Maybe Central Oregon’s numerous community sports events are part of your annual traditions, or maybe your New Year’s resolution is to test yourself on the trails, on a bike or on skis — or maybe you just want to cheer on your neighbors. No matter how competitive you are, we have plenty of reasons to get outside in 2018.

Here is a list of running, skiing, cycling, swimming and multi-sport events to get you started. More events, especially those typically held in the second half of the calendar year, will be added as dates are set. So lace up those shoes (or kick off the shoes and grab the goggles and swim cap) and get started.


XC Oregon Learn-To-Ski

Date: Sunday (Jan. 7), clinics start at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Attendees should arrive several minutes before the clinic they are taking part in.

What you’re in for: a 30-minute mini-clinic to help Nordic skiers of any ability improve on their skis. Classic skiers need no previous experience, although it is recommended that skate skiers have at least one day of experience before attending.

Where: Meet at the lodge at Virginia Meissner Sno-park

Cost: No fee, although donations to Meissner Nordic are encouraged. Free ski rentals are available at Sunnyside Sports in Bend (first-come, first-serve, pick up the skis the morning of the event), Village Bike and Ski in Sunriver (pick up Saturday or Sunday) and Webskis in Bend (pick up Saturday, as the shop is closed Sundays).

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Polar Bear Run & Expo

Date: Jan. 13, half marathon starts at 9:45 a.m., 5K/10K starts at 10:30 a.m.

What you’re in for: 5K, 10K and half marathon race; law enforcement, fire and medical agencies may also sign up for the First Responder Challenge, in teams of five runners race for the fastest combined 5K time.

Where: Courses begin and end at St. Thomas Academy in Redmond.

Cost: $40 for 5K and 10K, $150/First Responder Challenge team ($30/team member), $50 one child and one adult; $70 for family registration (two adults and up to three children, each additional child is $10); $55 for half marathon (registration closes Monday)

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MAD Ass Run

Date: Jan. 27, run starts at 8:30 a.m. or as soon as 7:30 a.m. for those who want to get a head start

What you’re in for: a low-key, untimed 25K or 50K trail run, followed by a potluck

Where: Madras (starts at Madras Physical Therapy)

Cost: $20 donation to MADras Runners or whatever you feel you can provide. No early registration, but runners must sign a waiver before heading out

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Great Nordeen

Date: Jan. 28

What you’re in for: an 18K or 30K Nordic ski race or fat-tire bike race

Where: starts at Mount Bachelor

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Date: Feb. 3, the event starts at 5 p.m.

What to expect: An annual fundraiser for Meissner Nordic Club, skiers and snowshoers are invited to cover the 1.5 miles to the Meissner shelter using a path lit by hundreds of candles.

Where: Virginia Meissner Sno-park

Cost: Donations are appreciated

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The Xtreme Dam Run

Date: Feb. 4, races start at 10 a.m., bus to start lines leaves at 9 a.m.

What you’re in for: a 20-mile, 10-mile or 5K race into Prineville

Where: Runners meet at Norm’s Xtreme Fitness in Prineville and will be transported to Bowman Dam (for the 20-mile race) or 10-mile or 5K start lines along the race route.

Cost: $25 (or $35 with race beanie)

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Tour for the Heart

Date: Feb. 11, 11 a.m.

What you’re in for: a fun, untimed 5K ski or snowshoe tour to raise funds and awareness for women’s heart health. You can also “Ski your age” in minutes or kilometers.

Where: Mt. Bachelor Ski Area Nordic Center

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WinterFest Royal Run

Date: Feb. 17, 2018, race starts at noon. The kids Hot Cocoa Run starts at noon on Feb. 18.

What you’re in for: Part of the WinterFest activities, the Royal Run is a 5K and 10K run with a few obstacles to make things interesting.

Where: Old Mill District in Bend

Cost: $20 for the 5K, $30 for the 10K, $15 for kids Hot Cocoa Run

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Bachelor Butte Dog Derby

Date: March 2-4, drivers’ meetings start at 3 p.m. March 2 and 7:30 a.m. March 3 and 4; races start at 4 p.m. on March 2 and 8:30 a.m. on March 3 and 4

What to expect: The event includes sled dog races of various lengths and formats for both sleds and skiers; spectators are welcome

Where: Wanoga Sno-park

Cost: $30-$50 per race entrant; event is free for spectators, but everyone will need an Oregon sno-park permit

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Mastondon 10-ish Miler

Date: March 3, race starts at 9 a.m.

What you’re in for: Just like it sounds, this race is an (approximately) 10-mile trail run on the Maston Trail Network in Tumalo

Where: Starts at the Maston Trailhead

Cost: $45 ($50 after Feb. 17)

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Grin and Bear It

Date: March 3, 5K and 10K run/walks start at 10 a.m., family 1-mile fun run starts at 11 a.m.

What to expect: The race courses wind through the Old Mill District, Farewell Bend Park and surrounding areas. All proceeds benefit Healthy Beginnings clinics for children.

Where: All races start and finish at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Cost: $30 for 5K and 10K and $10 for 1-mile family run. All prices increase on Feb. 18.

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St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Date: March 17

What to expect: The Dash is in need of a new title sponsor, but organizers from the Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club say they intend to host the seventh running of this 5K, which benefits J Bar J Youth Services, at the Old Mill District in Bend.

Cost: Registration is now open and costs $35 for adults and $20 for children. Prices for adults will increase on Feb. 28.

More information: For updates, visit

Prineville Paddy Pint Run

Date: March 17

What to expect: 5K and 1-mile races through Prineville. St. Patrick’s Day-themed costumes are encouraged.

Where: Race starts at Good Bike Co. and finishes at Windermere Real Estate, both in downtown Prineville.

Cost: $29 for the 5K and $23 for the 1-mile race

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Sunriver March Mudness

Date: March 25

What you’re in for: You can race if you like, but the real goal is to get as muddy as possible on the 1.5-mile obstacle course. All ages are encouraged to participate, but kids 8 and younger must be accompanied by a partner 12 or older.

Where: The start and finish lines are both located near the Sunriver Marina.

Cost: Early-bird registration runs from Monday (Jan. 1) through Jan. 31 and costs $30 for those entering the competitive, timed wave (must be 16 or older), $20 for non-competitive runners 12 and older and $12. Kids 3 and under are free.

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Horse Butte 10-Mile Trail Run

Date: March 31

What to expect: Horse Butte serves as the unofficial kickoff for Bend’s trail running season, but the field is limited to 200 runners to prevent overcrowding on the race course, 9.5 miles of which is on single track.

Where: Starts and finishes at Horse Butte in east Bend.

Cost: $45 ($50 after March 17)

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Peterson Ridge Rumble

Date: April 8

What you’re in for: 20- and 40-mile trail runs on the Peterson Ridge and Metolius-Windigo trails near Sisters.

Where: Both races start and finish at Sisters Middle School.

Cost: Entry costs $45 for the 20-miler ($55 after Feb. 28) and $55 for the 40-miler ($65 after Feb. 28).

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Salmon Run

Date: April 8

What to expect: Now in its 30th year, runners chose from a half marathon, 10K, 5K or Little Fry Children’s race along the Deschutes River.

Where: Races start and finish at the Athletic Club of Bend.

Cost: $25 for 5K, $30 for 10K, $35 for half marathon, $5 for Little Fry Run

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Bend Marathon and Half

Time frame: April 22

What to expect: Bend’s only road marathon also features a half marathon, 10K and family 5K

Where: All races start and finish at Crow’s Feet Commons

Cost: $95 for marathon ($105 starting Wednesday), $74 for half ($89 starting Wednesday), $45 for 10K ($55 starting Wednesday) and $30 for 5K ($35 starting Wednesday)

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Sisters Better Half Marathon

Date: April 28, 2018

What to expect: A half marathon, “quarter marathon” (6.55 miles) or half marathon relay (each partner does 6.55 miles)

Where: Village Green Park in Sisters

Cost: $30 for the quarter marathon, $45 for the half and $55 for the relay. Prices increase by $5 starting March 6.

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Miles for Mothers

Date: May 12

What to expect: Run with your mom (or kids!) or learn more about some of the challenges facing mothers in Central Oregon at the 10K, 5K and 1K kids fun run in Dry Canyon.

Where: Races start and finish at American Legion Park in Redmond.

Cost: $25 for 5K/10K, $10 for kids run (prices increase by $5 on race day)

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Prineville Hotshot Memorial Run

Date: May 12

What to expect: A 10K run, 5K run/walk and kids fun run followed by a barbecue. The event is held in memory of firefighters killed in the South Canyon Fire in 1994, and proceeds benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Where: Ochoco Creek Park in Prineville

Cost: $25 for 5K/10K, $15 for kids fun run

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Smith Rock Ascent

Date: May 12

What you’re in for: The race title says it all -- whether you choose the 50K, 15-mile or 4-mile run, you have some climbing ahead of you. But the view is better at the top, right? (Note: This race typically sells out early, so do not wait to sign up if you are planning to run.)

Where: Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne

Cost: $110 for 50K, $90 for 15-miler and $55 for 4-miler. Kids race is free.

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Smith Rock Road Half Marathon & 10K

Date: May 13

What to expect: All the scenery of the Smith Rock Ascent, minus the climbing.

Where: Races start and finish at the entrance to Smith Rock State Park, but the course is on roads surrounding the park.

Cost: $60 for 10K and $80 for half marathon; prices will increase on race day if race spots are still available

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Pole Pedal Paddle

Date: May 19

What you’re in for: It’s just your typical alpine ski/nordic ski/cycling/running/paddling race. Enter this classic Bend event as an individual, with a partner or as a member of a team.

Where: Race starts at Mount Bachelor and finishes at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Cost: Registration will open on Feb. 1. Entry fees vary depending on category entered; 2017 pricing is available on the PPP event website.

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Run for Recovery

Date: May 19

What to expect: 5K, 10K and Kids’ Fun Run benefiting the Redmond Alano Club

Where: American Legion Park in Redmond

More information: Online registration is not yet available, but check back at for updates.

Jungle Run/Walk

Date: May 24

What to expect: A 2-mile or 4-mile trail run through mud, up stairs and across log crossings.

Where: Central Oregon Community College in Bend

Cost: Registration is often held the day of the event. In past years, entry has been free for students and very affordable for all other participants.

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Happy Girls Run Bend

Date: May 26

What to expect: 5K, 10K and half marathon races for women on the Deschutes River Trail

Where: Races start and finish at Riverbend Park

Cost: $35 for 5K, $50 for 10K and $80 for half marathon. Entry fees increase on March 26.

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Sisters Stampede

Date: May 27

What you’re in for: 11- or 26-mile cross-country mountain bike races on the Peterson Ridge Trail system outside of Sisters.

Cost: $50 for adults and $20 for juniors; prices will increase on April 25

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Bend Beer Chase

Date: June 2

What you’re in for: Load your running- and beer-loving friends into a van for a 12-leg relay race. Beer-loving sprinters can enter the final “keg leg” as an individual.

Where: The relay starts at Worthy Brewing on the east side of Bend and runs through Redmond and Sisters before concluding at Crow’s Feet Commons.

Cost: Entry per team costs $300-$1,125, depending on size of team and whether or not the team supplies a volunteer to help on race day.

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Heaven Can Wait

Date: June 3

What to expect: One of Bend’s largest 5Ks of the year, the run/walk supports Sara’s Project, which provides funds for breast cancer detection and aid for patients in Central Oregon.

Where: Drake Park in Bend

Cost: Registration is not yet open, but check back for updates.

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Bend Trail Series

Date: First race will be held June 7; the summer series will continue on June 21, July 5 and July 19. A fall series will be held on Aug. 30, Sept. 13, Sept. 27 and Oct. 11.

What you’re in for: Races of 4 to 7 miles will be held on trails around Bend. Runners who enter at least three of the four races in a series will be included in the series standings.

Where: The location will change each week, and the course map will be posted the Monday before each race.

Cost: $70 for the series, $20 for one-day race registration if there’s an open spot

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Storm the Stairs

Date: June 7

What you’re in for: The COCC campus in Bend has hundreds of stairs, and this 2-mile run/walk covers almost all of them.

Where: COCC campus in Bend

Cost: Registration is held the day of the event, and is typically free for students and very affordable for all other runners and walkers.

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Dirty Half Marathon

Date: June 10

What to expect: Nearly all 13.1 miles of the course are on Phil’s Trail on the west side of Bend

Cost: $40 ($45 after March 31)

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Vulture Venture

Date: June 16

What to expect: A 5K run/walk and kids race held on trails at the High Desert Museum

Where: The High Desert Museum in Bend

Cost: $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members, $15 for kids 8-12; prices will increase by $5 starting May 5

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Bite of Bend Beer Run

Date: June 17

What to expect: A 5K loop through Drake Park and Columbia Park. And yes, there will be beer.

Cost: $20, $30 the day of the race. Online registration is not yet open, but check back at the event website for updates.

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Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival

Date: June 22-24

What to expect: Twenty different multi-sports and running races, including everything from the 72.3-mile “Beastman” triathlon to 5K runs, plus more outdoor activities all weekend

Where: Races begin at different locations depending on the distance and types of activities involved, but all conclude at Sunriver Village.

Cost: Fees vary widely based on the event entered, but the price will increase on April 1. Registration details are available at the event website.

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Ochoco Trail Runs

Date: July 7

What you’re in for: 50-mile, 50K and 10.5-mile trail runs through the Ochoco Mountains

Where: The races start and finish at Walton Sno-park, about a 45-minute drive east of Prineville

Cost: $120 for the 50-mile, $90 for the 50K and $45 for 10.5-mile; prices will increase by $10 on March 1 and again on June 1

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Deschutes Dash

Date: July 14

What to expect: Triathlons, foot races, aquabike races (that’s a swim and cycling combo) and duathlons (run-bike-run) of various distances.

Where: All races start and finish at the Old Mill District in Bend.

Cost: Registration costs between $30 and $130, depending on the event entered. Fees will increase starting on April 1.

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Tour des Chutes

Date: July 14

What you’re in for: A 100-, 75-, 50-, 25- or 7-mile bike ride through Central Oregon or a 5K run/walk, all to support programs for local cancer patients and survivors.

Cost: $55 for adult cyclists and $20 for riders 15 and under through June 14. Registration for the run costs $25 for adults and $10 for youths through June 14.

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Oregon High Desert Classics

Date: July 18-22 and 25-29

What to expect: The event draws thousands of equestrians and hundreds horses, from novices just beginning competition to some of the elite competitors from the U.S. and Canada. Spectators are welcome, particularly at the Grand Prix events held on Saturday afternoons.

Cost: Entry for exhibitors varies widely depending on the event(s) entered and services needed on site; entry for spectators is free

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High Cascades 100

Date: July 21

What you’re in for: A 100-mile mountain bike race that circles Mount Bachelor and several of the Cascade Lakes.

Where: The race starts and finishes at the Athletic Club of Bend.

Cost: $240-$250

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Cascade Lakes Swim Series

Date: July 27-29

What you’re in for: Five open-water swims ranging in distance from 500 to 5,000 meters. The 5K race will double as the US Masters Swimming National Open Water Championships. Choose one race or any combination of the five (special kudos for those who tackle all five).

Where: Elk Lake

Cost: $35 for the first race and $5 for each additional race

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Cascade Lakes Relay

Date: Aug. 3-4

What you’re in for: The registration lottery for the full 36-leg relay race was held in October, but registration for the CLR24, the shorter 24-leg race, will remain open until all spots are filled. At least 25 spots are reserved for walk teams.

Where: The CLR24 starts in Silver Lake and concludes in Bend.

Cost: $1,050-$1,350 per team, depending on the number of teammates. High school teams may enter for $300 and should contact race directors at for entry instructions.

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Haulin’ Aspen

Date: Aug. 11

What you’re in for: Try out Bend’s only trail marathon or take on the half marathon. There’s also the “Half-As,” a 6.5-mile race, for runners who prefer shorter distances.

Where: Races start and finish at Wanago Sno-park

Cost: $65 for the full marathon, $40 for the half and $25 for the Half-As. Entrants must be 12 or older on race day.

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MAC Dash Sprint Triathlon

Date: Aug. 11

What you’re in for: Complete a 500-yard pool swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3-mile run as an individual or as part of a team. Kids may enter the Mini MAC Dash or Middle MAC Dash.

Where: The race starts in the pool at the Madras Aquatic Center and concludes at the Jefferson County Middle School track.

Cost: Entry costs $45 for individual competitors and $35 per person for those competing on a team, and the price will jump by $10 starting July 7. Entry for Mini and Middle MAC Dash races is free.

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Shriners Run For a Child

Date: Aug. 11

What to expect: 5K and 10K run/walks to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Where: Riverbend Park in Bend

Cost: Registration is not yet open, but check back at the event website for updates.

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Monkey Face Half Marathon

Date: Aug. 18

What to expect: A half marathon (which can be run as a relay), 7-mile and 4-mile race.

Where: Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne

Cost: $55 for the half marathon (must be 15 or older to enter), $35 per person for relay, $30 for 7-mile and $25 for 4-mile. Day-of registration is $5 extra.

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CORK Youth Summer Trail Camp

Date: Aug. 20-24

What to expect: A five-day trail running day camp for kids 11-14. A typical day will include a morning run followed by talks about running or the outdoors, lunch and an afternoon hike, game or swim. Participants should be able to run 5 miles coming into the camp.

Where: Campers will meet and travel to a different trail or park each day.

Cost: $250, registration will open in the spring

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Beat Beethoven’s 5K

Date: Aug. 25

What you’re in for: At this fundraiser for the Central Oregon Symphony, runners aim to finish a 5K run before Beethoven’s 5th Symphony concludes (that’s about 33 minutes).

Where: The race starts at the COCC track in Bend.

Cost: Registration will open March 1

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Sunriver Half Marathon For a Cause

Date: Sept. 1-2

What to expect: A half marathon, 5K and 10K

Where: Races start and finish at Sunriver Resort

Cost: Registration is not yet available, check back at the event website for updates.

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Under Armour Mountain Running Series

Date: Sept. 15

What you’re in for: A 50K, half marathon, 10K or 5K race at Mount Bachelor. Yes, there will be climbing.

Cost: Registration is not yet available on the website, but check back for updates.

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Oregon 12/24 MTB Race

Date: Sept. 29-30

What you’re in for: A 12- or 24-hour mountain bike race on an 11-mile loop. Trade off laps with a teammate or three or fuel up and pedal for 24 hours as an individual.

Where: Wanoga Sno-park

Cost: $40-$500, depending on the race and division entered

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Happy Girls Sisters

Date: Nov. 3

What to expect: A trail half marathon and road 5K just for women.

Where: The half marathon begins at the top of Peterson Ridge (runners will be transported to the start line) and finishes at FivePine Lodge in Sisters. The 5K starts and finishes at the lodge.

Cost: Registration costs $75 for the half marathon and $30. The price will increase starting Aug. 1.

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Bend Ale Run

Date: Nov. 10

What to expect: A half marathon and 10K on Bend’s west side, held in conjunction with the Bend Ale Festival.

Where: The half marathon and 10K both start near Summit High School and conclude in Northwest Crossing.

Cost: $70 for half marathon and $55 for 10K. Prices will increase starting Sept. 1.

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Run the Rock

Date: Nov. 10-11

What you’re in for: 50 mile, 50K and half marathon races within Smith Rock State Park and the Crooked River National Grasslands.

Where: Terrebonne

Cost: Registration opens Feb. 1

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I Like Pie Run/Walk

Date: Nov. 22

What to expect: Thanksgiving in Bend requires a little running and a lot of pie. Participants can race in the time 5K or 10K or go at their own pace in the untimed mile, 5K or 10K. Dessert will be at the finish line.

Where: Bend’s Old Mill District

Cost: Online registration is not yet available, but check back at the event website for updates

More information: www.footzonebend.comhappenings/i-like-pie