Six weeks: Happy Girls Sisters, a half marathon and 5K for women held Oct. 4. The half begins at the top of Peterson Ridge and finishes at FivePine Lodge. The 5K starts and finishes at the lodge. Registration costs $35 for the 5K and $80 for the half, and the entry fee will increase Oct. 5 and again at packet pick-up. To learn more, visit

Two months: The Bend Thanksgiving Classic, 5K and 10K races held at the Old Mill District in Bend on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving morning. Entry will cost $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K from Nov. 1 to Nov. 20, and the price will increase by $5 starting Nov. 21. Proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run. Registration is not yet available online, but more information is available at

Four months: The MAD Ass Run, a stripped-down 25K or 50K run on two 25K loops in Madras on Jan. 27. There is no pre-registration for this untimed run, but participants must sign a waiver before heading out. MADras Runners suggest a $20 donation or what you can afford to cover the cost of the event and benefit the Jack Watts Memorial Scholarship. Bring a potluck dish to share after the run. Find more information at

— From staff reports