Oregon's Seven Regions
Oregon’s Spectacular Summer of Sport
All over the state, the Oregon summer offers an astounding variety of options to immerse yourself in our state’s sports culture. So get out and enjoy Oregon’s spectacular summer of sport!
The Coast: Beach Soccer, Windsurfing, Hoops and Sandboarding
Kick off your summer playing soccer in the sand! Enter youth or adult teams in the annual Seaside Beach Soccer Tournament and put your soccer skills to the test on the sandy beaches of Seaside. Then make your way down the coast to see many of the world’s best windsurfers in action at the Pistol River Wave Bash in majestic Gold Beach.
Enjoy two family-friendly events in Lincoln City this summer: the Summer Kite Festival followed by the annual Hoops at the Beach 3-on-3 basketball tournament. For those who want a true test of mind, body and spirit, the Buccaneer Rampage mud/obstacle race in Newport is the event for you, while mountain bikers can test their mettle in the Oregon Coast Gravel Epic in Waldport and Yachats. Finally, head to Florence for the Sand Master Jam, an annual showcase for the fast-emerging dune sport of sandboarding, which you’ll no doubt want to try out for yourself!
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Willamette Valley: TrackTown USA, Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
Legendary Hayward Field at the University of Oregon hosts the best in track & field, from the last two U.S. Olympic Trials, to the annual Prefontaine Classic, and this year’s NCAA Track & Field Championships. Then in July, “TrackTown, USA” will host the world as more than 2,000 young track & field athletes from 178 different countries descend on Eugene for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.
For those inspired to run your own race, sign up for the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon on Labor Day Weekend or the Race the Reaper obstacle course race in July. The incredibly scenic 13.1-mile Wine Country Half Marathon begins as the sun rises over the Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills and finishes as the charming town of Carlton welcomes you with a festival offering great Oregon wine, hearty food and live music. Known as mile-per-mile Oregon’s #1 obstacle course racing event, Race the Reaper features 20 unique and challenging obstacles designed to test your tenacity, fitness and resolve along on a six-mile course at the rustic Flying M Ranch in Yamhill County.
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Central Oregon: The Multisport Mecca
Perhaps no region epitomizes the stunning diversity of sports and recreation in our state like Central Oregon. Bend will have yet another opportunity to show off its multi-sport capabilities when it hosts the inaugural Oregon Senior Games this June, offering 16 different events for athletes ages 50 and older. Later in the summer, the epic Leadman Triathlon pays a visit as multisport athletes take on a 2.5K/5K swim in Cultus Lake, 106K/223K bike course around Mount Bachelor and 12/22K run through Tetherow and along the banks of the scenic Deschutes River.
Also in September, more than 600 golfers will descend upon Central Oregon for championship-caliber amateur golf at the Pacific Amateur Golf Classic on the region’s finest golf courses. The Cascade Lakes Relay caps off the summer of sport in Central Oregon, featuring a beautiful course with minimal traffic and the intimate feel of a small but professional event.
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Portland Metro: New Teams and Endless Events
Portland summers are simply jam-packed with sports, from eclectic adventure races to storied franchises. Those lucky enough to come up with a ticket to the sold-out Portland Timbers get the opportunity to cheer alongside the most passionate and compelling fan base in North American soccer. This summer, Portland has the prestigious honor of hosting Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game vs. legendary Bayern Munich. The summer will be packed with both soccer and baseball as the Portland Thorns FC look to defend their National Women’s Soccer League title and the Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball team builds on their incredibly successful debut season.
The Portland area has countless summer events catering to all ages, abilities and interests, highlighted by the Little League Softball World Series, Warrior Dash Adventure Race, LPGA Safeway Classic, and new this summer the WinCo Foods Portland Open, a Web.com Tour event showcasing the future stars of the PGA Tour.
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Mt. Hood and the Gorge: Snow, Wind and Water
Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge are home to many of the state’s most exhilarating and awe-inspiring events, including the inaugural Hood 2 River Relay, a ski, bike, running and kayaking race from the high slopes of Mt. Hood down to the mighty Columbia River. Annual events include Gorge Windfest, and the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim, which offers participants a leisurely ride across the mighty Columbia River on the famous Sternwheeler. The only catch? When you reach the Washington shore, you’re jumping off the boat and swimming 1.1 miles back to Hood River!
In July, the Gorge hosts North America’s premier amateur kiteboarding event, Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, a truly remarkable sight that brings kiters from around the globe together in the fight against cancer. Meanwhile on iconic Mt. Hood, marquee events like the The West Coast Session freestyle skiing exhibition at Timberline, along with a boatload of summer ski and snowboard camps, keep the mountain bustling with stunning displays of aerial supremacy throughout the year. If you’re seeking a challenge, a thrill, or some combination of the two, the Gorge and Mt. Hood is the place for you!
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Southern Oregon: Glide Through Paradise
Home to some of the most unique landscapes in Oregon, it’s no surprise that the southern part of the state produces many of the most unique sports spectacles that Oregon has to offer. Now in its second year, the Wild Rogue Relay has quickly become one of the most unique and scenic wilderness relay courses in the country. Teams of 12 or 6 take on this 200+ mile relay race that follows the wild Rogue River from the Cascade Mountains all the way to the Oregon coast.
There are several fun and challenging running events in the region, including the Crater Lake Rim Runs, Atlas Race and the Rogue Run Half Marathon & 10K, which allows runners and walkers to truly soak in the bounty of the region on an asphalt pathway covering the entire the course. One of the state’s most visually captivating events takes place each June. The annual Rat Race paragliding competition fills the sky with a stunning array of colors, while hundreds of the world’s best paragliding pilots test their mettle on Woodrat Mountain near Jacksonville.
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Eastern Oregon: Rugged Terrain for Bikes and Broncs
There’s no need to wait for the official arrival of summer to get started on your sports summer in Eastern Oregon. Several hundred mountain bikers test their mettle each March on the unique Eastern Oregon desert terrain during the Echo Red 2 Red XC, while the Century Ride of the Centuries offers multiple biking routes alongside tranquil farms and ranches on the trip from Pendleton to the Blue Mountain foothills and back. In July, those same Blue Mountains entice triathletes to a rugged, off-road experience known as the XTERRA La Grande Offroad Triathlon. Then in September, visitors from around the globe will descend on Pendleton for one of Oregon’s signature annual events, the storied, entertaining and always-lively Pendleton Round-Up.
Watch our two minute video to learn more about the Oregon Sports Authority's efforts to promote the state as a premier sports destination.