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 on back to back June weekends in Lincoln City: the Summer Kite Festival followed by the annual Hoop It Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament. For those who want a true test of mind, body and spirit, the inaugural Buccaneer Rampage mud/obstacle race in Newport is the event for you, while mountain bikers can test their mettle in the first annual 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 summer’s NCAA Track & Field Championships. Next summer, “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 in the picturesque Yamhill Valley. You’ll begin your scenic 13.1-mile journey as the sun rises gracefully over the Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills, then make your way through the rolling back roads of Oregon’s wine country. Prepare to cross the finish line with a deep sense of satisfaction as the charming town of Carlton welcomes you with a festival offering great Oregon wine, hearty food and live music, not to mention your very own medal!
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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 passion for cycling when the USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals and thousands of cyclists from across the nation roll into town in September for five days of intense racing drama. Later in the month, the epic Leadman Triathlon pays a visit as multisport athletes take on a 5K swim in Cultus Lake, 223K bike course around Mount Bachelor and 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 USA Track & Field Club Cross Country Nationals cap off the year of sports in Central Oregon as the top running clubs from across the nation compete for cash prizes on some of the best cross country running terrain in America.
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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 of Major League Soccer get the opportunity to cheer alongside the most passionate and compelling fan base in North American soccer. This summer, the Timbers are joined by the Portland Thorns FC of the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League and the Hillsboro Hops Northwest League single-a baseball team, which starts play in a brand new baseball stadium on June 17.
Portland will host two big-time events this July: the CONCACAF Gold Cup featuring the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team vs. Belize and Costa Rica vs. Cuba at JELD-WEN Field on July 9, and the Street League Skateboarding Nike SB World Tour at the Rose Garden on July 14, which will draw 20 of the world’s best street skateboarders to the Rose City to compete on a one-of-a-kind concrete skate plaza.
The Portland area has thousands of summer events catering to all ages, abilities and interests, from the Little League Softball World Series to the Warrior Dash Adventure Race, from the LPGA Safeway Classic to the Portland Marathon, and many, many more. Find the one (or two or three or four…) that’s calling your name and sign up now!
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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 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, 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. The annual Rat Race paragliding competition near Jacksonville fills the sky with a stunning array of colors each June as hundreds of the world’s best paragliding pilots test their mettle on Woodrat Mountain. This September, an all-new obstacle race series, Atlas Race, will make a much-anticipated debut near Medford. Further east, the Tour de Outback cycling event offers you the chance to ride through the idyllic landscapes of Lake County during two day mountain or road bike tours.
There are many special running events in the region, including the Crater Lake Rim Runs, the recently launched Wild Rogue Relay, one of the most unique and scenic wilderness relay courses in the country, and the Rogue Run Half Marathon, which allows runners and walkers to truly soak in the bounty of the region on an asphalt pathway covering the entire the course.
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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.
In June, the Eastern Oregon town of Fossil will host 6,000+ participants in the world-renowned Tough Mudder obstacle course series, designed by British Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. 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. And finally, wrap up your summer with a team of running friends in the Hells Canyon Relay, a 214-mile trek from Baker City to La Grande alongside awe-inspiring rivers, canyons and wildlife.
Watch our two minute video to learn more about the Oregon Sports Authority's efforts to promote the state as a premier sports destination.