Categories for Central Oregon

Walk to end Alzheimer’s – Albany

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

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Old and young compete at USA BMX Great NW Nationals

View a video report from KTVZ on the USA BMX Great Northwest Nationals. Hundreds of BMX racers converged on the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center this past weekend for the USA BMX Great Northwest Nationals. They traveled from locations across western North America, including Oregon, Washington, California, British Columbia, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. They raced and raced and raced on the dirt track that occupied the arena floor of…

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Coalition announces quest to bring Ironman to Central Oregon

The Central Oregon Visitors Association (“COVA”), Oregon Sports Authority and two Bend, Oregon companies, local promoter Lay It Out Events and sports business consultant G2 Strategic, announced today that they have partnered to form a coalition to bid for Central Oregon to host a West Coast United States Ironman® event starting in Fall 2013. The coalition will respond to a Request For Proposals (RFP) issued by Tampa, Florida-based World Triathlon…

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Red Bull Rivals

The format is simple; OSU Beavers vs. UO Ducks on-snow! Form a team of 15 people – with up to 2 wild card members and the rest made up of student athletes. The course will be in the slopestyle arena under the Pine Marten chair. Think a mixture between the Dirksen Derby fun rally course with obstacles to get creative with and jib on or ollie over, and a mix…

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USA Cycling awards Masters Road National Championships to Bend

USA Cycling has awarded the 2011 and 2012 Masters Road National Championships to Bend. Following the city’s successful hosting of the Elite/U23/Juniors Road and the Cyclo-cross National Championships, the cycling hotbed is now poised to host another round of the nation’s best. Held in Louisville, Kentucky 2008 through 2010, the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships are scheduled to go off in Bend, Aug. 30 – Sept. 4, 2011 and…

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Cyclo-cross championships descend on Bend, showcase the sport’s heritage in Oregon

Although the expected frigid temperatures and possible snowfall might seem better-suited to boards and bindings, a different kind of racer will invade Bend this weekend as the city hosts its second cycling national championship event of 2009. Thursday through Sunday a record 1,600-plus racers are expected in the city’s Old Mill District for the U.S. cyclocross national championships, which follow on heels of August’s successful road nationals. Competitors in cyclocross,…

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USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals invade Bend this week

The largest-ever USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships are set to go off Dec. 10-13 in the heart of Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District. Over 1,600 unique riders will make over 2,000 starts and compete for the Stars-and-Stripes across 30 age and ability categories. The sport’s top stars will be among those on hand competing for ultimate bragging rights in the Dec. 13 elite finale. Bend’s own reigning national champion Ryan…

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UO Athletics to host Matthew Knight Arena open houses

The University of Oregon’s Athletics Department will host open houses for the new Matthew Knight Arena at locations throughout the state during the month of November. The open houses will feature a hands on tour of the arena display center, where potential seat-holders can view the interactive displays, video fly-throughs and dimensional floor plans, sit in the arena seats and view a presentation with videos and illustrations of the arena…

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A lucrative finish line in sight

Building on the success of USA Cycling’s recent national championship event that pumped an estimated $1.5 million into the local economy, Visit Bend is in preliminary discussions with the cycling organization to host one of the organization’s annual national championship events in Bend each year through 2020, according to Visit Bend President and CEO Doug La Placa. In a board of directors meeting Tuesday for Visit Bend, the city’s tourism-promotion…

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Bend cycling attracts top riders while boosting region’s economy

Although the sun set Sunday on two weeks of top-level bike racing in the high desert, Bend’s opportunity to lay claim to the title of cycling capital of the United States is just dawning. By seamlessly hosting the nation’s longest running stage race one week and the national championships for elite, under-23 and junior road racers the next, the city burnished its bike-haven reputation and boosted its faltering economy as…

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USA Cycling Road Nationals up next for top cyclists

Just two days after the conclusion of the 30th annual Cascade Cycling Classic, Central Oregon is back in the bike saddle with the USA Cycling Junior/U23/Elite/Paralympic Road National Championships, which will be staged in and around Bend today through Sunday. Starting today at 9 a.m., national titles for multiple age groups in road races, time trials and criteriums will be decided. This is the first year the annual race series…

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Cycling races a boon for Bend

Tucked along the Deschutes River on the eastern edge of the Cascades, Bend is surrounded by some of the West Coast’s most rugged, breathtaking and adventurous terrain. From skiing and boarding on Mount Bachelor (22 miles from downtown), to road cycling, kayaking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, rock climbing and hiking — it’s got a little something for everyone. Named “Best Adventure Town” by Men’s Journal in 2005 and one of Outside…

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BMX invasion

The races were staged one right after another, each lasting barely a minute. A spectator could blink and miss some of the action. Parents cheered on their children. Children cheered on their parents. The quick, relentless pace of national BMX (bicycle motocross) racing, with its familial atmosphere, hit the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center Friday night. The American Bicycle Association’s BMX Great Northwest Nationals is being staged in Central…

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USA Cycling Awards Junior, U23 and Elite Road Nationals to Bend

Visit Bend today announced that USA Cycling has awarded the 2009 and 2010 Junior, U23 and Elite Road National Championships to Bend. Dates for the 2009 event are July 28 through August 2, and the announcement comes barely a month after Bend was awarded the 2009 & 2010 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. This marks the first time that two USA Cycling National Championships will be held in the same…

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Video: Bend wins Cyclo-Cross National Championships

Cyclist Carl Decker, from Bend, has been competing in Cyclo-Cross races since 1984. Tuesday the news came; the National Championships will be at the Old Mill District in December 2009 and December 2010. “I feel great about it, I’ll be able to just ride from my house, and not change in the car for once, and go straight to my own hot shower after a cold race,” Decker says. —…

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USA Cycling Awards Cyclo-Cross Championships to Bend

USA Cycling today announced that it has awarded the 2009 and 2010 Cyclo-cross National Championships to Bend. The announcement comes on the heels of a recent site inspection and city tour by USA Cycling’s national events manager Tom Vinson, and is the culmination of a yearlong effort led by Visit Bend and the Oregon Sports Authority to bring the event to Bend. “While all of the bids received by USA…

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Bend bids to host U.S. Cyclocross National Championships

Next year at this time, Central Oregon could be preparing to host the nation’s fastest cyclocross riders and one of the most fan-friendly of all bike races. Earlier this year, a local consortium announced its intention to try to bring the 2009 Cyclocross National Championships to Bend. And late last month the group submitted a formal bid on the event to USA Cycling, the governing body of cyclocross in the…

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Mt. Bachelor to host 2009 Winter Triathlon National Championship

The USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship will return to Mt. Bachelor on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, the Oregon Sports Authority announced today.  The national championship features a mass start run, followed by a mountain bike portion on snow, and finishes with a Nordic ski leg.  Even though this is a national championship, there are no pre-qualifying races so all athletes are encouraged to participate in winter triathlon’s premiere event.…

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Nation’s top trail runners headed to Central Oregon

It is no secret that Central Oregon features some of the best running trails in the country. In 2006, the editors of Outside Magazine named Bend “America’s Best Trail Running Town.” But is Central Oregon home to the top trail runners in the United States? That question could be answered in a little more than a week, when Bend will host the 2008 XTERRA Trail Running National Championship. The race…

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ABA/BMX Great Northwest Nationals returning to Redmond

The ABA (American Bicycle Association) has signed a three-year extension to keep the ABA BMX Great Northwest Nationals bicycle motocross (BMX) competition at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon. The 2009 event, presented by Team BMX Oregon and the Oregon Sports Authority, will be held at the Hooker Creek Event Center April 3-5. The 2008 Great Northwest Nationals had over 1,200 riders from across the country competing in numerous…

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BMX racers come from all over for Great Northwest Nationals

They came from all over the United States and Canada — some from as far away as New York and Boston, others from right here in Central Oregon.And they raced through the day, one group right after the next, frantically attacking the dirt course of roller jumps and high-banked turns in the arena at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. About 1,200 BMX (bicycle motocross) racers of all ages…

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Time to drop the gate

John David calls 2008 an odd year for BMX racing. The best riders are currently vying to qualify for the Beijing Games, where BMX (bicycle motocross) will make its Olympic debut in August. It’s unknown territory for the sport, but the Olympic designation seems to have triggered a surge of excitement about BMX throughout the United States, according to David, the director of the American Bicycling Association (ABA) BMX. –…

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Bend Named Host for XTERRA Trail Running Championships

The Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau, in partnership with the Oregon Sports Authority, today announced that Bend has been named the host destination for the 2008 and 2009 XTERRA Trail Running National Championships. Bend, which was recently voted “America’s Best Trail Running Town” by the editors of Outside Magazine, was selected above other competing destinations due to its variety of terrain, mild fall climate, running-friendly trails, and the enthusiasm, interest…

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Snowathlon

Sean Bemis of Eugene was laughing as he talked about “the hardest fall I’ve ever taken on a mountain bike.” “Fortunately,” said Bemis, 29, a graduate teaching assistant in geology at the University of Oregon. “it was on the snow.” Bemis wasn’t the only rider sent flying over the handlebars when his bike’s front wheel suddenly hit a soft spot on the groomed track here Saturday during the 2008 National…

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Kloser, Best win Winter Nationals

In baseball, there was Cal Ripken, Jr., the “Ironman.” In commercials, it’s the Energizer Bunny-it just keeps going and going. In the world of endurance multisport, we have Mike Kloser. At 48 years old, the legend from Vail, Colorado, showed he still has plenty left both physically and mentally by repeating as the USA Triathlon winter national champion today. With last year’s female national champion, Colorado’s Kerri Nelson absent, Heather…

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Brutal winter test

Mike Kloser, 48, of Vail, Colo., extends his lead on the final lap of the 8-kilometer cross-country leg on his way to winning the 2008 USA Triathlon Winter National Championships on Saturday. Michael Kloser of Vail, Colo., repeated as champion Saturday in the 2008 USA Triathlon Winter National Championship. But the race was close. Runner-up Brian Smith of Gunnison, Colo., was behind Kloser after the 4-kilometer downhill-uphill run, but he…

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U.S. winter triathlon championship looking for traction in Oregon

When it comes to triathlons, the winter version has yet to gain much of a following in the United States. That is one reason the sport’s U.S. championship will be held Saturday morning at Mount Bachelor near Bend, the first time it will have taken place outside of Colorado since the event began in 2001. The race consists of three legs, all on snow: a 4-kilometer run, a 10.5-kilometer mountain…

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Diamond Lake to Mt. Bachelor Relay now Cascade Lakes Relay

The Smith Rock Race Group located in Bend Oregon today announced that the Diamond Lake to Mt. Bachelor Relay has been renamed effective immediately. The new name will be Cascade Lakes Relay – Diamond Lake to Bend Oregon. This change of name reflects the fact that the finish line for the event will now be the nationally recognized Planned Community of NW Crossing. Event organizers decided to make this course…

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Wheelin’ on white

The mountain bikers churned slowly through the hard snow, their tires emitting crunching sounds as the riders made their way toward the Deschutes River Trail from Bend’s Farewell Bend Park. They expressed their thoughts with laughter and some words of bewilderment. Most bikers avoid snow and ice as much as they can, riding in it only when they come across unexpected white patches during a ride. But come Feb. 9,…

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Bend vies to host cyclocross championships in ’09, ’10

Bend tourism and city officials, professional cyclocross racers and the Oregon Sports Authority have signed on to support a bid to bring a national bike race to the city next year that would provide an estimated $2.5 million boost to the visitor economy during an otherwise slow time for tourism. The Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau announced on Thursday the city’s bid for the 2009 and 2010 USA Cycling Cyclocross…

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Register now for the 2008 Winter Triathlon on Mt. Bachelor

Registration for the 2008 USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship presented by Bend Bike N Sport has officially opened. Everyone regardless of age and ability level can register and learn more about the event at oregonsports.org/. The event will occur at Mt. Bachelor on February 9. Registration fees for individuals are $67 prior to February 1 ($77 after) while fees for a three-person team are $61 per person. Seniors over…

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Top professional cyclists converge on Tower Theatre for celebration

They spend the majority of the year traveling across the country and around the globe for bike races, but for similar reasons they all choose to call Bend home. And now, Bendites have a rare opportunity to hear firsthand what motivates these elite riders to compete, what they do to maintain top form, what their plans are for 2008 and why they choose to live and train in Bend. Scheduled…

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World’s preeminent winter filmmaker to feature Bend

They have spent nearly 60 years showcasing some of the world’s top winter destinations from A (Aspen) to Z (Zermatt), and for their 59th annual feature film Warren Miller Entertainment is bringing its film crews to Bend for a feature segment in the company’s 2008 film. “Having Bend featured in the Warren Miller Film Tour gives instant and significant global credibility to Central Oregon’s winter tourism offerings,” said Doug LaPlaca,…

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Local high schools get $20,000 gift

In connection with the official unveiling of its Central Oregon chapter, the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has donated $20,000 to high schools throughout the region. The money is intended to go toward covering athletic participation fees. The donation was announced Tuesday during a luncheon to launch the local Oregon Sports Authority chapter at The Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend. The money will go to the Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Culver,…

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Smith Rock Race Group announces new running relay

The Smith Rock Race Group headquartered in Bend Oregon and the producer of the Smith Rock 15K Sunrise Summer Classic (smithrockrace.org) is pleased to announce a new running relay in Central Oregon.  The event: Diamond Lake to Mt Bachelor Relay is scheduled for August 1-2, 2008. The run portion of the race will begin at Diamond Lake Resort and the first two legs will circle the lake.  The course then…

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State sports authority eyes Central Oregon region for events

Central Oregon already has the reputation of being a training ground for many top athletes and is admired for the quality of its golf courses, cycling and winter recreation. If the Portland-based Oregon Sports Authority has its way, the region will become the official home for more sporting events — and the economy will be the big winner, according to its representatives. The nonprofit organization, which has the mission of…

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Oregon Sports Authority to Launch Central Oregon Chapter

The Oregon Sports Authority, a non-profit organization that has served as the state’s sports economic development arm for more than a decade, will officially unveil its new Central Oregon chapter as part of a luncheon at the Riverhouse Convention Center on Tuesday, October 30. “We are thrilled to be launching our first chapter in Central Oregon,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.  “We look forward to working…

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Mt. Bachelor to Host USA Triathlon Winter National Championships

On February 9, 2008, the top winter triathletes in the country will emerge in Central Oregon as Mt. Bachelor will host the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship.  The sport involves running, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing – all performed on snow. “USA Triathlon is excited about coming to the Pacific Northwest and Mt. Bachelor for the USAT Winter Triathlon National Championship,” said Jeff Dyrek, USAT Nationals Events Director.  “The…

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National-caliber BMX race coming to Redmond in ‘08

The 2008 Great Northwest Nationals will be held at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center April 4-6. The American Bicycle Association (ABA) recently signed an agreement with the fairgrounds to host the race in Redmond. The Great Northwest Nationals, staged for the last five years in Pasco, Wash., is part of the ABA’s national series, which includes races in the United States and Canada. Tracy Stephens, a volunteer in…

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News Release – Redmond to host ABA BMX Nationals

The ABA (American Bicycle Association) has signed an agreement with the Deschutes County Fairgrounds to host the 2008 ABA BMX Great Northwest Nationals bicycle motocross (BMX) race.  The event, presented by Team BMX Oregon and the Oregon Sports Authority, will be held at the Hooker Creek Event Center in Redmond, Oregon April 4-6, 2008. Thousands of BMX racers of all ages and abilities will compete in multiple events as part…

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JELD-WEN Tradition: high praise for move to central Oregon

Even with steady rain Sunday, the Jeld-Wen Tradition’s move to Sunriver’s Crosswater course was successful on several fronts. According to an estimate in a release issued by tournament organizers, 30,000 people attended the four days of the tournament. “Even with a rainy final round Sunday, our crowds were better overall than last year,” the release said.  — Excerpt from The Oregonian, August 20, 2007

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Win two weekly Deschutes Club passes to the JELD-WEN Tradition

Visit OregonLive.com to enter to win two weekly Deschutes Club passes to the JELD-WEN Tradition, featuring private hospitality with first class amenities and a weekly parking pass! The final major championship of the year on the PGA’s Champions Tour — the first year for the Tradition at Sunriver’s Crosswater Golf Club in Central Oregon.  Watch Champions Tour legends like Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Peter Jacobsen, Loren Roberts, Craig Stadler and Tom…

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The Tradition starts over

When it was announced last summer that the Jeld-Wen Tradition was bolting Aloha, its home the past three years, for Central Oregon, it would not have been an unreasonable reaction to say, “Huh?” During its time at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, it had been a nice enough tournament. Organizers always said they were seeing progress, growing the tournament, especially sponsorships. And the Tradition did donate $500,000 from last…

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eUpdate: New Website, Sportlandia and Upcoming Events

The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to officially unveil our entirely new website, featuring the state’s most comprehensive calendar of sports events, the latest sports news and developments from all regions of Oregon, and a directory of links to more than 1,400 sports organizations. View the entire e-newsletter by clicking on the link below.

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U.S. Grand Prix back at Bachelor

The top snowboarders in the country will once again showcase their skills in Central Oregon. Mount Bachelor was selected Tuesday as the second stop for this season’s U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, according to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). The Grand Prix is a three-stop pro tour that includes the best riders in halfpipe and slopestyle. The event, originally scheduled for Mountain Creek Resort in New Jersey, is…

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Gearing up for a flurry of big-time events

Snowboard wunderkind Shaun White might not be competing in Oregon this winter. But the future Shaun Whites of the world will have ample opportunities to test their shredding, spinning and speed skills at events for juniors and amateurs across the state. Two premier events were held in Oregon last winter: a U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix stop at Mt. Bachelor ski area and the first U.S. Snowboarding Snowboardcross championships at Mt.…

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