Bend and trail running go together like peanut butter and jelly. It doesn’t get much better than the beauty of Bend’s trails, and luckily, the 2023 Bend Trail Series is kicking off soon!!
This four-race Series is held on Thursday evenings and each will cover a different course ranging between 4 and 7 miles. Participate in at least 3 of the Series races and you’ll qualify to win something in the overall Series standings, which means sponsor prizes!!
Go Beyond Racing does trail running right, and in addition to the Portland Trail Series (which begins on April 26th in Forest Park,) the Bend series is a great option if you’ll be in the area.
And what’s your reward for running on those dusty trails? There is a post-Series party held right after the final race right on the trailhead. Awards will go the Series men, women, and non-binary podium winners and there will be a raffle and beer from Cascade Lakes Brewing and hard cider from AVID. So good!!
So how does this thing work? The trail races are once a month, always on a Thursday evening at 6:15PM. You’ll want to pick up your race bib between 5:30 and 6:00PM. Maps will be posted for each route the Monday before the race on the website’s route page and on the Facebook page.
Register for all the races at once online or on the day of the race beginning at 5:30PM. If the series sells out, you’ll want to come on down to see if there are any no-shows so you can buy a bib for $20. There are no transfers or refunds.
Now real quick about the scoring for the series – it’s a point based system and every runner who finishes each race in the series earns points. The winner of a race receives 100 points and every other racer receives points based on their time compared to the winner. It will all be tallied up by the sum of your four highest scores and everyone is eligible to win prizes.
Click here for more info on the rules and details of the scoring system.
2023 Bend Trail Series $20-$75
- Series – $75
- Each race day if available – $20
The Spring Series races are once a month on Thursday evenings at 6:15PM. Runner pick up bibs at the race start from 5:30-6:00PM
- Race 1 – June 15
- Race 2 – July 20
- Race 3 – August 17
- Race 4 – September 7