Race Date, Time, and Place
- Sunday April 24, 2016
- Marathon will start at 7:00 am, Half Marathon waves start at 8:30 am and 8:45 am , Family 4k at 9:00 am. Final assigned start time is in your packet.
- The start is on Oregon Ave (between Wall and Bond) in downtown Bend, OR.
- All races Finish at Mirror Pond Parking Lot, adjacent to iconic Drake Park.
- Participants must maintain an 13:44 average per mile pace (which equates to 3 hours for the half marathon, 6 hours for the full marathon) to stay ahead of our course sweep. Participants that fall behind the course sweep must obey traffic laws, as we cannot control traffic past sweep times. Additionally, aid stations will close once sweeps pass them, and volunteers providing directions will also be released to go. Participants behind pace should know the route.
- The above time limits are a result of requirements placed on us by the City of Bend (ex. to have particular sections of the course reopened by specific times). Race Directors thank you for your understanding.
Race Distances and Timing
- Full Marathon - 26.2 miles
- Half Marathon - 13.1 miles
- Family 4k - 2.5 miles
- There will be markers at each mile for Full and Half Marathons
- Full and Half distances will be professionally chip timed.
- Awards (non-cash) will be given to the top male and female finishers of the full marathon.
- Awards (non-cash) will be given to the top Masters (40+) male and female finishers of the full marathon.
- Awards (non-cash) will be given to the top male and female finishers of the half marathon.
- Awards (non-cash) will be given to the top Masters (40+) male and female finishers of the half marathon.
- Full Marathon - 500
- Half Marathon - 1250
- Family 4k - 300
Bag Check & Clothing Drop/Donation
Support / Aid Stations
- Bag check will be available starting at 6:15 am on race morning at the Finish line in the Mirror Pond Parking Lot, NW Franklin and Brooks Streets, next to Drake Park, three blocks from the Start line. Bags provided.
- In addition, we offering a service for runners to donate cold weather items at the Starting Line! Just wear that warm coat or sweater that is still in good condition but you just never use anymore over your running clothes to the Start Line, take it off when your race starts, and leave it there! We'll collect the donated clothing and donate it to people who can really use it.
Support / Aid Stations
- Aid Stations will be at miles 2.1, 3.7, 5.7, 7.4, 9.1 (half)/9.7 (full), 11.8, 14.1, 16.6, 19.1, 21.5, and 10.9 (half)/24 (full) and are marked on the Course Maps.
- Aid Stations will contain water, Nuun electrolyte drink, Picky Bars (in bite-sized pieces), and gummy bears!
- There will be portable restrooms (yay!) at the Start, Finish, and along the course.
- All registered runners will receive a long sleeve tech shirt, with a super duper cool design on it, a Picky Bar, and gifts/samples from local businesses.
- All finishers will ALSO receive a rad, unique medal (those who know us from our Gorgeous Relay know we bring it in this category), a beer from Deschutes Brewing (Bend in a glass) and more awesome swag (we will pleasantly surprise you, we promise).
Lodging & Travel Planning
- Usually mornings are cold and afternoons are pleasant.
- Average start temp 35°to 40°
- Average highs 60° to 65°
Transfers, Deferrals, and Registration Refund
- If you would like to transfer from the Full to the Half or vice versa, you have until 4.17.16 to do so. But you must understand that either of those events may be at capacity, which would not allow you make the transfer.
- If you would like to defer your registration to the 2017 event, you have until 2.1.16 to do so.
- New this year, we have added an option for participants to purchase "Registration Refund" insurance during registration. The insurance is administered by Transamerica (completely separate from Bend Marathon or RaceIt). "Registration Refund is a reimbursement program that provides registered participants protection for otherwise non-refundable registration expenses if they are unable to attend an event due to unforeseen circumstances." Refunds are not available outside of this policy. Additional FAQ's and instructions to make a claim can be found here.
- There will be no exceptions to these deadlines.
- Click the link to view your transaction and make any changes necessary.
- If you are in the Bend area, join the FootZone Bend Marathon Training Group
- If you are in the Portland area, join the Coach Jim's Bend Marathon Training Group.
- Whole Body Fitness also offers great personal training and nutrition services.
- Parking in Bend near the Start and Finish areas is free on Sunday and posted time limits are not enforced. We want to be great visitors and keep access to businesses open for all to enjoy by parking off street where we can. A map of parking options is available HERE.
- Parking information will also be included in your race packet.
- You can click the link to find out who else is registered for either the full or half marathon.
- Headphones are allowed, however runners will need to keep in mind that race officials might need to give directional instructions that you will need to hear (for your own safety).
- We love dogs, but having them accompany you during the event is prohibited.
- The course is about 10% good gravel trail and the marathon includes brief but rough rock and dirt trail.
- Strollers are allowed for the Family 4k and Bend Half, but runners need to be mindful of others while running this event. Also, while it is possible to run the full Bend Marathon with a stroller, we do not recommend it. There is a short section during the Full (only) that is quite rugged for strollers. No bicycles, hot wheels, or tyke bikes allowed.
- For an ADA accommodations contact Traci Manning, Race Director at 503-380-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Severe Conditions – Race Modification or Cancellation Policy
- Runners make a tremendous commitment to participate in a race and it is our goal to celebrate that commitment by putting on a wonderful race. The only thing more important to us is the safety of participants – runners, volunteers, spectators and vendors. We hope to never have to cancel a race. However, we have to be realistic that events can occur beyond the control of race directors or race participants that would make a race unsafe to run as scheduled.
- In the event of extreme conditions (fire, ice, extreme heat, or other), race directors will work with local public safety and our own medical advisors to determine if the conditions are safe for race participants and volunteers. In the event that conditions are deemed unsafe, race directors may modify or cancel the race at their sole discretion. In these extreme circumstances, as is true throughout the race industry, refunds will not be offered. Most of the costs involved in producing a race happen long before you go to the start line. None of us have control over the weather, and we all share in the risk involved if Mother Nature intervenes and makes it unsafe to continue with the event.
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” - John Bingham