The relay race was on in Bend, Oregon! We missed the first three legs of the race, which started with a sprint up a hill, followed by participants donning skis and then skiing down LeeWay Run on Mt. Bachelor. That’s the pole part. Next was supposed to be an 8-km crosscountry ski leg, but, with too little snow, a run replaced the Nordic skiing. Then a 22-mile bike ride – the pedal part — followed, bringing the contestants to where we could see them.
We walked to the race course in time to join the other spectators along the course of the 4th leg, a 5-mile run.
The 5th leg was the paddle event.
Bend, Oregon must be one of the best places to live for anyone who loves the outdoors and especially for skiing, cycling, and paddling. Bend’s also an inclusive place as evidenced by the range of participants in the race which included highly competitive athletes, those competing for fun, teams, families, and adaptive participants (with disabilities).
Pole pedal paddle was the place to be in Bend, and we celebrated the race along with everyone else in town. Well done!