Bend Elks Baseball
BASEBALL—With over 17 years of baseball history, the Bend Elks are more than ready to represent their hometown this season. Games at the Vince Genna Stadium started early in June, and run through the end of August. Catch your tickets for as low as $6 or go big with a season pass, starting at $125. Tickets available at the gate, by email, or by phone at 541-312-9259. bendelks.com
Subaru Outside Games
SPORTS—Subaru of Bend's annual Outside Games has something every red-blooded Oregonian can enjoy. Activities range from biking and water sports to outdoor concerts and yoga in the park. Learn more about pricing and activity locations on the website: subaruofbendoutsidegames.com
Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival
SPORTS—Full or half-marathon, you're sure to get the most out of the experience. Kids' events start at $20, and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival. Whether you partake in the bike tours, the kids' events, or even the marathon adults start at $30. Go online to reserve your spot in this amazing Sunriver event. sunriverpaccrest.com
Crooked River Roundup Rodeo
RODEO—Whether it's your first rodeo or your 100th, the Crooked River Roundup Rodeo and Horse Races at the Crook County Fairgrounds will entertain guests of all ages. Prineville hosts the rodeo each summer, with tickets starting at $10 for some events. Get yours online at crookedriverroundup.com
USA Triathalon and Duathalon National Championships
SPORTS—The national triathlon and duathlon championships have come to Central Oregon to wind their way through the gorgeous towns of Bend and Sisters. Register online today to run, then bike, then run again alongside some of the most dedicated athletes in America. The competitions start near NW York Drive in Northwest Bend. Standard entry fees are $120. Register online at teamusa.org
Slide the City
FUN—Remember those fun (treacherous) backyard slip 'n' slides? Join your fellow kids-at-heart in riding the mega one-thousand-foot-long slip 'n' slide course down College Way and Saginaw Avenue, not to mention the day-long block party afterwards. Late registration starts at $35, and is available on the website—but not for long! slidethecity.com/location/bend
Pickett's Charge! 2016 Memorial DC MTB Race
MOUNTAIN BIKING—Pickett's Charge Mountain Bike Races have been meeting that description for almost 15 years. Alternate course routes are set for 22-mile races as well as 16-milers. Beginners and elite riders will feel right at home racing and pedaling hard through Central Oregon's fresh air. Registration fees start at $40 for adults, and $15 for juniors +18 years old and younger. Sign up online at picketschargebend.com
Tour des Chutes
SPORTS—Supporting cancer care and survivorship for children and adults in Central Oregon, The Tour des Chutes is back by popular demand. With five different bike routes and distances as well as a 5k fun run/walk, you'll have your pick of activities for the day. Bike riders start from High Lakes Elementary School, while the 5k takes place through the neighborhoods of Northwest Crossing. Register online at tourdeschutes.org
SPORTS—Get ready for the one-day multi-sport event you've been waiting for! The festivities begin on Saturday morning in the Old Mill District in Bend. With triathlons, duathlons, kids' obstacle races, and more, you're sure to have enough fun to last you all summer long. Register online at deschutesdash.com until July 7, or in person at Fleet Feet in downtown Bend.
July 19-24, July 27-31
Oregon High Desert Classics
HORSES—What better way to spend the final weeks of July than enjoying a stunning display of horse and human talent against the backdrop of a summer day in Bend, not to mention supporting a quality nonprofit at the same time? Take in the shopping and food options while observing the hunter-jumper horse shows. Admission to the Classics is free, but some special events require a ticket. Learn more at oregonhighdesertclassics.org or call 541-389-1409.
Cascade Cycling Classic
CYCLING—Want to race the longest stage on the continent? In its 37th year, the Cascade Cycling Classic continues to grace our humble town this summer. These incredible bike races are held July 20-24. Register online to get more information about the various locations, categories, and stages. cascade-classic.org
Cascade Lakes Relay
SPORTS—Feeling masochistic? Well, don't! The Cascade Lakes Relay folks don't expect you to win this race all by yourself. What they've done is set up an opportunity for you to hone your teamwork skills, joining friends for an unforgettable adventure. To compete in the Cascade Lakes Relay, team up with 5 to 11 like-minded individuals who take turns running the relay and trading off "legs" of the journey. Each season, teams let their imaginations run wild, with names, costumes, and warrior chants showing every bit of enthusiasm possible. This team event takes you from the scenic Cascade Mountains down to Bend and helps benefit Oregon cities along the way. Charities across Bend, La Pine, and Silver Lake have received over $170,000 with the help of the Cascade Lakes Relay. If running is the only thing holding you back, a walk option is available as well. Recruit fellow walkers for the alternate 132-mile relay—still no short jaunt. Relay runners start at 350 Resort Drive, at the Diamond Lake Resort, while walkers start at 53224 4th Street in Silver Lake, several miles down the running course. Both groups finish at Riverbend Park in Bend. Register for either group online at cascadelakesrelay.org. Don't miss it!
RUN—The Haulin' Aspen races are back for their 12th year of friendly competition. As in years past, this exciting event features three races: the marathon, the half-marathon, and the Half-As, clocking in at 6.5 miles. Wherever you are on the racing spectrum, Haulin' Aspen is ready to encourage you with its famously beautiful course trails and craft beer at the finish line. Take in your victory with a gift bag full of prizes and an iconic Haulin' Aspen medal that does double-duty as a bottle opener.
Early bird registration has ended, but you can still get on board with ticket fees as low as $30 for the Half-As, $45 for the half-marathon, and $70 for the full marathon. Whichever trek you choose, know you are one of the lucky individuals participating in one of the top races as ranked by Trail Runner Magazine. Of course, if you'd prefer to take part in the cheering, volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Haulin Aspen's valued volunteers receive a half-off coupon to future Lay It Out Events races, race goodie bags, and for those over 21, free admission to The Little Woody beer, cider & whiskey festival. You just can't lose.
So gather with dozens of others at 7 am on Saturday at the gorgeous Wanoga Sno Park for both the start and finish. What are you waiting for? Get your aspen in gear and register online today at haulinaspen.com.
Shriners Run for a Child
RUN—Good exercise, good people, good food and a good cause—that's why people have been enjoying the Shriners Run for a Child event for almost four years. Participate in the 5k for as low as $30 or the 10k for $35. Get ready to run at 9 am in the morning, and then relax and treat yourself to a barbecue meal afterwards, all in the beautiful Riverbend Park. Register at centraloregonshriners.org
Beat Beethoven's 5k
RUN—Spend a Sunday running to the beat of a different drum—or Beethoven's 5th symphony. This run/walk 5k supports Central Oregon's local symphony and provides its own background music. The race takes off from the COCC campus track at 9:00 am and remains mostly on paved roads. Register on their website at beatbeethoven5k.com.
Sunriver Marathon for a Cause
RUN—Join in and see all that the beautiful Sunriver resort has to offer. The sixth annual Sunriver marathon event features a full and half marathon at 7:15 on the 3rd, along with a 5k and a kids' race at 8:30 and 10:30 the morning of the 4th. Registration fees also benefit St. Charles Cancer Services. Register at the resort lodge on 17600 Center Drive or online and gear up for a great weekend! sunrivermarathon.com
Pacific Amateur Golf Classic
SPORTS—In the 20 years the Lithia Pacific Amateur Golf Classic has been taking place, there's never been a better time to get out and enjoy the greens at the Sunriver Resort. Registration fees for the Classic start at $530 and include three days of
golf, a $200-value goodie bag, and all the golf essentials you'll need for the whole Classic. The three-day tournament begins on Sept. 17, with check-in taking place at Sunriver's Bend Golf & Country Club store on Country Club Drive. Register online at pacamgolf.com
RUN—Presented by Faith, Hope & Charity Vineyards, this yearly event offers three activity options - a half marathon at 11 am, a 10k at 11:05 am, and a 5k at 11:10 am. Join us for the races at the vineyards at 70455 Lower Bridge Way. Then relax with a set of post-race goodies, including a free drink, a complimentary wine glass, and a t-shirt to prove you did your part to crush cancer and pound pavement all in one. Prices start at $35. faithhopeandcharityevents.com/crushcancerrun
Commute Options — Bend Open Streets
EVENT—It's not a race or a festival, but it will inspire you nonetheless. Don't expect parades or free drinks, just a really good time. It's nothing Bend has ever done before, but we welcome you to join in the fun for the first Bend Open Streets hosted by Commute Options, who is celebrating its 25th year. Bend Open Streets is an idea in sustainable commuting practices, encouraging fresh air and exercise. On this one day, first through sixth Streets and Olney through Hawthorne Avenues in NE Bend will be temporarily closed to motor vehicles, leaving the roads vacant and ready to be filled with walkers, bikers, runners, as well as some furry friends. Several square city blocks will be just the same as ever on a beautiful Sunday—but without the gridlock and the exhaust fumes. While it may seem like a uniquely Bend idea, Open Streets has been done before—over 150 cities across America have Open Street events like this one to help families play together and to remind them of what is easily forgotten—that travel by car is not the only means of transportation, nor is it always the best one. So don't let this once-a-year event drift by without taking part! Free