Cascade Relays will produce the 8th Annual Cascade Lakes Relay Friday July 31st – Saturday August 1st with 3,000 runners and walkers along the scenic course which finishes in Bend, Oregon. The Cascade Lakes Relay has become the largest sporting event in Bend and is the most challenging relay race in the Pacific Northwest, beginning at Diamond Lake and finishing 216 miles later at Riverbend Park in Bend. An additional event has been added to Cascade Lakes Relay called CLR24. This new event consists of teams completing only the final 24- legs of the 36-leg course and teams will start at Silver Lake on Friday afternoon. Although the Cascade Lakes Relay includes decorated vans, costume contests and overall shenanigans, there is also a lot of training and hard work each runner must endure. On average, for a team of 12 runners, each runner will run three legs of the race covering 15-20 miles within 24-36 hours. The race is both trail and road and covers an elevation gain of over 8100 feet and loss of nearly 10,000 feet. Participants run throughout the day and night, braving all of the elements – extreme temperatures and sun during the day and often very cold nights. The forecast for this year’s event is projected to be sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 90’s.
Cascade Lakes Relay will host a Brew Fest at the finish line for all teams, friends, family and the general public. Spectators are welcome to come cheer on teams while enjoying beer, cider & Kombucha from six local breweries including: Crux Fermentation Project, 10 Barrel, Silver Moon Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Atlas Cider and Humm Kombucha. There will be food carts, vendors and a charity float on the river that will benefit St. Francis of Assisi School.
Cascade Relays is the country’s industry leader in using mobile technology, developing a Cascade Relays mobile timing app, created in partnership with Root-2 of Reno, Nevada. The Cascade Relays mobile app enables teams to record split times for all 36 legs, follow other teams race progress in real time, access all leg maps, engage with sponsors and breweries through promotions and discounts, and social media through out the event.
Every year Cascade Relays raises money for numerous local charities, school groups, and community organizations. In 2014, over $40,000 was contributed to 25 local charities and school groups in Central Oregon with a goal of raising $50,000 this year.
About Cascade Relays: Cascade Relays is a local business with the mission to provide exceptional race experiences, while supporting the local communities the race travels through. Owners Scott and Carrie Douglass prioritize rural courses, local vendors & small businesses, personal relationships and supporting local non-profits. Since 2008, Cascade Relays has directly contributed over $175,000 to local non-profit and community groups in Central Oregon through the Cascade Lakes Relay. Cascade Relays currently produces the Cascade Lakes Relay, Bend Beer Chase, and Spokane to Sandpoint Relay.