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Race Preview: 2020 RISE Troops Challenge (Bend)

RISE Troops Challenge is an obstacle course race (OCR) based on actual military tasks and challenges. This year the theme is honoring those who gave all – military, first responders, health care workers, and those lost during the pandemic. Originally scheduled for Memorial Day, this event has been rescheduled to October 17. This will be a live event at Wanoga Snow Park in Bend with special precautions being taken. RISE Troops Challenge will be run in very small heats with sanitizer available and equipment wiped down between heats.

If you have been itching for a live OCR, this is your chance to get out and challenge yourself again. Personally, I cannot wait! While I am not in my best OCR condition, I am eager for a live event. There is just something about being pushed by an event and by those around you to get those competitive juices flowing again! And, being in the wide open spaces of beautiful Central Oregon sounds pretty good to me right now.

While the obstacles for this year are not listed, pictures from previous years show participants doing things like climbing over walls, traversing a horizontal rope, crawling under or getting over various obstacles, flipping a tire, and, of course, running! I’m getting amped up for this event just perusing the website!

Choose from the long course – 7 miles and 25 or more obstacles, or the short course – 3 miles and 18 or more obstacles and challenges. For either event you can run as an individual or as a team (3-5 members per team.) If you choose the team option, all team members must go through the course together and finish together. (If you wish to be eligible for team awards on the long course only, your team must be a 4 member co-ed team to keep the playing field fair.)

A minimum of $5 from every entry goes to support four veteran-based non profits: POW-MIA Families, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, SEAL Family Foundation and 03XX Foundation.

Can you carry an ammo can to resupply everyone, carry your injured buddy to the evac chopper, and run the Braveheart Battlefield Gauntlet to victory? YES! You have it in you! All events are designed and created for any physical ability. They are attainable to the newbie and challenging for the fittest. We have training available to prepare you for success. You also have the option to go through the event as a team. In the team event, everyone can help each other through all obstacles and challenges.

Stop thinking about it and just register already! All participants will receive a t-shirt, medal, and a beer (for those 21 and over) from Braveheart Brewing. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your OCR on!

RISE Troops Challenge Details

Date: Saturday, October 17

Time: Waves start at 8:30 A.M.

Location: Wanoga Snow Park, Bend

Entry Fees: 

  • $70/team member – Team Long Course
  • $75 – Individual Long Course
  • $60/team member – Team Short Course
  • $65 – Individual Short Course

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (482 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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