Beautiful, community-driven trail right at the edge of town.
There are few towns in the US as outdoor-focused as Bend, OR. Driving around, you’ll quickly lose count of the vehicles that appear to be going to, or returning from, a few days in the woods.
For the great folks who live in Bend, they needn’t travel far to get outside. The Deschutes National Forest starts right at the edge of town and offers miles and miles of beautiful, accessible trail. In fact, the Deschutes River 50K and 25K start right where the city ends and the National Forest begins — still within a ten-minute drive of a gazillion breweries.
The trails are a monument to the sense of community in Bend. While running the race, you’ll see runners, paddlers, walkers, hikers, bikers, horses, dogs — all enjoying the outdoors. Say hello and be sure to thank them for sharing their beautiful backyard!
Event Essentials (50K; 25K)
Distance: 30.9 miles; 15.4 miles
Elevation Gain/(Loss): 3,800’/(3,800’); 1,300’/(1,300’)
Start: 7:00am; 7:00am
Aid Stations: 6; 4
Cutoff: 10 hours (50K), 6 hours (25K)
Cost: $100, $75
Stewardship Partner: Central Oregon Trail Alliance
2019 UTMB Points: 1, 0
Friday, October 18
3:00pm-6:00pm — Optional bib pick-up and Q&A session at FootZone
Saturday, October 19
5:30am-6:45am — Check-in and bib pick-up (All runners must check in on Saturday morning ,even if they picked up their bib on Friday)
5:30am-6:45am — Drop bag drop-off
6:50am — Pre-race brief
7:00am — Start
1:00pm — 25K cutoff
5:00pm — 50K cutoff
3:00pm — Awards, successes and stories
9:00am-7:00pm — Post-race festivities
In order to check in, you MUST present a photo ID. No one may pick up your bib for you — no exceptions.
The 25K and 50K courses start together on the outskirts of Bend, at the LOGE Entrada, and head south toward the Deschutes River. 50K runners will parallel the river for 8.8 miles, while 25K runners will peel off at the 7.2-mile mark. Along the way, you’ll run through open plateaus, aspen groves, and plenty of ponderosas.
Importantly, these races takes place on popular, multi-use trails. You’ll share the trail with a variety of great folks — walkers, runners, bikers, hikers, horses, dogs, etc. During the fall, many of the trails are off-leash-friendly for dogs. Don’t be surprised if a furry friend (or two) decides to run with you!
For the safety, enjoyment, and shared respect of everyone on the trail, we ask that runners yield the right-of-way to other trail users.
50K Elevation Profile
The 50K presents fairly modest elevation gains of approximately 3,800 feet (1,158 meters), The majority of the gains come in one, gradual climb to the midpoint of the course. From there, the course travels back downhill to the start/finish.
You’ll top out at 5,619 feet (1,712 meters) at Kiwa Butte, where you can scope Mt. Bachelor.
25K Elevation Profile
Don’t be fooled by the elevation profile — this 25K runs fast! Like the 50K, the 25K has modest elevation gains. Runners can expect about 1,300 feet (396 meters) of ascent.
The high point of the course is 4,232 feet (1,290 meters).
50K Turn Sheet
The 50K is approximately 94.0% single-track, 5.5% fire road and 0.5% road. A few stretches of the single-track trail, however, are closer to double-track because of the area’s usage and popularity.
25K Turn Sheet
The 25K is approximately 84.0% single-track, 16.0% fire road and 0.0% road. You will cross one paved road, but 0.031% road didn’t fit our one-digit rounding scheme. Still, we thought you should know.
Runners can expect welcoming and well-stocked aid stations! We’ll have the usual assortment of salty and sweet foods for herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Here are a few examples:
Drink: Tailwind, water, soda
Food: Bananas, grapes, chips, candy, deli meat, cookies, potatoes, goldfish, cheese, gummy bears
Misc.: Electrolyte/salt pills, antacids, vaseline, tape, sunscreen
Our aid stations are "cupless," so you'll need to pack your own drinking device.
50K Aid Stations
25K Aid Stations
Directions to Start/Finish at LOGE Entrada
Both races start and end at the LOGE Entrada at 19221 SW Century Drive, Bend, OR.
Everyone involved with the race — runners, volunteers and spectators — must park at the LOGE Entrada. Please, do not park at any trail head. We want to be respectful of the many other people who will be using the trails.
Pacers, Crew & Spectators
Sorry, folks — no pacers, no crew. Spectators, on the other hand, are more than welcome to spend the day at the start/finish area. It’ll be family-friendly!
We're partnering with the great folks at LOGE Camps to offer accommodations right at the start/finish. Participants will receive a 15% discount at the LOGE Entrada with the promo code Everlong15.
There is plenty of camping available in the Deschutes National Forest, with many options within a 15-minute drive of the start. The National Forest’s website has details.
Friendly, leashed dogs are more than welcome at the start/finish area. They are not, however, allowed with runners on the trail.
50K runners are allowed a drop bag at ONE of the following two aid stations. Please bring your drop bag to check-in on Saturday morning.
Junction 43 (mile 12.8)
Junction 35 (mile 20.7)
Your drop bag should be about the size of a shoebox and prominently display the following information:
First & Last Name
Bib # (available at UltraSignup a few days before the race)
While we’ll treat your drop bag with care and respect, please do not put anything fragile in it. We'll begin transporting "used" drop bags back to the start/finish around 12:00pm.
Portable restrooms will be available at the Start/Finish. Also, there are “rustic” (no running water) Forest Service restrooms at Lava Island and Dillon Falls. If you absolutely must use the restroom elsewhere, please do so in accordance with our rules. Please be respectful of the many other users of the Deschutes trail system.
We will have “live” — meaning delayed and spotty — runner tracking available at a select few aid stations during the race. We will use UltraSignup’s tool and link to it from our home page. Since there is extremely limited cell service in Deschutes National Forest, runner tracking is 70% accurate (at best). So, please tell your friends and family to rely on it for sporadic updates — not a real-time view of your progress and well-being.
Non-Profit Stewardship Partner
We donate $5.00 from every race registration to a local trail stewardship organization. For the Deschutes River 50K and 25K, we’re partnering with the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA), a world-class organization that helps keep the trails around Bend world-class.
The top female and male finishers in two age categories — “Open” (0-39) and “Masters” (40+) — will receive a $50 gift certificate to FootZone in downtown Bend. We’ll also have a “Newbie” award for the female and male runners who set a new distance PR. The “Newbie” award, which is determined by the RD, is not necessarily about being fast — it’s about exhibiting the qualities that make the trail running community great.
All finishers will receive a modest “thank you” for joining us.
Starting around 3:00pm, we’ll have food, music and an assortment of NW beers available at the finish line.
Feel free to email the RD, Denis, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always happy to chat trails.