Let’s Rock the Races!

Pete the PacificSource monkey modeling the free hat kids earn after participating in two races.

Pete the PacificSource monkey modeling the free hat kids earn after participating in two races.

This spring and summer, kids and seniors in Bend, OR have been busy walking, jogging and running through the PacificSource Rock the Races program. We’ve been giving away free entries to a series of kids’ fun runs and 5K races as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and we’ve had a great response so far! We kicked off the season early with the Little Snow Warriors Run at Winter Fest in February. Next, there was a great turn out at the Little Fry Run and 5K at the Salmon Run in early May. (Check out the pictures below.) And this holiday weekend, seniors and kids will be rocking the Happy Girls 5K and Happy Little Kids Run at Riverbend Park.

Inspired? Want to get involved? We’ll be giving away 50 kid registrations at three more fun runs and 25 senior registrations at two more 5K races. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the registration code.

Kids Rock the Races Seniors Rock the Races
Little Snow Warriors at Winterfest: February 15 n/a
Little Fry Run at the Salmon Run: May 3 Salmon Run 5K: May 3
Happy Little Kids Run at Happy Girls Half Marathon, 10K & 5K: May 24 Happy Girls 5K: May 25
Little Hopper Root Beer Run at the Bite of Bend: June 28 Bite of Bend 5K: June 29
Balloon Blast at Balloons over Bend Children’s Festival: July 19 n/a
Kids Splash ‘n Dash at Deschutes Dash: July 27 Deschutes Dash 5K: July 27


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An Oregonian’s Guide to Playing in the Rain

puddle_jumperHere’s the deal, if you live in the Northwest, staying active during our 7 months of solid rain takes dedication. But if you’re a true Oregonian, you can actually use the rain to your advantage! We asked one of our guest bloggers, Emily, to give us some tips for playing in the rain. True rain playing isn’t for amateurs, so take some tips from a pro! Emily, take it away:

Some of my favorite childhood memories came from going out in the pouring rain, when every ditch and field was flooded, and embracing the rain with my best friend. We ran in the rain, galloped through water up to our knees, and got soaked to the skin. What can I say? I’m a native Oregonian. Rain water runs through my veins. Umbrellas are for imports.

While very fun, playing in a downpour takes some expertise that can only be acquired through true dedication to the craft. With that in mind, here are my 10 rules for making the most out of playing in the rain:

  1. Don’t wear heavy clothing (drowning is NOT the goal) or anything that will chafe.
  2. Don’t play with lightning.  Seriously.  Just don’t.
  3. Watch drains and ditches, they can be VERY dangerous and fast-moving in rain storms. My friend and I discovered an uncovered drainage hole in the soccer field, my friend almost sucked down!
  4. Don’t go out if you’re not feeling 100%.  Pneumonia is not your friend.
  5. Don’t play with real flood water or in areas that are likely to flood. There’s a difference between playing in a field that is temporarily flooded due to excessive rain and standing on top of a car, waiting for rescue.
  6. Only play in areas you are familiar. Remember, all sorts of hazardous objects can hide in the water.
  7. Wear long pants and boots.
  8. Have a decontamination area ready…you don’t want the water and mud tracked through the entire house!
  9. Be ready to get dry and warm as soon as you get home. Have the towels and hot cocoa, tea, cider or soup prepped.
  10. Have fun!!!