Race Preview: 2019 Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival (Sunriver)

It’s been close to two decades since I ran the Pacific Crest Half Marathon, and it still stands out in my mind as a memorable event. As I struggled through the heat and questioned my abilities that day, I looked around at several others and remembered that we were the lucky ones to have the strength to do it. There was so much going on for that sports festival weekend, and it was inspiring to see so many great athletes out there doing what they do best. Since then, the 2019 Pacific Crest Triathlon & Weekend Sports Festival has many more events to choose from. Whether you run, swim, bike, or do all of the above, you should be able to find something to challenge you the weekend of June 28th – 30th.

It’s the 23rd year of the annual Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival, and it’s become quite an event in Sunriver, OR. Considered “jewel of multisport events in the Northwest,” people travel from all over to participate in this weekend event. Pick your passion and do the 72.3 BEASTMAN, a triathlon, a duathlon, or the AquaBike adventure. If you “just” want to run, you can pick between the Marathon, the Half Marathon, a 5k, a 10k, or even a 28K or 50k trail race. You could also do a bike tour or get your kids involved in a kids race. There are SO many events for everyone that you’re sure to find something to make any active person happy. Check out the course schedule here.

The festivities begin on Friday the 288h with the 28k and 50k Trail Run. Those will start at Wanoga Snow Park with the 50k beginning at 7:00AM and the 28k starting at 7:30AM. The tour de Crest Bike Tours (26 and 55 miles) will also begin at 7:30AM at the SHARC. The Kid’s Splash Pedal-n-Dash for youth 12 and under starts at 4:00PM at the SHARC.

Saturday the 29th will be the Marathon and Half Marathon at 7:00AM in Sunriver Village. The 72.3 BEASTMAN Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike will start at 8:00AM at Wickiup.

Finally, Sunday the 30th will be the Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike as well as the Ultra-Sprint Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike at 8:00AM at Wickup. The 5k starts at 8:30AM and the 10k starts at 8:45AM in Sunriver Village and the Kids Dashes (1 mile and ½ mile options) will start at 8:00AM at the finish line in Sunriver Village.

The Village shopping area in Sunriver will also be transformed into a Sports & Fitness Expo that weekend, with awesome gear, clothes, health products, food and more for your perusal. There will also be delicious food and beer available at the Deschutes Brewery Beer Garden and live entertainment  throughout the weekend. There will be a FREE sunset concert on Friday and Saturday nights open to all.

This event does SELL OUT often, (and there is only enough room for 1,000 bikes in the multi-sport events if that’s your jam) so register as soon as you can and plan to have lots of fun in Sunriver this summer!


What: 2019 Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival

When: June 28th-June 30th, 2019. Start times vary.

Where: 57100 Beaver Dr, Sunriver, OR 97707

Cost: Prices range depending on event. Check out the registration link for cost.

Register: Here 

Packet Pick-Up: Sunriver Village, packet pick up/registration tent next to Bank of the Cascades and Beer Garden. Times vary depending on event. Please remember your ID and USAT membership (if applicable.)

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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