Just because summer is ending doesn't mean the outdoor fun has to leave with it. Bend Rock Gym will host "What the Bash?!," a climbing competition, on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 4-11pm. The event is the first in BRG's Bend Boulder Bash competition series, open to climbers of all ages and skill levels. Competitors should wear as much green as possible. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Bend Endurance Academy. Early registration is encouraged. (Make sure not to sign up for the similar-looking What the Comp?! event.) Registration fees are $20 before Sept.12, $25 afterward. For more information, visit bendrockgym.com or call 541-388-6764.
There are plenty of distance races in Bend throughout the year, but with this one, speed is the name of the game. Runners battle fatigue and gravity during the 10K Bigfoot Race, a downhill course from Seventh Mountain Resort to the Old Mill District. This year's event also features a dirt path option and a new 5K course, as well as Littlefoot Races for kids of all ages. Adult races kick off at 9am, with the kids' runs starting an hour later. Runners can register online or at Footzone downtown. Registration is also open race day at 7:30am. The Bigfoot Races are hosted by the Central Oregon Running Klub, and proceeds will benefit the Bend/La Pine high school cross country teams. For info visit bendbigfoot.com or centraloregonrunningklub.org.
Look out: The Deschutes might look a lot more colorful this weekend. The 27th annual Great Drake Park Duck Race, a charity event featuring hundreds upon hundreds of multi-colored rubber ducks, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11 from 11am-3pm. A kids' race will kick things off at noon, with 500 free ducks for kids ages 2-14. The main event starts at 1:30pm, and 20 prizes are up for grabs, including a $20,000 car voucher! There will also be music, food and activity booths. The event is free, but race competitors must purchase tickets. The Duck Race is sponsored by all four Bend area Rotary clubs, and proceeds will benefit several local charities that focus on assisting families and children in need. To buy tickets or find out more about the event, visit theduckrace.com or call 503-577-3119.