There is always something fun happening in Bend, Oregon. Central Oregon is home to a variety of year-round events from sporting and recreational festivities like the Cascade Cycling Classic and the Pole Pedal Paddle to an array of festivals like Balloons Over Bend, Bend's Bend WinterFest and Summer Festival, the Halloween Cyclocross Crusade & Festival, and free summer concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.
This will be the third running of the Flagline 50k trail run. Runners will be treated to a long tour of Central Oregon’s high country trails with amazing views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Mt. Bachelor. The course has some great mix of old growth pine and lodgepole forests, above treeline singletrack, a couple of stout climbs, and a creek to cool the feet. 5 aid stations fully stocked with food and drink to power you through your journey to finishing a challenging 50k run.
Course starts out with a net down from Dutchman Flat to aid 1 with some great double and singletrack through some lodgepole forests that skirt Vista Butte on the way to Swampy Lakes Snow Park. After a quick stop at the aid station you will proceed through some of the Nordic trails to where you hang a left for the Flagline Trail. This is one of the hardest climbs on the course and will be a challenging run for the next 6 or so miles to Aid 2. Once you are through the second aid station you will proceed through some rolling single track that flirts with some great alpine glades, a creek crossing (feet wet) and great views for miles. At aid 3 you will start a dirt road decent down to the headwaters of Tumalo Creek. After crossing the creek (on a bridge) you will begin the toughest climb on the course for 3.5 miles back up to the aid station you just left. Enjoy the climb and all the little glades, big ol’ trees, and more amazing views. After aid 4 your brain will get a break from sinlgetrack and be treated to one of the most beautiful dirt roads I have ever been on. Well the road itself is nothing special but the views from there are quite amazing. After your coast downhill we throw you right back in the woods and a short jog to the last aid station (aid 5). After topping off you get a rolling trail back to Mt. Bachelor. When you get back to Dutchman flat you will be guided out to cross Century Drive and finish via the Nordic trails at Mt. Bachelor.