Central Oregon's only trail marathonH
aulin' Aspen, an annual scenic trail running race well known for its beautiful views and diverse distances, takes place Aug. 12 at Wanoga Snow Play Area Sno-Park. The race offers a 6.5 mile track, dubbed the "half as," as well as a half marathon and a full marathon track. The event claims the title of being the only running race in Central Oregon to take place completely on trails, and also serves as a points qualifier in the Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series. All of the races start and finish at Wanoga Sno-Park, with the courses making their way through forest trails and buttes toward Kiwa Springs and Wangoa Butte. Aid stations are placed about 2 to 5 miles apart and will be stocked with water, GU brew and GU gels.
The race trails are nationally renowned, Bend having been voted as the #1 Top Trail Town in the September 2013 issue of Trail Runner Magazine. The diverse distances and beautiful trails make Haulin' Aspen an easily accessible event for all levels of runners.
Racers and spectators alike are invited to join in on post-race celebrations, including craft beers and a wide selection of food.
The event also serves as a benefit for Bend Endurance Academy, a local organization that offers programs in Nordic skiing, rock climbing and cycling for kids and adults. Registration is now open for runners as well as for volunteers.
Sun., Aug. 12
Cascades Lakes Highway, Bend