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 the mountains of the Siuslaw National Forest. 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!
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 the NCAA Track & Field Championships. In 2021 Eugene will host the IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the first time the prestigious event has ever been held in the U.S. Seizing on all of the track and field momentum, the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA launched the TrackTown Youth League, a series of free all-comer youth track meets across the state to connect Oregon kids with a sport that now defines the state.
For those inspired to run your own race, sign up for the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon in August or the Race the Reaper obstacle course race in September. 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 three and six-mile courses at the rustic Flying M Ranch in Yamhill County.
Central Oregon: The Multisport Mecca
Perhaps no region epitomizes the stunning diversity of sports and recreation in our state like Central Oregon. Bend will show off its multi-sport capabilities when it hosts the annual Oregon Senior Games in June, offering 16 different events for athletes ages 50 and older. The Cascade Lakes Relay fills Central Oregon roads with runners each August, featuring a beautiful course with minimal traffic and the intimate feel of a small but professional event. And 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.
Portland Metro: Big Time Events, Timbers, Thorns and Hops
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. The Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League title offer area soccer fans the opportunity to cheer on some of world’s biggest stars in the sport. And baseball fans get to enjoy the summertime weather as the Hillsboro Hops look to defend their Northwest League title in one of the best minor league baseball venues in the nation.
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 Portland Classic, and the WinCo Foods Portland Open, a Web.com Tour event showcasing the future stars of the PGA Tour. Also in August, the Portland Golf Club will host the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur, drawing top women’s golfers from around the globe.
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 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 the Mountain Lakes 100 along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cascade mountains, 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. One of the world’s biggest stand up paddle board races, the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge arrives in the Gorge each August. And up 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.
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 Marathon, 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.
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 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 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.
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