With the long days of summer stretching out ahead of us, it is the perfect time to think about a running adventure with friends and family. The Cascade Lakes Relay in Central Oregon is a small enough event to feel well supported, and large enough to have distance and speed options to get more of your peoples involved. And since the experience involves the Cascade Mountains, rural countryside, and the beautiful Bend area, this challenge will have beautiful sights you won’t forget.
You’ll see more cows than semi-trucks and smell pine trees instead of exhaust. If you are seeking an adventure where you can push your limits and rediscover your senses, then this is the event for you and your team.
Cascade Lakes Relay has three different options for participation. CLR 36 is the full course of 216.6 miles broken up among teams of 12 (6 or 8 options available for ultra-participants) with each participant completing around 18 miles over the course of three sections. For those who need a little shorted distance, CLR 24 begins at Silver Lake as participants join the CLR 36 folks in progress. The CLR 24 course is also the set up for the Walking Relay where teams of 6 to 12 complete 132 miles. Watch this video from CLR to get an idea of the course and possibility.
To keep this race going, each team must provide two volunteers or donate to the event for volunteers to be “hired” on the team’s behalf from a local community group (all proceeds go to the non-profit). Ultra-teams (aka the extra adventurous) only provide or pay for one volunteer. Hire-a-Volunteer donations are currently $225 per volunteer, with the rate increasing to $300 July 1.
No matter the course or speed, all participants earn a CLR finisher’s shirt, medal, and beer at the finish line.
Cascade Lakes Relay (Diamond Lake)
• When: Friday July 30th-Saturday July 31st
• Where: Diamond Lake Resort (350 Resort Drive)
• Register: Online
• Packet Pick-Up: Race Day
• Cost: CLR 36 $1950 ($1125 for ultra-teams with 4-6 members); CLR 24 $1450 ($300 for high school teams); Walking Relay $1450