Sunday May 29
This is the first year of this female-specific Memorial Day weekend run along the Deschutes River to benefit the Kids Center. Also includes a girls 1.5k run and an option for a two-person team. Visit happygirlsrun.com for registration information.
Three Sisters Marathon
Saturday, June 4
Also includes a 5K run/walk and a five-person marathon relay that takes place outside of Redmond. Visit threesistersmarathon.com for registration info.
Heaven Can Wait
Sunday, June 5
A longstanding 5K Walk/Run for Breast Cancer benefiting Sara's Project that begins in downtown Bend's Drake Park. Visit heavencanwait.org for registration info.
The Dirty Half
Sunday, June 12
An all-trail early-summer half marathon that's long been a staple of the summer racing circuit. This year's race begins and finishes at Breedlove Guitars. Race info at: dirtyhalf.footzonebend.com Registration at: time2race.com or in person at FootZone.
Bend Pole Pedal Paddle
Saturday, May 21
OK, this one isn't just a running race. It also includes skiing (downhill and crosscountry), biking and paddling, but it does have both a distance run and a sprint, so we'd toss it in. Race information and registration at www.pppbend.com.
Dry Canyon Run
Saturday, June 18
This race provides 10K and 5K races that begin at Redmond's American Legion Park and continue through the city's Dry Canyon. Presented by Redmond High School's track and field team. Race information at training4speed.com. Registration at time2race.com
Pacific Crest Weekend
Friday-Sunday, June 24-26
This well-attended and incredibly popular weekend of athletic events includes a marathon, half marathon, long-course triathlon, duathlon, 5K and 10K races, Olympic triathlon, Olympic duathlon, kids dash, kids triathlon. Race information and registration at racecenter.com/pacificcrest
SPARK YOUR HEART
Monday, July 4
Get your 4th of July started right with this morning 5K walk or run through the Old Mill District to benefit the Children's Heart Fund of the St. Charles Foundation. Race info and registration at stcharleshealthcare.org/spark-your-heart.
Smith Rock Sunrise Summer Classic
Saturday, July 9
Head out to Terrebonne and choose from a 5K, 10K or half marathon that will take you through the scenic area and country roads surrounding Smith Rock State Park. Race information and registration at smithrockrace.com.
Deschutes Dash Weekend
Saturday-Sunday, July 16-17
Taking place in the heart of Bend's Old Mill District, the Deschutes Dash features two days of events, including Olympic and sprint triathlons and duathlons, 5K, 10K, Youth Tri and a kid's Splash 'N Dash. Registration and race info at deschutesdash.com.
Cascade Lakes Relay
Begins Friday, August 5
Didn't get your team into the Hood to Coast relay race? Well, Central Oregon has an up-and-coming relay of its own with the Cascades Lake Relay. Teams of 12 run a total of 216.6 miles beginning at Diamond Lake Resort and ending in Bend's Northwest Crossing Neighborhood. Race info at cascadelakesrelay.com. Registration at clr.timberlineevents.com/registration/register/1/
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Taking place within Bend's gorgeous Shevlin Park, the Haulin' Aspen includes a full marathon, a half marathon and a seven-mile race on the park's trails. For race information and registration, visit: haulinaspen.com
Running is for the Birds
Saturday, August 13
These 10K and 5K races follow the bike trails throughout Sunriver, beginning at the Village. There's also a family "adventure walk." Benefits the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory. For race information, visit sunrivernaturecenter.org or call 541-593-4442.
Sunriver Resort Marathon for a Cause
Sunday, September 4
New this year and taking place over Labor Day weekend is the Sunriver Resort marathon and half marathon, benefiting the Susan G. Komen foundation. Includes a weekend of events and a carbo-loading dinner. For race information and registration visit sunriver-resort.com/landing/race