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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, April 22, 2018
2017: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 46°F (7°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 31° F (0°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: Request Score
Course Score: Request Score

Race Size

2017: 188 Finishers
2016: 241 Finishers
2015: 240 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 3.2%
2016: 5.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The challenging Bend Marathon starts in downtown Bend, goes through the heart of the city, and then heads north along the Deschutes River. At mile 5, the course turns back south and passes through downtown again. The course then travels out to the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway with a turn around near Seventh Mountain Resort. The last section of the course goes through Tetherow neighborhood to the West Bend Trail.

The course is run on approximately 85% pavement and 15% gravel trail with about 500 feet between the high and low elevations of the route.

Marathon Rankings

The Bend Marathon was the 267th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 237th largest in 2016.

Last year 3.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Bend Marathon the 404th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 354th highest percentage in 2016.

There are currently no Course or PR Scores for the Bend Marathon. If you would like scores calculated, send a request here.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

No course elevation available at this time.

Recent Bend Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2017 Bend Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


2017 Was the 3rd year for it and I have to say they are off to a great start! Aid stations were plentiful and staffed by great people, the set up, timing, and directions are well laid. Since it is a small race you may have some moments where you are actually alone which was surprisingly nice.

Race Tips

It has hills, it's at altitude, you will get hit in the face with wind. I was told two years ago there was a hail storm. In short, you are not going to get your PR but you will have a nice barometer of a 'harder' marathon and for me it was a humbling experince. Will I run it again? Yes!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Big parking lot 2 blocks away from start, look at VRBO or AirBnB - this is during shoulder season so the ski area is less busy - meaning there are open reservations. Check out the breweries while here. Really easy for people to cheer you on in multiple spots during the race however be mindful of the traffic circles towards Mt Bachelor as they will end up as parking lots that day.

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