Race Preview: 2021 Pacific Crest Endurance Festival

The Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival has been around for 25 years, and it was one of my first favorite races over a decade ago. This year, Why Racing Events surprised us all  when they announced that the race is moving from Sun River, OR to Long Beach, WA. This will be a completely different vibe!!

Though some might certainly feel a bit dismayed because they liked the Sun River route, many are also excited to see a brand new start line on the horizon. This event, as always, will be a huge affair, with the Kids Pedal n Dash occurring on Friday June 25th, a Half Marathon Trail Run on Saturday the 26th, and the 10k and 5k, along with the kids 1 mile and ½ mile occurring Sunday the 27th. In addition to all this, there’s the Tour de Pacific Bike Tour and both Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon, Dualthalon, & AquaBike events. Currently on the schedule is a Sports & Fitness Expo and the Deschutes Brewery Beer & Food garden as well as LIVE entertainment!

The Half Marathon Trail Run begins that Saturday at Ilwaco High chool and finishes under the Long Beach Arch. This course will feature views of the Pacific Ocean and both the Cape Disappointment and Northhead Lighthouses.

The 10k and 5k run/walks will all  begin and end that Sunday at the iconic Long Beach Arch. The route will follow a wide, paved bike path along the peninsula and you’ll have the views of the Pacific Ocean to keep you motivated.

The kid races are a great way to get the whole family involved! The Pedal n’ Dash is a super popular event for the kids, and the 1 mile run and  ½ mile Dash are great options for keeping the kids going in a fun, non-competitive activity.

Why Racing is working hard to make sure this event is safe and follows all of the current COVID guidelines, ever changing as they are. Please be patient as things come together.

The Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival’s triathlons expect to sell out and the entire weekend is a dubbed “on of the PREMIER events of it’s kind in the country,” so I’d suggest you register quick!!



What: 2021 Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival

When: Friday June 25th thru Sunday June 27th, 2021

Where: Long Beach Peninsula, Washington (Ilwaco High School, Long Beach Arch, and Veterans Memorial Field depending on event.)

Cost: Varies depending on event. Check here for pricing

Register: Here

Packet Pick-Up: Veterans Field, Long Beach on Friday June 25th from 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Saturday June 26th from 8:00AM to 3:00PM, and Sunday from 6:00AM to 9:00AM.

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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