Sisters, OR, and runners receive a discount for participating in multiple cities.

The scenic course in Bend along the Deschutes River provides gorgeous views and a variety of surfaces including pavement and well-groomed paths. Aid stations will be every few miles with GU Brew, GU gels, and water. Additionally, races are chip-timed, and Happy Pacers will help runners meet their racing goals.

Finishers of all races will be rewarded with unique and attractive swag. Half marathoners receive a race tee and a one-of-a-kind finishers necklace, while the 5k and 10k finishers receive a pair of commemorative socks. After the race, runners can participate in yoga offered by Namaspa, or simply enjoy the complimentary music, beer, cocktails, and catered food.

To celebrate your own strength and the collective strength of women this Memorial Day, head to Bend (then Spokane and Sisters) to race with all the happy girls in your life!

What: Happy Girls Bend

Distance: Half marathon, 10k, 5k, kids runs (1.5k, 500 yards, 50 yards)

Where: Riverbend Park 799 SW Columbia St, Bend, OR 97702

When: May 25th, 2019

Packet Pick Up:

  • Friday, May 24th from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 10 Barrel East Side Pub 62950 NE 18th St, Bend, OR 97701
  • Saturday, May 25th at 7:00 am at Riverbend Park 799 SW Columbia St, Bend, OR 97702

Start Time:

  • Half marathon – 9:00 a.m.
  • 10k – 9:15 a.m.
  • 5k – 9:30 a.m.
  • Happy Little Kids ages 3-4 (50 yards) – 12:00 p.m.
  • Happy Little Kids ages 5-7 (500 yards) – 12:15 p.m.
  • Happy Little Kids ages 8-10 (1.5k) –12:30 p.m.

Cost: (prices noted for day of registration. Discounts available for advanced registration, group registration, or bundled registration for multiple Happy Girl races)

  • Half marathon – $95
  • 10k – $60
  • 5k – $50
  • Happy Little Kids Run – $5

Registration: Online no later than May 25th. Same day registration is available near the start line.

About Kate Ellingsen (26 Articles)
Running brings me immense joy and peace. Like the fabled tortoise, my pace is slow and steady. I ran my first marathon in 2011, then lost my focus following a cross country move in 2012, gradually working my way back to 26.2 miles. I have no aspirations of qualifying for the Olympics or even Boston. The road is big enough for all runners, and my only goal is to be happy and well. Location: Portland, OR 26.2 x 6 13.1 x 11

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