How It Works
The Bend Beer Chase is a one-day six-person running relay of approximately 50 miles, consisting of 12 legs of varying distance (4-8miles per leg). The course starts from Bend, travels to Redmond, to Sisters and back to finish in Bend. On a 6-person team, each person runs 2 legs; On a 3-person team, each person runs 4 legs… you get the idea.
The relay starts at Worthy Brewing on the east side of Bend. Teams of 6 or less will set off on the relay portion towards Redmond, Sisters and then back to Bend. Once a team completes the relay portion of the race in Bend near downtown then the race changes to a team run for the last “Keg Leg“. Vans will park near downtown and no longer be a part of the race. Runners then follow the remaining Keg Leg course with stops at 7 breweries along the way. The final finish line party will be held at Crow’s Feet Commons.
Individuals can choose to only do the Keg Leg Bend portion of the race if they do not wish to complete to relay portion. The Keg Leg starts at Crows Feet Commons and finishes a block away at Bend Brewing Company so it is an easy walk back to the finish line festivities.
Each time you exchange at a brewery, you will have the option to enjoy a 3-4oz sample of beer. This is not required, but we expect many people to enjoy this opportunity. Every team must have a designated driver that is not drinking until the van is parked for the last leg of the race.
Never run a relay before?!
We can almost guarantee this won’t be your last! You will need one race vehicle – we recommend a 12-passenger van, mini van or suburban. If you are a solo runner or pair, a driver will be needed. With teams of 3-6, a driver is optional. You entire team starts together at Worthy Brewing. The first runner takes off to run their leg, and the van jumps ahead to the first exchange point to drop off the 2nd runner and pick up the first runner. This continues for 12 legs. The “inactive runners” – the runners in the van – play a support role: stopping (safely) along the course to cheer on runners, providing your runner with water, making sure they navigate confusing turns, etc. The official relay race finishes at Crow Feet Commons, where you’ll receive your official race time. Once you all reach Crows Feet Commons, you ditch the van for the rest of the course and run the remaining Keg Leg together – taking your time to enjoy the breweries along the way and finishing at Crux Fermentation Project where all of the beers along the course will be available!
Teams are self-supporting, which means they carry their own water and food during the race. We do not have aid stations and water stops every mile, as you can imagine how difficult it would be to coordinate that feat across 70 miles! We do provide aid in critical areas that teams may not be able to reach their runner or walker; these are noted in the race guide.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of a relay like the Bend Beer Chase is the team aspect of running an event like this provides. Running is often a solitary sport, but in a relay, it’s all about your team. After the relay portion of the race then teams have the opportunity to run together through some of Bend’s best breweries. Our teams get in to the spirit by creating elaborate team names and themes, wearing matching outfits, participating in contests, having spontaneous dance parties, cheering on fellow runners, and decorating their vans. The Bend Beer Chase is a race, a celebration, and a vacation all wrapped up in one day of running. We invite you to discover what this race is all about, and why teams run a Cascade Relay event year after year!