Race Preview: 2019 Deschutes River 25k/50k (Bend)

The beautiful Deschutes National Forest in Bend provides an amazing backdrop to the 2019 Deschutes River 25k/50k on October 19th this year. The trails, as most people who’ve been to Bend know, are phenomenal, and if you’re looking to get outside in the Pacific Northwest, this race will afford you a very scenic visit.

Both the 50k and 25k will start and end at 7:00AM at LOGE Entrada and travel South toward the Deschutes River. Runners will parallel the river for awhile, and will be treated to single-track trails and fire roads through gorgeous groves, meadows, and ponderosas. The second half of each distance is mostly downhill, which will be a welcome break for your legs. These are well-traveled trails, so don’t be surprised to see some foot traffic between hikers, dogs, and hours out there. Please yield the right-of-way to other trail users.

The 50k will present runners with an elevation gain of about 3,800 feet with the majority of the gains in one gradual climb to the midpoint of the course. Sneak a peak of Mt. Bachelor at the top! Check out the course map here. The 25k has some modest elevation gains of approximately 1,300 feet of ascent. Check that course map out here. There is a 50k cutoff time of 5:00PM, and there is no cutoff for the 25k.

There will be a drop bag option between 5:30AM and 6:45AM on race morning and runners are allowed  access to it at ONE of two aid stations (at Junction 43/mile 12.8 OR Junction 35/mile 20.7. Your bag should be no larger than the size of a shoebox and you’ll need to label your first & last name, the aid station, and your bib number on it. Bags will be transported back to the start/finish at approximately 12:00PM.

There will be 4 to 6 aid stations, depending on the distance you’re running. They will be well stocked with Tailwind, water, soda, fruit, chips, deli meat, candy, cookies, potatoes, goldfish, cheese, and gummy bears. There will also be electrolyte/sale pills, antacids, Vaseline, tap, and even sunscreen available for your use. Please do note that this race is cupless so PLEASE bring your own drinking vessel.

There’s an optional bib pick-up the Friday before the race at the FootZone in Bend from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. There’s also check-in and bib pick-up on race day from 5:30AM to 6:45AM and check in IS REQUIRED Saturday even if you got your bib Friday. Photo ID will be required and you may NOT pick up someone else’s bib.

Pacers and crew will not be allowed on the course, but spectators are welcome at the start and finish area, as the event will be very family friendly! Dogs also are welcome here but not on the course.

If you chose to stay on site for the race, lodging will be available at the LOGE Entrada for a discounted rate. Use promo code Everlong15 to take advantage of this offer. There will also be plenty of camping available in the Deschutes National Forest within a 15 minute drive away.

There will be “live” but delayed and spotty runner tracking available at some aid stations, but cell service is very hit or miss out there, so please go in expecting that updates will be sporadic.

$5 from every race registration will go to a local trail stewardship organization, The Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA)  which maintains the Bend trails.

The top winners will get gift certificates to FootZone in downtown Bend, and there’s a “newbie” award for the man and woman who set a new distance PR. Around 3:00PM, food, music, and beers will be available at the finish, so stick around and celebrate your glorious finish!!



What: 2019 Deschutes River 25k/50k

When: Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 7:00AM

Where: LOGE Entrada, (19221 SW Century Drive, Bend, OR.) Please park at the Entrada rather than on the trail.

Cost: $100 for 50k, $75 for 25k

Register: Here

Packet Pick-Up: Friday October 18th at FootZone Bend (842 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701) between 3:00PM and 6:00PM. Race day pickup is also available from 5:30AM to 6:45AM. ALL runners must check in on race day, even if they picked up their bib Friday.

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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