In 2011, the Kids Mini Pole Pedal Paddle had more participants — 215 — than ever before. The race, for kids in first through sixth grades, includes river rafting, biking, an obstacle course and a run to the finish. It begins with a paddle on the Deschutes River, with each boat led by a professional guide. Above, the Crazy 8s cheer Fisher Bien, 8, to the finish in one of the heats. From left are Kalvin Timm, 8, Harrison Schock, 7, Sophee Swearingen, 8, and Healy Bledsoe, 8.