Hit the Trails Smiling at the Happy Girls Run (Bend)

If running (or getting that run over with) makes you happy, then you just might want to consider this Bend race embracing women’s fitness. Happy Girls Run, brought to you by Lay It Out Events, will be held on May 20th. Choose from the half marathon, 10K, or 5K distance – all running along the scenic Deschutes River. Each distance will include a mixture of pavement, gravel, and dirt trails. I’ve got to admit, just writing about this race has me itching to get out on those amazing trails in Central Oregon!

There will be multiple aid stations along the course and great goodie bags to collect afterwards – along with your race tee and medal. Of course there will also be age group and overall awards. And don’t forget about that post-race celebration with food, music, drinks, and more!

You can even bring the kids along for the Happy Little Kids Run. A bargain at just $10. Starting at noon, the 3-4 year olds will run a 50 yard race. Next the 5-7 year olds will run 500 yards, followed by the 1.5k for the 8-10 age group.

Happy Girls Run Bend benefits Saving Grace, an organization that offers safety, hope, and healing to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday in May than running along the Deschutes under sunny skies, (probably!) then hanging out at Riverbend Park enjoying the camaraderie of fellow happy girls! I really think you ought to get this run on your calendar.

Happy Girls Details:

Date: Saturday, May 20


  • 9:00 A.M. – Half Marathon
  • 9:15 A.M. – 10K
  • 9:30 A.M. – 5K

Location: Riverbend Park, Bend

Entry Fees (until 4-22):

  • $95 – Half Marathon
  • $60 – 10K
  • $55 – 5K
  • $10 – Happy Little Kids Run
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