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Need a relay on your schedule in 2023? Well, then you need the Bend Beer Chase

There’s saying about races in the Pacific Northwest races that if you add beer to a race, people will come. The Bend Beer Chase on May 6, 2023 offers the best of both worlds. This (up to) six-person, one day relay consists of 12 legs of varying distance from 4-8 miles per leg with each runner on the team running at least two legs.

The course starts at 10 Barrel Brewing, travels to Richmond, and finishes back in Bend. The finish line (and course for that matter) are always subject to modifications, but check out the 2022 course to get an idea.

Local breweries host each of the exchange points along the course where participants can sample 3-4oz of craft beer. Every team is required to have a designated driver who is not allowed to sample alcohol during the event.

We have ran this event in the past and some positives to say:

Even though it was the final wave of the day, Worthy Brewing still had some solid energy and the Cascade Relays and Eclectic Edge timing crews were fantastic.

The beauty of relays is that there are so many options to return and have a completely different running experience. I was happy to put in some of the more challenging legs and the most distance, but as I waited for my teammates at the exchanges, I was super excited to think about how it would feel in future years to cruise into Wild Ride Brewing along the main street in Redmond, take on some Eagle Crest Resort trails, or tackle the Maston Trails. I want those experiences too!

We navigated the final three legs with our fastest three runners, sampled some more beer and cold brewed coffee, and our day finally came to an end as we all joined in to finish with Chuck – our anchor – at Crows Feet Commons. The party was already in full swing, with food and beer choices everywhere, and so many smiles to go around. We picked up our awesome shirts (really digging the creamy yellow/gold), grabbed our medals, Silipint pint and shot glasses, and tasting tokens and reminisced on our day together. I ended up not sticking around too long afterwards (it was already past 6 and I still had to drive back home for the Beaverton Half the following day), but it was quite an awesome scene.

All of the breweries were great along the way. [They] were super happy and energized, even with being out on the course for hours on end. Cascade Relays has modified this race over the first few years of existence, and I think they really put on a great event.

Teams can enjoy a full pint of beer at the end of the event from their favorite brewery and are encouraged to run or walk the Keg Leg – a three-mile loop through downtown Bend. Spend a day outdoors enjoying Bend’s breathtaking views and amazing craft brews at the Bend Beer Chase.

Bend Beer Chase

Details:

Date: May, 6, 2023
Location: Bend, Oregon
Price:

  • 1-2 person Team: $350
  • 3-4 person Team: $575
  • 5-6 person Team: $825
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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