One of the first half marathons of the year in the Northwest, the Salmon Run has long been central to the local racing scene. Because of its early-season timing, it is also the quintessential race for runners looking to build a base for future races. Each year, the mighty Salmon make an expedition of a lifetime back to their homes – traversing thousands of miles and overcoming countless obstacles on their river journeys. The Salmon juxtapose the infinite space of their ocean homes against the micro-streams of their birth in one monumental run. Experience the awesomeness of the salmon migration by completing your own Salmon Run! Begin and end your adventure along the Deschutes River and imagine what a river journey could be like for the mighty salmon. The backdrop couldn’t be more beautiful than the Deschutes River corridor in beautiful Bend, Oregon. With distances from the 5k to the half-marathon, there is a perfect course length for everyone. The race takes place just east of the Cascade Mountains, whose lakes and mountain peaks are a favorite for skiing in winter and hiking in the summer, while the nearby volcanic peaks like Pilot Butte offer stunning vistas of Oregon’s High Desert terrain for miles around.