Alpine skiing: Skiers and snowboarders sprint 200 feet uphill through the snow and then race down a gated course on the Leeway run at Mt. Bachelor ski area.

Nordic skiing: Next, the nordic skiers will take a turn on a new, higher elevation course on the south side of the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Trails. The 5-mile ski run loops around Blue Jay’s Trail, climbs up the Common Corridor and drops back at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center for the bike exchange. Skating and classic techniques are allowed.

Cycling: Cyclists ride 22 miles mostly downhill along Century Drive from Mount Bachelor to the Athletic Club of Bend.

Running: Runners take the next leg of the race with a 5-mile run through Mount Bachelor Village and along the Deschutes River Trail to the boat exchange near Riverbend Park.

Paddling: A 1½-mile paddle in a kayak or canoe (or other PPP-approved watercraft) on the Deschutes River, including upstream and downstream sections. The boats go in and out at the sandy area at Riverbend Park.

Sprinting: The grand finale: Runners sprint a half-mile from the paddle finish at Riverbend Park along a paved path and grass to the finish at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Food and drink vendors await athletes and spectators at the finish line. Don’t forget to grab your souvenirs and stop by the stage to enjoy live music with Doc Ryan and the Whychus Creek Band.

Costume-clad family teams and speedy solo athletes are gearing up for Central Oregon’s largest multisport event. The Pole Pedal Paddle returns to Bend this weekend with a course to entice any outdoor enthusiast. The six-leg race winds from Mount Bachelor down to Les Schwab Amphitheater and includes nordic and alpine skiing, cycling, kayaking and running. This year’s course includes a new, shorter cross-country ski leg at a higher elevation on the south side of the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, where skiers are more protected from the elements.

Sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union, the Pole Pedal Paddle is not only an athletic competition, it’s also a fundraiser for Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, which trains more than 600 youth athletes in skiing and snowboarding.

Whether competing or supporting the athletes this Saturday, GO! Magazine has all the information you need. This is the place for easy to read race schedules, course maps and where to watch information.

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