Dirksen Derby set for this weekend

Published Dec 13, 2013 at 12:01AM

The seventh annual Dirksen Derby snowboard rally race is scheduled for today through Sunday near Mt. Bachelor’s West Village Lodge.

The event is a fundraiser for Tyler Eklund, a 21-year-old Bend snowboarder who was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident in 2007.

Late registration is available today from 9 a.m. to noon at the lower level of the West Village Lodge. Entry fee is $45.

Practice runs are scheduled for today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dirksen Derby Kickoff Party and Broken Board Auction is scheduled for tonight starting at 6 o’clock at the Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave. in Bend.

Race format is a parallel banked slalom, as riders will race head-to-head along a course of banked turns and other features, adjacent to the Sunshine Accelerator chairlift.

Racing gets underway on Saturday with the men’s, gentlemen’s, women’s and derby elites qualifiers. A splitboard uphill/downhill race is set for noon.

Sunday will include the groms, older-and-wiser and sit-ski divisions, as well as the finals from Saturday’s division qualifiers. The derby elites final is set for Sunday at noon. Awards are scheduled for 3 p.m. in the West Village Lodge.

Spectators are welcome at no charge. For more information, visit www.mtbachelor.com.

XC Nationals in Bend on Saturday

The USATF Club Cross-Country National Championships are set to kick off Saturday morning at River’s Edge Golf Course in northwest Bend.

A community 4,000-meter race at 9 a.m. marks the start of the event, and women’s and men’s masters national championship races follow at 9:45 and 10:45. The open women’s national championship competition is set for noon, and the open men’s national title race will begin at 12:45 p.m. More than 1,200 participants and 100 teams are expected for this year’s event, which will feature some of the country’s top post-collegiate club cross-country teams.

Registration for the national championship races is closed, but runners can still sign up for the community 4K — cost is $10 per runner — today at The Riverhouse from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or at the course early Saturday morning. The 2K loop course will be open for runners to practice on today from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.usatf.org.

—Bulletin staff report