The course starts at the top of the Red Chair. There will be ski corrals for each start wave to place your skis. Please do not move other competitor’s skis, it is a first-come, first-serve placement for skis.
The race starts with a 200 foot sprint (length may vary due to snow conditions) uphill without your skis, then put them on and ski down the LeeWay trail. You must obey the control gates, gate keepers will be monitoring the course. If you miss a gate you must re-enter or receive a time penalty.
The course is a beginner/intermediate run. The course may change due to snow conditions.
Nordic Ski Leg
The Nordic ski course was revised in 2018 to better protect it from potential snow melt and race day weather with much of the course staying on the south side of the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Trails in the protection of magnificent old growth timber. The trail no longer goes toward the north side of the trails where it is more open and exposed to storm winds and direct snow melting sun.side of the trails where it is more open and exposed to storm winds and direct snow melting sun.
In addition, the new course doesn’t quite go as low in elevation, and it has a nice flatter section before the climb back to the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.
As in the past the course circles the West Village Parking Lot, before dropping down Blue Jay’s to Junction 11 where it follows the traditional course down to Junction 19. It then takes Woody’s Way through Junction 18 going all the way up to Junction 6. There the trail takes a right to junction 10 and continues on a nice easy loop on Blue Jay’s to Junction 11 where it turns left and returns to Junction 10 though Emil’s clearing still with easier terrain. From Junction 10 the course, like in the past, climbs up to the Common Corridor and returns back to the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center and the bike transition.Download Mountain Nordic Course Map
Upon leaving the Exchange area, please proceed out of the West Village Parking lot towards downtown Bend for 22 miles. No drafting allowed. There will be car traffic between the Bike Start and the Sunriver Junction and after the Seventh Mountain Resort to the Athletic Club of Bend. There will be Race Volunteers to assist with Traffic Control at all intersections. Please BE AWARE of vehicles. The course is primarily downhill with one uphill climb after the Sunriver Junction. Parents may not ride with their children on bike course. ONLY those competitors who are doing the Bike Leg are to be riding on the course (extra riders impede safety). Remember to have your Bib# visible as you approach the Bike Finish for the volunteers to call your number for your teammate or support crew to be ready. The Bike Finish will be just before the Mt. Washington Roundabout.
Run Leg (Sponsored by the Athletic Club of Bend)
The 5 mile course starts at the Athletic Club of Bend.Runners will run up the trail from the Athletic Club and then turn back toward town after running through Mt Bachelor Village. Then they will continue past Touchmark down Reed Market to the Healy Bridge.Adults turn south on to River Trail to go to South Canyon Bridge.Kid teams that are 12 and under will cross Healy Bridge on sidewalk, then turn right and loop under bridge.Kids / Adults will continue through Farewell Bend Park, turning right before the playground and heading back over the Healy Bridge westbound. Upon leaving the bridge, runners will turn right on West River Trail northbound, continue into Kayak Exchange at Riverbend Park.
Canoe/Kayak Leg (Sponsored by Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe)
The Canoe/Kayak leg will be a chute system based on your division and bib number. The course is .8 km upstream to the turnaround buoy under the Healy Bridge, then downstream 1.2 km around the island (stay to the right of the island), and back upstream to the Canoe/Kayak finish. The put in and the take out are the same beach. Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe will have rafts and guides to monitor the course and assist in an emergency.
The final sprint starts at the Canoe/Kayak Finish.
As you get out of the water, you will run up river until you get to the first footbridge.
- Turn left onto the footbridge. This will take you to Farewell Bend Park.
- Once you cross, take a left and run on the paved path.
- Continue past Red Robin.
- Once you see the footbridge by The Gap and Anthony’s Restaurant, take a left.
- The finish line will be right as you cross that bridge.
The finish line festivities will be right there in the West Event Grass – Not the Hayden Homes Amphitheater.
This new course is completely wheelchair accessible. No more running in grass. Approximately .9 miles. Only one team member may cross the Finish Line. Team members may join the sprinter in the Competitor’s area of the Finish Arena.
At the finish, please enjoy snacks from Trader Joe’s and other beverages from Bigfoot Beverages.Download Sprint Course Map