If you are looking for the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful course – welcome to the Cascade Lakes Relay! Having grown from 62 teams at its inception to over 300 teams and 3,500 participants, Cascade Lakes Relay is the premiere relay race, capturing the spirit of the Cascade Mountains. A whopping 216-mile course takes teams through the beauty of Central Oregon as groups start the race overnight at Diamond Lake, cross to Silver Lake, through the backs of La Pine and end at Riverbend Park, in Bend. Pegged as being an event truly focused on team spirit and camaraderie, this evokes the Central Oregonian soul. Cross the finish line and enjoy a rockin’ party in downtown Bend at Riverbend Park. Perhaps the most unique aspect of a relay like the Cascade Lakes Relay 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. Teams get in to the spirit by creating elaborate team names, wearing matching outfits, participating in contests, having spontaneous dance parties, cheering on fellow runners, and decorating their vans. The Cascade Lakes Relay is a race, a celebration, and a vacation all wrapped up in one weekend of running. We invite you to discover what relays are all about, and why teams return year after year to run together!